Browsing: Major League Rugby

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.

NOLA Gold Rugby vs. USA Rugby South Panthers The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club begins its exhibition season against the USA Rugby South Panthers this Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm CT at City Park (Magnolia pitch. For NOLA Gold, the match will provide a chance to assess which Academy players might contribute during the Major League Rugby season. There will be some regular NOLA Gold players in the mix along with some local players too. For the USA Rugby South Panthers, the preseason match against NOLA Gold is a great opportunity for the Panthers to experience the professional level…

Rugby United New York & Paddy Ryan Rugby United New York signed Paddy Ryan at tighthead prop. Patrick is 27, 6’1″ and 265 pounds. He is from Cork and Chicago and his brothers Timmy and Dave both played (play) professional rugby. Paddy was eligible for the USA team, as his mother is from the United States. A good tighthead prop is not one to pass up, so Paddy was selected to the Eagles and played as a reserve against Ireland on June 10, 2017, as a reserve. He then started against Canada in Hamilton on June 24. Paddy was selected…

Austin Elite Rugby & Sebastián Kalm Austin Elite Rugby has announced the signing of Sebastián Kalm to the team for the 2019 Major league Rugby season. Sebastián played college rugby at Lindenwood University, where he was an All-American and captained the team to a National Championship. He played back row with the PRO Rugby Ohio Aviators, where he was the second leading try scorer in the League and was the League’s MVP. Sebastián Kalm is from Santiago, Chile and played with the Chilean under 20 national teams. He is U.S. eligible having spent over three years in the U.S. His…

Glendale Raptors & Dakota O’Neil The Glendale Raptors signed Dakota O’Neil for a second Major League Rugby season. Kody is 25, 6’4″, 240 and plays both lock and back row. Kody was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Troutdale. He attended Reynolds High School and after graduation, went to Oregon State University. He attended OSU from 2011-2015 and played rugby. Kody earned two Bachelor Science Degrees from OSU, one in Exercise and Sports Science and the other in Chemistry. He then continued his education at Edith Cowan University, near Perth, Australia, in an online degree program from 2016-2017.…

Glendale Raptors & Connor Cook The Glendale Raptors has re-signed Connor Cook for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Connor is 27-years-old, 6’3″, and 225 pounds. Connor is from Frisco, Colorado and played hockey and enjoys skiing. His family later moved to Hawaii and he played football at Honoka High School. He also played rugby for Waimea Rugby Club. After graduating from high school, he went to Redlands University in California and played football. He was then contacted by Arkansas State University and he transferred there to play rugby. While at ASU, the team won the USA Rugby National 7s…

Houston SaberCats & Robert Meeson The Houston SaberCats have signed Robert Meeson for his second year with the Major League Rugby club. Robert is 31-years-old, 6’4″, 237 pounds and plays lock and back row. He also hada dual role with the club as the Ticketing Director and as a player in 2018. Robert grew up in Sebastopal, California and went to Analy High School from 2001-20015. He was on the track team with hurdles and the 400-meters, his specialties. He also tried cross country and basketball, but they weren’t his passions. That would wait until his 18th birthday when Robert…

Glendale Raptors & Ata Malifa The Glendale Raptors have signed Ata Malifa for a second Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old center is 5’11, and 205 pounds. Malifa was born in American Samoa but moved soon after to New Zealand. His family moved from New Zealand to Samoa at age 5 to care for his grandparents spending most of his early youth there. His family then went back to New Zealand where he resumed his education. Ata is one of five children, which includes four boys and a girl. This includes his twin brother Nese, who is a coach with…

Glendale Raptors & Blake Rogers The Glendale Raptors have signed Blake Rogers to his second Major League Rugby contract with the team. Blake is 24-years-old, 6’1″, 260 pounds and plays prop. Blake is from Colusa, California and went to Jesuit High School Sacramento from 2008-2012. He played football for 4 years, baseball as a Freshman and Sophomore, and rugby beginning his Junior year. He was first exposed to rugby in 8th grade at age 13. Blake went to watch an older brother’s match, who was playing for the University of Nevada at Reno and thought it was an amazing sport.…

Rugby United New York & Chris Mattina Rugby United New York signed Chris Mattina for the 2019Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old, 6’2″, 210 pounds back played during 2018 for the USA Men’s Eagles Sevens team and was part of the residency program in Chula Vista, California. Chris grew up in Manhattan’s Upper Eastside and attended Xavier High School from 2008-2011. He played football for 3 years and losing his Senior year due to a foot injury. He also played basketball and rugby. The later sports combined his love of soccer and football. At Xavier, he played for Mike Tolkin,…

Glendale Raptors & Luke White The Glendale Raptors have signed Luke White for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. White is 27-years-old, 6’3″, and 270-pound. He is a prop, but the team needed to play him at lock for much of the 2018 Major League Rugby season. White is from Sydney, Australia and has been a key contributor at Glendale for some time. The 2019 season promises to be an important one for him, as he becomes U.S. eligible in January 2019. Not only does he want to see the Raptors excel, but he dreams of inclusion on the U.S.…

Toronto Arrows & Dan Moor The Toronto Arrows have signed Canada wing Dan Moor for the 2019 Major League Rugby season.  The Toronto native is 28-years-old, 6’0″, and 22 pounds. Moor attended Queen’s University from 2009-2013 and graduated with a dual Bachelor’s of Commerce and Bachelor’s of Arts in History Degrees. He also played rugby for the Varsity. In 2012 he was an exchange student at University of Otago and played with the rugby club while there. Moor continued his education at the University of Oxford from 2017-2018 graduating with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He also played for…

Glendale Raptors & Hanco Germishuys The Glendale Raptors signed Hanco Germishuys for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old back row is 6’2″, and 224 pounds. Hanco was born in Kimberly, Northern Cape, South Africa and attended Newton School. He began playing rugby at a young age and moved to Omaha, Nebraska with his father in 2004. There he attended Westside High School. Hanco progressed rapidly through the USA Rugby age-grade pathway. He was captain of the Under-18s for TEam USA at the Youth Olympics, played for the Under-18s since age 14 for four consecutive years, and the Under-20s…

Glendale Raptors & Malon Al-Jiboori The Glendale Raptors signed Malon Al-Jiboori for the 2019 and 2020 Major League Rugby seasons. Malon is 21-years-old, 6’3″, and 240 pounds. Malon is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended Tulsa Union High school where he played football and began to play rugby when he was 16. He declined a football scholarship and attended Lindenwood University from 2015 -2017, where he continued to play rugby. Malon had a breakout year in 2016. He made his test Eagles Sevens debut at the 2016 Singapore Sevens, in rugby 15s as captain for the USA MJAAs in the World…

Houston SaberCats & Austin Blacks Houston SaberCats head coach Justin Fitzpatrick believes that having exhibition season matches prepares the team for the regular season. With Major League Rugby expanding to a 16 game season for 2019, it is critical that players that can contribute for even a game or two be evaluated. An exhibition season match against an outstanding Division 1 club team like the Austin Blacks prepares both teams for their respective seasons. The scoreline is not the only consideration, as developing timing and using different player combinations help both the players and the coaches in their preparation. The…

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