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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.

Curry Hitchborn Rugby Development Director Seattle Seawolves Seattle Seawolves Release The Seattle Seawolves are proud to announce Curry Hitchborn as their Rugby Development Director. “Curry is one of the most hard-working people I know,” Adrian Balfour, co-founder of the Seattle Seawolves, said when making the announcement. “His knowledge, expertise and passion for rugby is unparalleled and we couldn’t be happier to have him as part of the Seawolves coaching staff.” Hitchborn is no stranger to success on the rugby field. He won three Premierships in a row, including two with Okanagan Springs while at UBC and one with Capilano RFC,…

Strikers Rugby Release Welcome, Robert Meeson to the Strikers Rugby team! Robert went to Elsie Allen High School and played for the Elsie Allen Lobo Rugby Club. He went to college at UC Davis where he continued playing for the Men’s Rugby Club. After college, Robert joined the Santa Rosa Rugby Club and joined the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy where he was picked up by the Sacramento Express. Last season Robert played for the Seattle Saracens in the BC Rugby Premier League. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director,…

Sebastián Kalm Joins the New Orleans Gold The New Orleans Gold announced the signing of Sebastián Kalm to the team for the inaugural Major league Rugby season. Sebastián played college rugby at Lindenwood University, where he was an All-American. He played backrow with the PRO Rugby Ohio Aviators, where he was the second leading try scorer in the League and was the League’s MVP. Kalm has also played with the Chilean under 20 national team, but since he did not play with the senior team, is eligible to play for the USA national team based on his residency. New Orleans…

Austin Elite Rugby – Alain Hyardet Head Coach Austin Elite Rugby Release Austin Elite Rugby is proud to announce Alain Hyardet as Head Coach. Mr. Hyardet brings his considerable coaching experience to Austin Elite Rugby for the 2018 inaugural Major League Rugby season. After retiring from playing professional rugby in 1996, Alain began a new career as a coach for USAP in Perpignan, France, and led them to the first TOP 16 Final in 1998 against Stade Français. In 1999, he joined the Béziers (PRO D2), becoming D2 champions in their first season, three seasons later they qualified for the…

Strikers Rugby Release Please welcome Dan Paul to the Strikers Rugby team! Paul joined us at our second #Strikersrugby Combine. Dan is a former student of Jakarta Intercultural School and Brigham Young University. He was the 2008 Collegiate Rugby Championship runner-up, and the 2009 Collegiate Rugby Champion. Paul has played for both Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC and West Houston Rugby Club. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby Coach Justin Fitzpatrick Welcomes Jake Turnbull to Team Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Jake Turnbull who has represented the USA Rugby Selects is currently in Australia playing in the prestigious Shute Shield for Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union team. Jake says: “I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to come to Houston and the Lone Star State and represent the Strikers. I can’t wait to hit the ground running and help the great people of Houston develop a love for rugby and their team the Houston Strikers. Thank you to coach Fitzpatrick…

Strikers Rugby Release Welcome, Kenneth Hepburn to the Strikers Rugby team! Kenneth studied at Sam Houston State University. He played for the USA Rugby U19’s and is the former captain of the Jamaica 7s team. Hepburn has previously played for Lone Star Rugby Club, The Woodlands Rugby Club, and Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC. Hepburn has been doing incredible work giving back to rugby and developing the next generation of players as the Head Coach of CyFair Warriors Rugby. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie…

September 8, 2017 Austin Elite Rugby partners with Exaduo Sport Austin Elite Rugby Release AUSTIN, TX –  Austin Elite Rugby is proud to welcome Exaduo Sport, as the official Player Management Platform. Developed in 2015 by EXADUO, Exaduo Sport is a global player management platform dedicated to professional sports teams. Built by digital specialists in collaboration with the French National Rugby Union team and Racing 92, the French TOP 14 champion in 2015-2016. Exaduo Sport is the leader in the French sports software market, and is used by the most famous, French rugby union and soccer teams. The platform aims…

Strikers Rugby Release Please welcome Chris Milledge to the Strikers Rugby team! Chris attended high school at Providence High School (North Carolina) and college at UNC Charlotte where he played for the Charlotte Rugby Club. Milledge is a representative of USA Rugby South and played for Byron Bay Rugby Club in Australia. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle Sumsion – Flanker Christopher Slater –Wing Cody Jones – Prop Diego…

Strikers Rugby Release Please welcome Chris Parker to the Strikers Rugby team! Parker is a product of the Katy Barbarians Rugby Club HS program and has previously played for both Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC & the Austin Blacks and is a Texas A&M Rugby Alumni. He has also represented the Collegiate All Americans & USA Rugby U-19 teams. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle Sumsion – Flanker…

Strikers Rugby Release Please welcome Josua Vici to the Strikers Rugby team! Josua is a FIJI RUGBY 7s player who has played multiple tournaments in the World Rugby Sevens Series under fellow Striker and Fijian 7s captain, Osea Kolinisau. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt – Lock Jake Turnbull – Prop Adam Macklin – Tighthead Prop Jackson Slater – Lock Kyle Sumsion – Flanker Christopher Slater –Wing Cody Jones – Prop Diego Armando Maquieira – Hooker Pagopagohokma Taeaomua Haini – Backrow Zach Pangelinan – Fullback…

Austin Elite Rugby – Emma Powell Marketing Content Manager  Austin Elite Rugby Release Please welcome Emma Powell to the AER team as marketing content manager. Emma will be one of the faces behind the AER social media accounts, and you can contact her directly with marketing needs through FB messenger or epowell@austineliterugby.com With a background in graphic design, photography, and most recently marketing for Challenger Sports British Soccer, she earned a BS from BYU-Idaho in entrepreneurial management and marketing graphic design with 10+ years of owning her own photography business. Emma started playing rugby in 1993 as the first…

Strikers Rugby Release The Strikers Rugby second combine impressed the coaches. Andres Diaz is the sixth player signed by the approximately 70 plus athletes that attended. Andres attended St. Thomas High School and Texas A&M University. He was a Texas Selects player and Junior All-American. Diaz is a former Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC player. Other players signed following the second combine include Willie Perry-Jackson, Kieran Farmer, Conor Mills, LaThaddeus Hill Jr., and Colton Pederson. Coaches Justin Fitzpatrick, Sam Windsor and Matt Trouville have been hard at work building a talented team that hopes to contend when the 2018…

Strikers Rugby Release Kieran Farmer has joined the Strikers Rugby team after participating in the second combine on August 19. Kieran currently plays for Woodlands Youth Rugby Club, winners of this season’s Rugby Texas HS Championship. Farmer learned to play rugby with the Azerbaijan Tisa Titans from 2006-2011. He attended The Woodlands High School and was on the Varsity Track team 2015-2016. Farmer played for Napier Old Boys Marist Rugby in New Zealand this Summer. He is a flyhalf. Strikers Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick – Head Coach Sam Windsor – Backs Coach, Flyhalf Matt Trouville – Academy Director, Backrow Charlie Hewitt…

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