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.

MLR and XBlades ink exclusive apparel deal SALT LAKE CITY (December 20, 2017) — “Major League Rugby (MLR) today announced a multi-year deal with Australian sports apparel and boot company, XBlades, as its official on-field apparel partner. Renowned for its innovative and bespoke approach to sportswear, the Aussie brand will outfit all seven MLR teams and match officials in the company’s pro team apparel for the inaugural season. XBlades will provide all the on-pitch kits for all seven teams highlighted by custom-designed home and away jerseys that will all be available for sale to fans directly through the teams. Jersey…

New Orleans Gold & Taylor Howden The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Taylor Howden for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Taylor is from Auckland, New Zealand, is 6’0″ tall and weighs 221 pounds. He is a versatile player who plays fly-half or center. Taylor Howden & Rugby Taylor played rugby union at the Auckland Grammar School in New Zealand. He also played club rugby with Belmont Shore Rugby Club, the Denver Barbarians where he was a player/coach. for the Ohio Aviators in 2016 in the first professional rugby league in the U.S., as well as for the…

Seattle Seawolves & Louie Henson The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of Western Men’s Rugby alumni, Louie Henson. He is 6’2″ and 245 pounds. Henson was born and raised in Auburn, Washington and graduated from Auburn High School where he played football. Henson was exposed to rugby at age 7 when his family took a trip to Ireland. His father Gerry, was one of the founding members of Bellingham based club Chuckanut Bay RFC and is a Western Rugby alumnus. Louie started playing rugby with the Rainer Plateau Junior Rugby Association in 2010 and then continued at Western Washington State…

Utah Warriors & Joshua Whippy The Utah Warriors announced the signing of former Brigham Young University player and All-American Joshua Whippy. He is 6’0″ and 220 pounds and is a versatile player as a center or in the back three. Whippy grew up in Suva, Fiji and moved to New Zealand where he played both basketball and rugby at Rangitoto College, and Church College of New Zealand. In his senior year in high school, Josh spent a season in Utah with United, helping them win their first National Championship beating Highland in 2010. In 2011 Whippy joined the Brigham Young…

Utah Warriors & Jackson Kaka The Utah Warriors signed former Brigham Young University All-American and USA Rugby Selects Flanker Jackson Kaka for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. He is 6’4″ and 250 pounds. Kaka is a native of Aotearoa, New Zealand and later lived on the Australian Gold Coast before moving to Hawaii where he attended Kahuku High School. In high school, Kaka played both basketball and Football, lettering in both sports. Kaka played tight end and defensive line for the Red Raiders and He was voted to the East team for the East versus West All-Star game.…

Seattle Seawolves & Dion Crowder The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of Seattle Saracens and former Purdue Boilermaker, Dion Crowder. Crowder grew up in Chicago Heights, Illinois and graduated Thornton Factional South High School in 2011. He was a wrestler throughout his high school athletic career and competed at Purdue for 2 years. His Junior year, he began to play rugby and has had him hooked ever since. Crowder attended Purdue University from 2011 to 2016, when he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology, Leadership, and innovation. Following his graduation, he moved to Seattle and honed his skills through…

Utah Warriors & Pio Vatuvei The Utah Warriors announced the signing of former Louisville Defensive End and USA Hawk, Pio Vatuvei. He is 23 years old, 6’2″ and has slimmed down from his football weight of 296 pounds to a rugby weight of 250 pounds. Vatuvei is from Hayward, California and comes from a Tongan family. He went to Patterson High School and graduated in 2012. While at Patterson, he gained recognition as a defensive end and fullback. He was a National top 150 high school recruit. He was selected to the Division II All-State 1st team by MaxPreps.com, to…

Utah Warriors & Matt Jensen The Utah Warriors announced the signing of former BYU All-American and current USA Eagle Matthew Jensen. Matt is 25 years old plays lock for the Eagles (#506). He is 6’8″ and 260 pounds. Jensen is from Scranton, Pennsylvania, but spent time living in Utah and Wyoming. He graduated from Pocono Mountain East High School, where he was a team captain for the football team and made All-Star teams for both the offensive and defensive line. Jensen also lettered in track and field, winning Districts in the Javelin. After High School, Jensen moved to Utah and…

Seattle Seawolves & Mike Palefau The Seattle Seawolves have signed former Eagles 15s (#342) and 7s player Mike Palefau at fullback for the inaugural Major League Rugby 2018 season. He is 36 years old, 6’1″ and 205 pounds. Mike was born in Kahuku, Hawaii, and began playing rugby at 18 years old after gaining All-State honors in track as a sprinter. He also played volleyball and rugby in high school, and in the latter, was selected to the Pacific Coast Rugby All-Star team. After high school, he attended Southern Utah University from 2004 to his graduation in 2008, earning a…

Utah Warriors & Saia Uhila The Utah Warriors added USA Islander Saia Uhila at No. 8 for the inaugural Major league Rugby 2018 season. Uhila is 6’4 and 260 pounds and plays number 8.  He grew up in Tonga playing 1st XV rugby at Liahona High School in Liahona, Tonga. Family members in Tonga support each other and his younger brother Loni was a talented rugby player. Saia encouraged him to fulfill his dream of being a professional rugby player. Loni took it from there and “the Tongan Bear” played for the Hurricanes Super Rugby team and most recently for…

New Orleans Gold & Nikola Bursic New Orleans Gold Rugby Club added Chile National Team Lock/Backrow Nikola Bursic for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Bursic is 24 years old, 6’2″, and 253 pounds. Bursic was born in Torrance, California and resides in Santiago, Chile.  He graduated from Craighouse School in Santiago and played rugby for the COBS (Craighouse Old Boys) from 2011-2015. Bursic played 11 times for the Chile Under-20s in 2012. He was part of the U20s squad that went to the World Rugby Trophy competition that year. He then made his debut for the Chile Men’s…

Seattle Seawolves & John Hayden The Seattle Seawolves added Central Washington University prop John Hayden to the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Hayden is 25 years old, 6’2″ and 275 pounds. Hayden is from Fallbrook, California and attended Fallbrook Union High School. He began his rugby career with Fallbrook in 2006 and continued there until his graduation in 2010. Hayden has been inducted into the Fallbrook Rugby Hall of Fame. Hayden quickly became an accomplished player while at Fallbrook and was selected to the High School All-Americans in 2010. The All-Americans split two matches against Ontario, losing the first…

Utah Warriors & Kenny Scott The Utah Warriors have signed Kansas City Blues and Rugby Utah Selects 7s player Kenny Scott. Kendrick is a versatile player that can play either flanker or wing. He is 28 years old, 6’4″, 220 pounds, and has burner speed. Scott began playing rugby in 2007 and played in College at Kansas State University/ Fort Riley RFC in 2011. When there, he also played rugby sevens for the Kansas City Blues and has been the Captain of the team for the last six years. In 2016 he helped to lead the team to the National…

Houston SaberCats & Mo Mascary The Houston SaberCats have added Mo Mascary to the team at wing, as a replacement for Jonny Marcel Harrison. Moravia “Mo” is 28 years old, 6’0″ and 200 pounds. Mascary was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.  He currently lives in Blue Springs, Missouri. Mascary attended West Roxbury High School in Boston and graduated in 2008. After graduation, he attended Roxbury Community College, where he played football and ran the 400-meter hurdles in track. He then transferred to Pittsburg State in Kansas in 2014. There he was a walk-on football player…

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