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Major League Rugby is a professional USA league that began in 2018 and has teams in the U.S. and in Canada. Current MLR teams include Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, Rugby United New York, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, Toronto Arrows, and the Utah Warriors. In 2020, teams in Atlanta, New England, and Washington, D.C. will join the league and have exhibition matches in 2019.

The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club announced the addition of Bobby Johns to the team for the inaugural Major League Rugby season that begins in April, 2018.  Johns is a versatile back that can play center, flyhalf or scrumhalf. Bobby Johns Rugby, Education & Career Bobby Johns began playing rugby at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he played from 2001-2006. He then attended Louisiana State University, from 2006-2012, earning a earning Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance in 2010 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management in 2012. While at LSU, he played rugby from…

Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Sione Fangaiuiha for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Sione Fangaiuiha grew up in Canberra, Australia and has been playing rugby since the age of 10. His past teams include the Tuggernong Vikings under 18s, Wests Lions rugby first grade side, ACT rugby league school boys, the Canberra Raiders Rugby League U20s, and the Austin Blacks for USA Club 7s. In 2017 he was named as a USA Collegiate All American honorable mention, and Collegiate All American First 7’s team. Sione be joining the Austin Elite Rugby as an outside center. He…

Release, Seattle, October 5, 2017: The Seattle Seawolves Professional Rugby team is proud to announce their partnership with Seattle University’s Masters in Sports Administration & Leadership (MSAL) Program. The unique collaboration brings together one of the fastest growing sports in the United States with a top-tier sports management program which includes the first sports sustainability leadership certificate in the world. The partnership will provide students within the MSAL program internship opportunities with the Seawolves to further enhance their educational foundation with the experience of contributing to the growth of a professional sports organization. “The Seattle Seawolves are thrilled to partner…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Ratu Peceli Rinakama to the team. He is a versatile player that can play multiple positions in the back line. According to Nate Osborne, Head Coach of the New Orleans Gold, “Peceli is an outstanding player. He can play 9, 10, 11 or 15 equally well. He is a smart, fast, elusive and very skillful player. He is one of those rare players that makes something happen every time he touches the ball. He is also a great guy to have around your squad always very positive and hard working.” Ratu Peceli Rinakama was…

Austin Elite Rugby Signs Zinzan Elan-Puttick By Doug Coil Austin Elite Rugby signed Zinzan Elan-Puttick, a fullback. Elan-Puttick was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa and according to Pat Clifton of Rugby Today, moved to Dalhart, Texas, a subsurb of Amarillo, at age 16. He played football in high school and In 2011-2012 he attended West Texas A&M University where he played football. Elan-Puttick then transferred to Arkansas State to play rugby from 2012-2106, missing the 2014/15 season with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The Red Wolves were the USA Rugby Collegiate National Sevens Champions during 2012 and 2013. In…

Phil Mack Joins Seattle Seawolves Seattle Seawolves Release Seattle, October 2, 2017: The Seattle Seawolves Rugby is delighted to announce the arrival of Phil Mack as the player and assistant coach with the team. The 32-year-old, popularly known as the little magician, would be assisting head coach Tony Healy in game preparations, and will also be the team’s key man on the field. “Phil is a world class talent and we are so happy to have him in our squad. His leadership qualities will be immense for us both on and off the field”, said Karl Anderson, investor and CEO…

Tony Healy Named Seattle Seawolves Head Coach Seattle Seawolves Release Seattle, October 2, 2017: The Seattle Seawolves Rugby are excited to announce Tony Healy as the head coach. Healy led British Columbia Bears to 2017 Canadian Rugby Championship title in 2017. In the process, Healy’s team also completed an unprecedented unbeaten campaign in the tournament, their first clean sweep since 2009. “Healy is not just a coach, but is also a superb leader, mentor, and competitor. His brand of Rugby is something that resonates with our vision and we are certain that our team is in fantastic hands” said Karl Anderson,…

