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.

Glendale Raptors signed Dylan Takaito-Simpson for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Dylan is 28-years-old, 5’9″, and 190 lbs. He was a member of the Australia Sevens training squad, and has played professionally in Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Scotland, and Italy. Dylan lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has been employed as a recruitment consultant, while playing for the 2018 Waikato Development Squad and for Hautapu in the Waikato Premier Club competition. Dylan attended Tauranga Boys College in Tauranga, New Zealand from 2003-2006. He then moved to Australia and attended Keebra park High School in Southport from 2006-2008. He also…

Glendale Raptors signed Zach Fenoglio for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Zach is 29-years-old, 6’2″, and 240 lbs. Zach has balanced family, full-time employment, and rugby for several years. He made a conscious decision to step aside from USA Rugby National team consideration after the 2015 Rugby World Cup despite being young. He still is among the best hookers in the U.S. Zach attended Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado from 2003-2007 and played football and rugby. He then went to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles from 2007-2011. He played rugby there and graduated with honors with…

Glendale Raptors Release GLENDALE, Colo. – The Glendale Raptors have returned from their brief holiday break, hitting the ground running in preparation for the 2019 Major League Rugby Season, which kicks off with preseason games against the San Diego Legion on January 13 and the Houston SaberCats on January 19. With very little time in 2019 to get everyone integrated, Raptors head coach David Williams is getting right back at it with two-a-day trainings and his strength and conditioning regimen that has become typical of this professional program. “Right now, we are interested in seeing how our new additions mesh…

Austin Elite Rugby signed Peni Tagive, a wing, for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 30-years-old, 6’4″, and 225lbs. The Australian born center of Fijian descent was born in Campbelltown, New South Wales. He went to St. Gregorys College and played junior football for East Campbelltown Eagles. He also played rugby league for SG Ball Under-18s and Jersey Flegg Under-20s for the Western Suburbs Magpies. In 2006, he was selected to the Australia Schoolboys for a tour. After taking a year off in 2007 to recover from shoulder surgery, Tagive made his first-grade debut in 2008, playing for…

Rugby United New York has added to their strong contingent of players from Ireland and of Irish descent, signing James Rochford at prop for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 25-years-old, 6’3″, and 269 lbs. James began playing rugby with Crosshaven RFC at age 5 and continued with the Cork club until he was 18. He helped lead the team to two Munster Under-16s and two Under-18s Championships and was the captain of the U18s. He then played with Cork Constitution winning the All Ireland Bateman Cup twice, before switching to Dolphin RFC for the 2014-2015 season. With…

San Diego Legion signed Waratahs Super Rugby Prop Matt Sandell for the 2019 major League Rugby season. He is 23-years-old, 6’2″, and 245 lbs. Matt is from Wellington, New South Wales, Australia and moved as a youth to Mudgee, He attended St. Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, a suburb of Sydney, playing with their first side at tighthead prop from 2011-2013. He was selected to the Australian Schoolboys in both 2012 and in 2013. The team won the Trans-Tasman Shield in New Zealand in 2012 and toured Europe in 2013. Matt made his debut with Sydney University in the Shute…

San Diego Legion signed Nick Lupian for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Nick is 23-years-old, 5’11”, 195 lbs, and plays either center or wing. He is from La Mesa, California and attended Helix High School where he played football, wrestled, and was on the track and field team, specializing in the pole vault. Following his high school graduation, he attended San Diego State University and started playing rugby with the Aztecs his freshman year. His speed and ability to score tries helped his selection to the USA Collegiate Rugby Under-23s tour to Queensland, Australia in 2016. After College Nick…

San Diego Legion signed Devin Short for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Devin is 20-years-old, 6’4″, and 215 lbs. Devin is from Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Arbor View High School. He was a multi-sport athlete, participating in football, track, wrestling, volleyball, and in his senior year, rugby. Despite being new to the sport of rugby, Devin helped to lead the Blackhawks to a Nevada high school state title. He attended the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy and played with their SoCal team, winning the Rocky Mountain Challenge. This led to his selection to the USA Rugby Under-18s High School…

San Diego Legion signed Derrick Broussard for a second Major League Rugby season. Derrick is 28-years-old, 6’1″, and 220 lbs. Derrick is from Huntington Beach, California and lives in San Diego. He attended Kingwood High School and went to San Diego State University from 2008-2013, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Derrick played rugby with the Aztecs in College and then joined OMBAC, where he has played since then. Derrick played for the Philippines National 15s and 7s team beginning in 2016 and has earned three 15s caps for the Volcanoes. He helped the team…

San Diego Legion signed Conor Kearns for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Conor joined the Legion after completing a Master’s Degree at the University of Oxford. He is 25-years-old, 6’2″, and 210 lbs. Conor balances his education and his athletic career playing rugby. He attended Glenstal Abbey School from 2005-2011 and played rugby. He progressed through both the Munster age-grade and USA age-grade systems playing for Munster Under-19s, Under-20s, and then for Munster A in 2016. He also played for the USA Under-20s in 2013 and the Collegiate All-Americans in 2016 on their Queensland, Australia tour. He attended Trinity…

San Diego Legion signed Nick Evans at wing for a second Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old Honolulu, Hawaii native is 5’10” and 200 lbs. Nick grew up in a navy family and moved throughout his childhood. He attended Brighton High School in Tennessee and played rugby beginning at age 15. After graduating in 2008, he went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management. He entered Tennessee on a Volunteer Rugby Scholarship and played for the Volunteers, captaining the side for the 2011-2012 season. In…

San Diego Legion signed Alec Barton for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Alec joined the team last May after graduating Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, and Marketing. The 24-year-old back row. is 6’2″ and 215 lbs. Alec is from Vista, California and went to Cathedral Catholic High School along with fellow teammate Aaron Mitchell. He played rugby in high school and also with the San Diego Mustangs, winning the Under-19s Southern California Championship in 2013. While at St. Mary’s College, the team won their third National D1A Rugby Championship in 2017 with…

San Diego Legion signed Jay Harmon for a second Major League Rugby season. The 35-year-old lock, Albert ‘Jay’ Harmon, was born in American Samoa. He is 6’5″ and 250 lbs. Jay spent seven years in the U.S. Army and played rugby for Alataua in American Samoa and attended Leone High School there. He also played rugby for Ft. Bragg, the Tacoma Nomads, and Ft. Lewis Rugby Club prior to joining OMBAC in 2012. Jay was a standout player for Old Mission Beach Athletic Club since he joined and helped lead the team to the California Cup Championship in 2017. Prior…

San Diego Legion signed tighthead prop Nathan Sylvia for a second Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old is 6’2″ and 260 lbs. Nathan excelled in rugby as Cal Poly and was named as a2016 USA Rugby Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention. He also was among several D1A Rugby players to train with the ACT Brumbies in Canberra, Australia in 2016. While there, he played with Randwick Rugby Club Under-20s. In 2018 Nathan played with San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club in the Pacific Rugby Premiership. He then joined the San Diego Legion for their inaugural Major League Rugby season. He returns…

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