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.

July 22, 2017 Dean Howes New Rugby Utah Venures Chair Rugby Utah Ventures Release July 22, 2017 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Rugby Utah Ventures (RUV), the state’s officially recognized Geographic Rugby Organization, announced changes to its leadership team this week. Departing Rugby Utah’s front office will be co-founder and Chairman Ken Rivera who is leaving to pursue other business interests. RUV Vice-Chairman Dean Howes will step in to assume Chairman role on an interim basis at the same time that the RUV management prepares for the launch of its Major League Rugby (MLR) team set to kick off…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Zach Pangelinan a USA Rugby Eagle. Zach has been a stalwart of a successful OMBAC Rugby team for many seasons, including last season when they won the California Cup. More recently he has been playing for Randwick Rugby Club in the prestigious Australia Shute Shield. Zach is a fullback and a wing. “Thank you to the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play some competitive rugby. I am very excited to make the move to Houston and represent the Strikers in their inaugural season. I can’t…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Pagopagohokma Taeaomua Haini. Pago is an explosive back row forward and capped USA Rugby Eagle 7s player. Pago is a product of the Marist St Pats Rugby Football Club in New Zealand but has more recently been playing for the Santa Monica Rugby Club Dolphins in Southern California. “I am very excited to be joining the Strikers and am looking forward to the challenge ahead.” Coach Fitzpatrick said, “Pago is a powerful ball-carrying back row player who came to my attention via Grant A Cole of This Is…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Diego Armando Maquieira, an Alumni of Northeastern Men’s Rugby. More recently Diego has been playing for Mystic River Rugby Club where he was a prominent member of the 2016 USA Club Rugby Division 1 National Championship winning team. “I would like to thank Coach Fitzpatrick and the Strikers Rugby organization for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love at the next level. I’m excited to learn from new coaches, meet new teammates, move to the city of Houston, and be a part of something new…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Codi Jones, alumni of California State University Maritime Academy – Cal Maritime. More recently Codi has been playing prop in Australia in the prestigious Shute Shield competition for Randwick Rugby Club “The Galloping Greens”. “I am thrilled to be joining this elite program with the coaching staff and training facilities to back it. I would like to thank Coach Fitzpatrick and everyone at the Strikers organization for this opportunity. I look forward to giving this team my very best.” Coach Fitzpatrick said, “Codi is talented young American prop…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Houston native Christopher Slater. Chris is an Alumni of Cypress Ridge High School and Sam Houston State University where he played Corner Defensive Back for the #Bearkats. More recently Chris has been playing rugby in Canada in the prestigious BC Rugby Premier League for one of North Americas top rugby programs: James Bay Athletic Association where he played wing. “I am thankful to have the opportunity to represent the strikers in the upcoming Major League Rugby season and blessed to be lucky enough to play in my home…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of back row player Kyle Sumsion. Kyle is a former BYU Rugby captain, Collegiate All American and USA Rugby Eagle he is completing his MBA at Lindenwood University-Belleville Campus where he helped coach the Lindenwood University – Belleville Rugby program. “I am honored and thrilled to join the Houston Strikers organization and take part in the inaugural Major League Rugby season. I am grateful to coach Fitzpatrick, the Strikers ownership and everyone involved with the team for letting me continue to play the game I love at a high…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of second row player Jackson Slater a Houston native and alumni of the The Woodlands High School, where he played for Woodlands Youth Rugby Club rugby and is a graduate of Baylor University and now plays his rugby for Lone Star Rugby Club under former Wasps player and now Lone Star Coach Phil Beck who has a keen eye for identifying and developing young players. “I would like to thank Coach Fitzpatrick for the opportunity to play for the Strikers. I’m looking forward to the promising competition that Major…

June 16, 2017 Nate Osborne To Coach New Orleans Gold Photo: New Orleans Gold of Nate Osborne Doug Coil New Orleans Gold has named Nate Osborne Head Coach for their inaugural Major League Rugby season. Nate, originally from Australia, has made an impact on USA Rugby, having coached Metropolis RFC in Minnesota for many years. His lead the team to being a force in the Midwest, in the Gold Cup and nationally. Nate was also an assistant coach for the Eagles during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Nate’s leadership will be important for New Orleans Gold to develop a quality…

June 16, 2017 Mike Ford Named as Director of Rugby for Dallas Griffins Photo: Courtesy of Dallas Griffins of Mike Ford Dallas Griffins Release MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ATTRACTS MAJOR LEAGUE COACHING In a bold statement of things to come in Major League Rugby, Dallas Griffins have secured the services of one of the world’s most respected rugby coaches. The former Head Coach of Toulon, Bath Rugby and Saracens and a Defensive Coach for England, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions, Mike has worked closely with some of the sport’s most successful players in club and international rugby. The English…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Northern Irish Tight Head Prop Adam Macklin a product of the Ulster Rugby Official and Irish Rugby pathway having come through the famous Methodist College Belfast Rugby program has produced multiple Ulster and Irish rugby players over its long and storied history. Adam comes to the Strikers with experience in the PRO12 Rugby, European Cup, and the English Championship with Irish Provence Ulster and Rotherham Titans. Adam said, “I am delighted to sign with the Houston Strikers and look forward to being reunited with Justin. I got on…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce Charlie Hewitt, a lock, will be joining us. Charlie is a product of Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors in England. He has represented England at age grade levels and has played for the Warriors in the Aviva Premiership, Anglo-Welsh & European Rugby Challenge Cup competitions. Charlie played for London Scottish FC in the English Championship and in the British Irish Cup. Charlie says: “I’m really looking forward to coming to America and joining the Strikers. I’ve been in the English rugby setup most of my life and after talking at length…

May 4, 2017 Major League Rugby to launch in Spring 2018 Major League Rugby Release: May 4, 2017 Salt Lake City UT: Beginning in 2018, Major League Rugby (MLR) will launch as a new professional rugby competition in North America. MLR will be the premier rugby competition in the United States. By drawing on the best domestic talent MLR will create an intense, fast paced competition and a top-tier media product. MLR will introduce rugby to the American sports mainstream, provide a focal point for millions of existing fans and bring even more new supporters to the game. MLR will…

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