Eric Howard & Hubert Buydens: New Orleans Gold Canada Front Row Duo By Doug Coil New Orleans Gold Rugby Club has signed Eric Howard for the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Eric, who plays Hooker for the Canada National Team, will team with Hubert Buydens a loosehead prop, in the front row. Eric began to play rugby as a senior at Earl of March High School after previously playing hockey, soccer, and football. Upon graduation, he played rugby at the University of Guelph for the Gryphons for five years until 2016. During the last two years, he was named MVP…

Seattle Seawolves Name Brian Jones Chief Commercial Officer Seattle Seawolves Release: Seattle, September 28, 2017 The Seattle Seawolves Rugby Club, a charter team of the Major League Rugby League launching its inaugural season in 2018, today announced former Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders executive Brian Jones has been named as the team’s Chief Commercial Officer. Jones is a sports industry veteran, having previously served as Vice President of Business Development for Seattle Sounders FC and Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Seattle Seahawks. “Rugby is exploding onto the American sports scene and its popularity continues to grow worldwide. There…

New Orleans Gold & Hubert Buyden’s Rugby Journey New Orleans Gold Rugby confirmed that Hubert Buydens, who has 43 caps for Canada at loosehead prop, has joined the team. Buydens was a starter for 33 of these matches and was a starter in the eight matches that he played for Canada at the Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015. His first international test cap was obtained in the Canada v England A (Saxons) match in Toronto, Jun 10, 2006. His 43rd cap was earned as Canada’s captain during the Americas Rugby Championship match between Chile and Canada at Santiago,…

Austin Elite Rugby Combine Austin Elite Rugby Release: Austin, TX   Austin Elite Rugby Management LLC announces its first combine on October 14, 2017 in preparation for the Major League Rugby 2018 inaugural season! Austin Elite Rugby Management owners Christopher Bugge, Richard Osborne, Thierry Daupin, former USA Eagles Captain Todd Clever, and Christophe Lavigne along with head coach Alain Hyardet invite all interested male players age 18+ to register for the Combine at austineliterugby.com/combine before the October 6 deadline. Based in Austin, TX, the combine will take place at Stadium ATX fields at 4107 Nixon Ln, October 14, 2017, 8am-5pm. All coaches around…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club Adds Moni Tongauiha New Orleans Gold Rugby Club has signed Moni Tongauiha to the team for the inaugural Major League Rugby season that is slated to begin in April, 2018. Tongauiha grew up in Oakland, California where he played rugby for the Oakland Warthogs in high school. He then joined the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy and benefited from the coaching of Kevin Battle. Kevin Battle, head coach of the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy indicated in Tongauiha’s 2015 player profile that “Tesimoni ‘Moni’ Tongauiha is the ideal mid-field back: big, fast and tenacious. He brings another…

Peter Malcolm to Hook for Austin Elite Rugby Austin Elite Rugby introduced Peter Malcolm yesterday as its first signed player. Peter graduated from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where he played both rugby and football. Upon graduation, he continued playing rugby at Wheeling Jesuit University where he was named a Collegiate All American. Malcolm was also selected to play with the USA Falcons at the Halloween 7s that was held in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 31 and November 1, 2015. Developmental national sides from the USA, Argentina and Canada, as well as current Academy sides, Tiger Rugby,…

Matthew Turner New Seattle Seawolves Rugby Operations Director & Player Seattle Seawolves Rugby Release: Seattle, September 26, 2017: The Seattle Seawolves Rugby are proud to announce the arrival of Mathew Turner as both the team’s Operations Director and as a Senior Player. Mat will be seen in multiple roles with the Seawolves including assisting as the rugby ambassador for the club. “We are thrilled to have Mat on board. It’s hugely beneficial to have someone with Mat’s immense experience and passion associated with the team,” said Adrian Balfour, co-founder of the Seattle Seawolves. Turner will be a key man working…

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