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.

Austin Elite Rugby – Sani Taylor Austin Elite Rugby has signed Sani Taylor at wing for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Sani is 26 years old, 6’1”, 210lbs, and is excited to bring his experience to a professional team. Taylor is from Hawaii and graduated from Kaiser High School in Honolulu where he played football. He also played for the Titan Rugby Club and the Hawaii Harlequins. In 2014, while with the Quins, his team-mate was Thierry Daupin, a flyhalf, who became General Manager and one of the owners of Austin Elite Rugby. Taylor also attended the International Rugby…

Seattle Seawolves & George Barton The Seattle Seawolves signed 20-year-old Canadian Eagle George Barton at inside center. Barton stands at 6’0”, 230 lbs. and has highlighted his career as a versatile player, exhibiting exceptional speed combined with physical play. Barton is from Duncan, British Columbia, graduated from Shawnigan Lake School in 2015. He played rugby for his high school team and also for Cowichan Rugby Club, where both his father Bruce and his older brother played. Both were capped for Canada. After graduation, he spent two years playing in France with ASM Clermont-Ferrand Rugby Club’s Academy side. This helped his…

Austin Elite Rugby & Zac Mizell Austin Elite Rugby signed Zac Mizell as a flyhalf and utility back for the Major League Rugby 2018 season. Zac is 29 years old and grew up in Keller, Texas and lives in Austin, Texas. He began playing youth rugby at age 11 with the Alliance Rugby Club and after graduating high school, he joined the Dallas Harlequins in 2008, where he played in the USA Rugby Super League until 2010. He then went to Arkansas State University in January 2011 where the team advanced to the USA National 15s Semi-finals that year. The…

Seattle Seawolves Release Seattle, October 24, 2017: Seattle Seawolves Rugby is proud to announce John Clavin, the current Chairman of the USA Rugby Referee & Laws Committee, as a member of its advisory board. Clavin is well known both for his expertise in the application of the laws and regulations of rugby and for displaying an incredible passion for the art of rugby refereeing. “John’s knowledge and passion for the game is respected throughout the rugby community. His commitment to the long-term success of professional rugby within the United States will be an asset to our team and league,” said…

Austin Elite Rugby – Mason Pedersen Austin Elite Rugby signed Mason Pedersen at loosehead prop. Mason joined the Austin Huns for the 2017 season, helping the team win their first USA Rugby Club Division 1 Championship. Mason is 21 years old and went to Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. Upon graduation, he attended college at the University of Arizona in 2014, majoring in Finance. He also participated in a study abroad program at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Mason Pedersen & USA National Team Rugby Mason Pedersen was a member of the USA Rugby…

New Orleans Gold – Jojo Tikoisuva New Orleans Gold Rugby added Metropolis Rugby Club Jojo Tikoisuva, a 21-year-old wing to their team. Tikoisuva was born in Burlingame, California and grew up in Sacramento, where he graduated from Rosemont High School in 2014. While in high school, his rugby talents were known nationally. In 2013 he played on the Under-17 USA High School All-Americans on their England tour. He also played for the Under-19 USA High School All-Americans for their Argentina tours in 2013 and in 2014. He was not only a talented rugby 15s player but excelled at  7s as…

 Austin Elite Rugby and Michael Reid Austin Elite Rugby signed Michael Reid, a scrumhalf that was a member of the Austin Huns Rugby Club’s 2017 USA Rugby Club Division1 National Championship. The Austin Elite Rugby release below presents a comprehensive background about his rugby involvement. Eric Tabor, USA All-American team manager discussed his early play with the All-Americans indicating that “He has been competing against players three years older than him and he has represented himself very well.” His play with the All-Americans of positive signs in his early rugby development. Michael would eventually play professionally for the San Francisco…

Seattle Seawolves Shalom Suniula The Seattle Seawolves signed USA National team and Seattle Saracens player Shalom Suniula to the team. Suniula will play flyhalf, but he is a versatile player that could play center. Shalom Suniula was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa in 1988 and his family moved to Auckland, New Zealand while he and brothers Andrew and Roland were young. All attended Kelston Boys’ High School in Te Atatu, a suburb of Auckland. Shalom attended Kelston Boys’ High School between 2002-2006 when he graduated. The school is highly regarded for its rugby program. While there, he also was selected in…

Utah Warriors Release – Alf Daniels Head Coach The Utah Warriors, a founding member of Major League Rugby (MLR), are excited to announce the appointment of Alf Daniels as Head Coach. Daniels will contribute a wealth of experience to the Warriors as he joins the team ahead of the MLR’s inaugural season. A native of New Zealand, Daniels has coached at almost every level during his 30-year coaching career. After working for the New Zealand Police force, Daniels took a position as the Sports Coordinator at the Church College of New Zealand (CCNZ) working closely with their 1st XV (Varsity)…

Houston Sabercats Release- Major League Rugby The HoustonSaberCats (formerly Strikers Rugby) also mentions San Diego will be playing in 2018. This is the first official mention of that team. The Houston Sabercats Pre-season schedule in listed below. HOUSTON TEXAS: OCTOBER 17: The Houston SaberCats (formerly Strikers Rugby) and the Sugar Land Skeeters partner to bring professional Rugby to the Greater Houston area at Constellation Field, Sugar Land. The Houston ownership explained that the new name would reflect a positive & stronger image for the Houston Team, explaining that a “sabercat” was known for bringing down their competitors by force, while…

Seattle Seawolves Add Air Force Captain Eric Duechle The Seattle Seawolves announced earlier today that Eric Duechle has signed with the team. Duechle is 31 years old and from Erlanger, Kentucky. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virgina. Eric just recently returned to the United States after a tour in Iraq and is on R&R. Eric went to college at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he studied Management. While there, he played for the Zoomie Rugby Club. Eric has achieved many National honors and has represented the United States and representative teams. In 2008 he was…

Seattle Seawolves & Olive Kilifi The Seattle Seawolves signed USA Rugby Men’s Eagles prop Olive Kilifi, where he will be joined in the front row by his former Sacramento Express team-mate, Ray Barkwill. Kilifi was born in Huntington Beach, California and resides in Seattle, Washington. He went to Tyee High School in Seatac, Washington, where he played center and later prop. Prior to graduation, he was selected as a USA High School All-American. He currently plays rugby for the Seattle Saracens. Olive Kilifi made his Eagles debut in November 2013 against Georgia as a reserve and has been capped 20…

Ray Barkwill The Seattle Seawolves have signed Canadian National Team player Ray Barkwill. Ray Barkwill was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and began playing rugby at Westlane Secondary School along with Niagara Wasp RFC of Rugby Ontario’s Senior Men’s League. He went on to play for the Niagara Thunder while continuing his education at Brock University in Ontario. In 2007, he captained Brock University team to its first OUA Rugby Championship while being named OUA Finals MVP. After graduation from Brock University with a BSc. in Physical Geography, he continued his post-graduate studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. While…

Utah Warriors Release Rugby Utah Ventures is proud to announce the inclusion of the Utah Warriors to the Major League Rugby competition in 2018. Major League Rugby is America’s newest professional sports league, made up of seven teams across the country and will commence their first season starting Spring 2018. Player signings and roster announcements will similarly be made in the coming weeks but it’s Kjar’s hope to tap into Utah’s immense depth of rugby talent and cross-over sports athletes. “Rugby has a rich tradition in Utah,” Kjar said, “we’d be foolish to not keep our eyes out for young…

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