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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.

Utah Warriors & Alexander Tucci The Utah Warriors signed former Colorado State and West Texas A&M defensive tackle, Alexander Tucci. Tucci was born in New York City in the Bronx and moved to South Florida as a teen to concentrate on sports year round. At age 15 Alex was introduced to both rugby and football and quickly excelled in both sports. Tucci attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida. where he graduated in 2010. As a senior, he was named to the Class 6A first team All-State and All-County teams as an offensive tackle. He also played on the…

Major League Rugby Major League Rugby is poised to begin its inaugural professional rugby season in April 2018. MLR will consist of seven teams, Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, and the Utah Warriors. In anticipation of the formation of Major League Rugby, an elite-level club competition, the Major Rugby Championship, was played during 2017. This led to Major League Rugby announcing the formation of Major League Rugby in a release May 4, 2017. Major League Rugby shared its goals of creating a professional league and in growing the sport of…

Utah Warriors & Lote Tuipulotu The Utah Warriors and Head Coach Alf Daniels announced the signing of USA Islander and Mate Ma’a Tonga League international, Lote Tuipulotu for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Lote can ply both hooker and prop. He is 30 years old, 5’6″ and 256 pounds. Tuipulotu was born and raised in Tonga and played1st XV rugby at Liahona High School in Liahona, Tonga. After graduating High School, Lote was selected for the Mate Ma’a Tonga Rugby League squad but first served on an LDS mission in the Philippines. After returning from the mission, he played…

New Orleans Gold & John Sullivan The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Mystic River John Sullivan for the 2018 Major League Rugby season.  He is a versatile player, who has played all three back-row positions, as well as wing and full-back. John is from Orchard Park, New York. He went to Orchard Park High School and began to play rugby his sophomore year for the Orchard Park Rugby Club.  He also ran indoor track that year. After high school, John enrolled at St. Bonaventure in 2011and pursued their 5 years BBA/MBA program.  He majored in accounting and minored in…

Major League Rugby 2018 Schedule Major League Rugby sets 10-week game schedule for its inaugural season. SALT LAKE CITY (November 30, 2017) — Major League Rugby (MLR) today announced the 2018 schedule for all seven teams. The inaugural season will feature 10 weeks of regular season action beginning April 21, 2018, with the regular season ending on June 24, 2018. Each team will play eight regular season games with two bye weeks. CBS Sports Network, the exclusive television partner of MLR, will televise a 13-game package – highlighted by a Major League Rugby Game of the Week – and two…

Utah Warriors & John Cullen The Utah Warriors have announced the signing of USA Eagle (No. 457) and former University of Utah football and rugby player John Cullen. John is 27 years old and is 6’5″ and weighs 260 pounds. He is originally from La Mirada, California and went to La Mirada High School and graduated in 2008. He then attended Fullerton Community College from 2008-2010 and played football. He then transferred to the University of Utah to continue playing football, where he attended from 2010-2013, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. While at Utah, he played left tackle…

New Orleans Gold & Ben Tarr The New Orleans Gold signed Eagles prop Ben Tarr for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Ben was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to the Coast Coast area of Queensland Australia. Ben is 23 years old, 5’11” and weighs 246 pounds. He has played both tighthead and loosehead prop for the USA Rugby Men’s National team and is Eagles No. 459. Ben went to high school at the Brisbane Boys College from 2007-2011. In 2012 he went to The Southport School, an independent Anglican school in Queensland. He continued his education at…

Seattle Seawolves & Garrett Bender The Seattle Seawolves signed 2016 Olympian and USA Eagles Sevens player Garrett Bender for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Garrett grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will be 26 years old this weekend. He is 6’4″ tall and weighs 225 pounds. Bender attended Washburn High School, where he played linebacker in football and back row in rugby. He helped lead Washburn High School rugby to a State Championship while serving as team captain and state MVP. He also was All-Conference and All-Metro in rugby. Garrett was then recruited to play football for St.…

New Orleans Gold & Cam Falcon The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Cam Falcon for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Cameron was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is 24 years old, is 6’1″ and weighs 250 pounds. Cam attended Archbishop Shaw High School and played rugby for the team from 2004, while he was in 6th grade until he graduated in 2011. He also played football and wrestled while there. However, it was rugby where he would gain notoriety, becoming a High School All-American from 2009-2011. Cam then attended Louisiana State University from 2011 through…

Houston SaberCats & Sam Windsor The Houston SaberCats have benefited with the signing of former Ulster PRO 12 Rugby player Sam Windsor as a fly-half and backs coach. Windsor is 30 years old, 6’1″ and 215 pounds. Windsor was born in Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia. He played youth soccer from ages 5-6 and began to play rugby at age 7 with the Queanbeyan Whites before going to High School. While at St. Edmund’s College in Canberra from 2000-2005, he captained the first XV rugby team and the first XI cricket team. His education, although important, was impacted with his…

Houston SaberCats & Connor Murphy The Houston SaberCats, formerly the Houston Strikers, are pleased with the impact of scrum-half 22-year-old Connor Murphy has made with the team as it readies for the start of the 2018 Major League Rugby season. The team has had two scrimmages against the Austin Blacks and Dallas Rugby, winning both. They will embark on a difficult pre-season schedule beginning January 6, 2018, against the Seattle Saracens. They will play both teams from the USA and Canada, as well as the Uruguay National Rugby Team. Connor was born and raised in the South West London suburb,…

Austin Elite Rugby & Tim Fitzgerald Austin Elite Rugby Management announced that Tim Fitzgerald has signed with the team as a loosehead prop for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Fitzgerald, a loosehead prop, is 29 years old, 6’1″ and weighs 260 pounds and has played rugby since he was six years old. Fitzgerald is from Sydney, Australia and went to high school at St. Ignatius College at Riverview in Sydney and played rugby from age 11-18 until he graduated in 2006. After high school, he played for the Norths. He continued his education at the University of New South…

New Orleans Gold Assistant Coach Dr. Todd Fitzgerald New Orleans Rugby Club Release “Meet our assistant coach— Dr. Todd Fitzgerald, D.C., a native of New Orleans, graduated from local rugby powerhouse Jesuit High School in 1992. From there he spent four years at the University of Miami honing his skills as a backline player. After graduating in 1996, Fitzgerald returned to New Orleans where he played with New Orleans RFC for three years, being named Most Valuable Back. Fitzgerald was an integral part of a resurgent New Orleans squad that was promoted to Division I following an unprecedented 33 match…

Andrew Suniula & Rugby Career Update Feb. 10, 2018 – Houston SaberCats Commentator Grant Cole announced that Andrew Suniula, who played for the Chicago Lions President’s XV against the Houston SaberCats, signed with the Austin Elite Rugby. Andrew Suniula was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa in 1982 and his family moved to Auckland, New Zealand while he and brothers Roland and Shalom were young. All attended Kelston Boys’ High School in Te Atatu, a suburb of Auckland. Andrew attended Kelston Boys’ High School between 1996-2001 when he graduated. The school is highly regarded for its rugby program and several players have…

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