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.

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club & Will Crawford The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Will Crawford, from Louisiana Tech University. He plays back row, is 24 years old, is 6’4” and weighs 245 pounds. Crawford is from Indiana and attended high school at Culver Academy where he played football and rugby from 2008-2012. While there, he was honored as Associated Press Honorable Mention for Defensive Line 2010-2011, Indiana High School Football Journal noteworthy player 2009, 2010, 2011, and was President of the Culver Rugby Club in 2011. In 2012 he was selected by DownUnder Sports as the State of…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club & Joey Sok The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club utilized USA Rugby Falcons Sevens wing in their pre-season Major League Rugby match against the Capital Rugby Union Selects on January 20, 2018. Sok is a wing but also has played fullback. He is 23 years old, 5’9″ and weighs 180 pounds. Sok is from Holland, Michigan and graduated from West Ottawa High School in 2012. In high school, he played football, baseball, and rugby during his last two years. Upon graduation, he went to Lansing Community College from 2012-2013 and then to Davenport University from…

New Orleans Gold Rugby Club & Matt Wirken The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club have utilized Matt Wirken at lock during their pre-season Major League Rugby matches. He is 28 years old, 6’7″, and weighs 265 pounds. Wirken is from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Rockhurst High School in 2008 and played football while there. He then went to Lindenwood University from 2012-2015 and graduated from Rockhurst University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish. While at Lindenwood, he played rugby and was selected for the Heart of America U20 Selects. He also played with the Kansas City…

Rugby United New York vs. Ontario Arrows Rugby United New York beat the Ontario Arrows 36-19 in their first Major League Rugby exhibition season match at Iona College’s Mazzella Field on March 17, 2018. The Ontario Arrows made 7 changes to their starters from their 28 all draw against the Houston SaberCats on March 3. One of their objectives was to see how some of their younger players would handle competing against a formidable Rugby United New York team. In a fast-paced match with excellent pressure defense from both sides, Rugby United New York took a 26-0 lead into the…

Rugby United New York vs. Ontario Arrows Rugby United New York hosts the Ontario Arrows in their first Major League Rugby exhibition season match at Iona College’s Mazzella Field at 2 pm ET. The Ontario Arrows are playing their second match of the season after traveling to Houston on March 3 to play the SaberCats and drawing 28 all. The Rugby United New York and the Ontario Arrows will play an exhibition season during 2018. Rugby United New York is an Associate member of Major League Rugby for 2018 and will become a full-member for in 2019. Major league Rugby…

Ontario Arrows Release ONTARIO ARROWS ANNOUNCE YORK UNIVERSITY AS 2018 HOME VENUE (TORONTO, ON) – “The Ontario Arrows Rugby Club has announced its home venue for the club’s 2018 spring season. The Arrows, Canada’s first privately-funded high-performance rugby team, will play and train at York University for its inaugural season. The club’s two home matches will be played at York Lions Stadium, while training sessions will be held at the adjacent Alumni Stadium. “We are very excited to begin this new partnership with York University,” said Arrows general manager Mark Winokur. “To be able to put our players and fans in…

San Diego Legion & Brett Thompson The San Diego Legion have added Eagles Sevens and 15s player Brett Thompson for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. He is from Tempe, Arizona, 27 years old, 6’4″, and 225 pounds. Thompson was exposed to rugby at an early age and began playing when he was 12. His father Salty is the USA Boys High School All-Americans Coach, and also coached Tempe RFC, as well as at Arizona State. Brett spent a number of years playing with Tempe RFC. Tompson attended Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona, where he played football…

Glendale Raptors & Luke White The Glendale Raptors will have 26-year-old, 6’3″, 270-pound prop, Luke White on the 2018 Major League Rugby roster. White is from Sydney, Australia and can also fill in at lock. White went to high school at Saint Ignatius College, Riverview, one of the best rugby schools in Australia. The team won the GPS 1st XV premiership in both 2008 and in 2009. He also spent the 2009-2010 season with the Wests Tigers Rugby League training squad. He then joined the Manly Marlins Rugby Union Club for the 2010-2011 season. Between 2012-2015 White concentrated on his…

Utah Warriors & David Tameilau The Utah Warriors announced today the signing USA Eagle, Tevita Tameilau, a 6’5, 260 lb flanker, and lock, for the inaugural season of Major League Rugby. Tameilau is from Redwood City, California and started playing rugby with the Peninsula Green High School Rugby Club. He was a versatile athlete there, playing No.8, flanker, lock, and center. He earned representative honors playing for the USA Rugby U18, U19 and U20 teams. In 2007 he played at the U19 World Cup and in 2008 went to Kenya for the Junior World Cup. After graduating from Serra High…

San Diego Legion & Tony Purpura The San Diego Legion signed Eagle prop Anthony Purpura. He is 31 years old, 6’3″ tall and weighs 260 pounds. Purpura is from Lawrence, Massachusetts and attended Brooks School in Andover, MA, and Avon Old Farms in Avon, Connecticut. He then went to the University of Maine between 2005-2009.  While at the University, he played rugby and was a co-captain and president of the team. In 2007 was the team’s best year. “As the season went on, we climbed up higher in the national rankings,” Anthony Purpura said. “It was by far the most…

San Diego Legion & Cam Dolan The San Diego Legion will have an Old Blue of New York flavor with the signing of Eagle Cam Dolan. In addition to Dolan, Nate Augspurger, Ryan Matyas, and Tony Purpura have joined the team. Dolan is 28 years old, 6’7″ tall and weighs 254 pounds. He plays both back row and lock, although he normally plays No. 8. Dolan is from Fort Meyers, Florida and began playing rugby in high school with the Naples Bears before going to Life University. There he achieved rugby acclaim and was a 4-time Collegiate All-American. The team…

San Diego Legion & Tadhg Leader The San Diego Legion have a versatile back in the former Connacht player, Tadhg Leader. He is 26 years old and according to Murray Kinsella of the 42.ie, has signed a two-year contract. Leader is from Castlegar in Galway, Ireland and attended Cistercian College Roscrea, a boarding school in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, from 2008-2010. According to Kinsella, he was the oldest brother of three, with his brother Darragh, a wing for Connacht and his youngest brother Greg having played age grade rugby for the Province. From 2012 to 2014 played for both the…

San Diego Legion & Nate Augspurger The San Diego Legion have a spark plug in Eagles scrumhalf and wing, Nate Augspurger. He 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…

San Diego Legion & Ben Cima The San Diego Legion has been slowly revealing images of some of its players. Ben Cima is 21 years old, 6’1″ tall and weighs 189 pounds. Cima was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and prior to his move to San Diego, resided in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended Gonzaga College High School from 2010-2014 and was a four-time High School All-American. While at Gonzaga, the team won the National Championship in 2014. Cima then went to the University of Maryland in 2014, where he played with his brother Matias, before moving on to play club…

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