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.

The Toronto Arrows signed Johnny Sheridan for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old wing, is 6’0″ and 195 lbs. Johnny is from Bolton, Ontario and played rugby at Humberview Secondary School. While there, he was a four-time MVP. He also played for the Ontario Under-17s and won a gold medal. He attended Humber College from 2013-2017 earning a Business Administration Advanced Diploma. He also earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Guelph where he attended from 2017-2018. While at Humber College, he was named Humber Varsity Freshman Athlete and Rookie of the Year in 2014.…

The Toronto Arrows signed Uruguay wing Leandro Leivas for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 30-years-old, 5’11”, and 215 lbs. Leandro is from Montevideo, Uruguay and began playing rugby at age 6 for Stella Morris College. He plays club rugby for the Old Christians and of interest, he is a blacksmith and farrier. Leandro attended the Universidad de la Empresa for Agricultural Studies and the Universidad de la Republica for Veterinary Sciences. Leandro Leiva and Uruguay National Team Leandro played for the Uruguay Under-20s in the World Rugby Trophy competition in 2008. His national team appearance since then…

The Toronto Arrows signed Canada center Guiseppe du Toit for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Guiseppe is 23-years-old, 6’0″ and 220 lbs. Guiseppe is from Maple Ridge, British Columbia and attended Shawnigan Lake High School. He played mini rugby with Ridge Meadows Bruin and then stopped for a while to concentrate on soccer before returning to rugby. He progressed through BC age-grade rugby beginning with the Under-15s. He also represented the Canada Under-20s beating the U.S. 24-23 in the World Rugby Trophy Qualifier with the winning kick. This propelled the team into the Trophy competition. Guiseppe attended the University…

Austin Elite Rugby Club signed Moroccan wing Soheyl Jaoudat for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Soheyl is 22-years-old, 5’8″, and 161 lbs. Soheyl played for ASM Clermont Auvergne Juniors in 2008 through 2009 and then the team’s Academy from 2010-2018. He helped the ASM Under-22s win the 2018 Espoirs French Championship. The speedy wing also played for the Moroccan Rugby National 15s team. He earned 15 caps and helped the team gain wins in both the 2016 and 2017 African Cup and in the Maghreb Tri-Nations. Soheyl also played for the Moroccan Sevens team, earning 55 caps. Austin Elite…

The Toronto Arrows will have Saracens Academy back row Jack Nay on loan for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old, 6’4″, 240 pound No.8 is from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Jack played for England Under-20s in 2017-2018 in the World Rugby U20s Championship, as well as in the Six Nations. He previously represented England on the Under-18s. During the 2017-2018 season, Jack was loaned to the Bedford Blues and he scored six tries during the Greene King IPA Championship. He played in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2018 and then played for the Saracens against the USA Islanders in Bermuda…

Rugby United New York signed Irish center Will Leonard for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old back began playing rugby with Shannon RFC youth team when he was 8 years old. He attended Crescent Comprehensive College from 2011-2014 and won the school’s first Munster School Senior Cup in 2013 in 19 years. The team then won consecutive Cups the next year. Will also was a contributor in winning the Munster Junior Cup and the Munster Schools Bowen Shield. In 2014 he also played for the Munster Under-20s, starting against both Connacht and Ulster U20s. Following his graduation from…

The Toronto Arrows signed Jamie Leveridge for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Jamie is 24-years-old, 6’2″ and 210 pounds. Jamie is originally from George Town, Cayman Islands, but has spent most of his life in Oakville, Ontario. He attended Abbey Park High Schooland then went to McMaster University from 2012-2016, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. While playing rugby at McMaster University for the Marauders, was captain his last two seasons, helped the team win an OUA medal, was a three-time OUA All-Star and won MVP honors in 2016. He also helped the team win the…

The Toronto Arrows signed Marcello Wainwright for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Marcelo is 22-years-old, 5’11”, and 220 pounds. Marcello is from Toronto and attended Brefeuf College School. He then went to the University of Guelph in 2015 pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Kinesiology, Fitness, and Health. He played rugby for the Guelph Gryphons helping them win the 2016 OUA Men’s Championship. He was selected to the 2017 and 2018 OUA Men’s All-Stars at back row. Marcello plays club rugby for the Toronto Scottish and representative rugby for the Ontario Blues since 2016. Marcello has also…

The Toronto Arrows signed Riley Di Nardo at scrumhalf for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Riley is 23-years-old, 5’5″, and 175 pounds. Riley is from Toronto and played age-grade rugby on the Rugby Ontario Junior Blues Under-14s, 15s, 16s, 17s, 18s, and 19s. In 2018 he played with the Ontario Blues. Riley attended the University of Guelph from 2014-2018 majoring in Kinesiology, Fitness, and Health. He played rugby with the Gryphons, played in the 2018 Canadian University Rugby Championship and was selected to the OUA All-Stars. Riley is also an accomplished rugby sevens player. He played for the Upright…

The San Diego Legion re-signed Eagles scrumhalf and wing, Nate Augspurger for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Nate is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is 28 years old, 5’8″ tall and weighs 175 pounds. Augspurger went to Minneapolis Southwest High School before attending college at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities from 2008 until his graduation with a B.A. in Sociology in 2012. He played rugby at the University and was a Collegiate All-American. He also played rugby sevens with the Youngbloodz. Augspurger has also played club rugby for the East Side Banshees (beginning in high school), Old Blue…

The Toronto Arrows signed Mitch Richardson for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 22-years-old, 6’2″ and 205 pounds. Mitch is from Stoney Creek, Ontario and played hockey and rugby at Saltfleet High School. He won OFSAA silver and bronze medals in hockey. Mitch played both representative soccer and hockey. He was offered a contract with the Junior B Ancaster Avalanche in hockey, but after a successful tryout for the Canada Under-20s, he turned to rugby. He played for and was the captain of the Ontario Junior Blues in both 15s and 7s and played in the Canadian National…

The Toronto Arrows added former Canada Sevens captain John Moonlight for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old flanker is 6’2″ and 223 pounds. John is from Pickering, Ontario and is a firefighter in the town. He played hockey, football, volleyball and rugby as a youth, the latter starting at age 9. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University beginning in 2005 and graduated with a BA in 2014. He also attended the University of Victoria. John played club rugby with the Ajax Wanderers and James Bay Athletic Association. Canada National Team John played both rugby 15s and 7s for Canada.…

Austin Elite Rugby signed South African Rikus Zwart for the 2019 major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old, 6’4″, 256 pound back row is from Kimberly, Northern Cape, South Africa and began playing rugby when he was nine at Newton Primary School. He then went to Hoërskool Noord-Kaap and the University of Kwa Zula-Natal. Rikus played provincial rugby with the Griquas Under-16s and Under-18s. In 2014 he was named Sportsman of the Year. He then progressed through the Cell C Sharks age-grade system playing lock and flanker with the Under-19s in 2015 and the Under-21s from 2016 to 2017. In 2017…

The Seattle Seawolves signed South African scrumhalf Juan-Philip Smith for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 24-years-old, 6’2″, and 205 pounds. Smith was born in Bloemhof, South Africa and attended Queen’s College in Queenstown before attending the University of Pretoria. He played youth rugby with the Border Bulldogs from 2010-2011. He represented them on the Under-16s during Grant Khomo Week and for the Under-18s during Craven Week. He then played with the Blue Bulls from 2013-2015 being selected for the 2014 Vodacom Cup but being unable to play due to his selection for the South Africa Under-20s. In…

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