Browsing: North America Rugby

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Utah Warriors signed Saia Uhila for his third Major League Rugby season in 2020. The 32-year-old lock/No.8 is 6’4″ and 260 lbs. and will be 33 just before the regular season begins. In 2019 Saia played 1146 minutes in all 16 matches. He carried the ball 136 times for 865 meters, made 159 tackles and had 20 lineout takes. Saia 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…

Rugby United New York signed Troy Lockyear for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old fullback is 6’2″ and 195 lbs. Troy is from Heversham, England and attended Eton College from 2010-2015. He was a multi-sport athlete who played rugby, soccer, cricket, and track and field. He excelled in rugby, earning the Vice-Captaincy of the Senior team at Eton College. He spent time with the Premiership’s Wasps’ Academy, where he started at fullback for the club. He also earned county representative honors from 2010- 2015. He also played with the U18s Southern Lambs in 2014. Troy continued his education…

The Utah Warriors will have Matt Jensen back for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 275 lbs. Matt played 1262 minutes, playing in all 16 matches and scoring 1 try. He carried the ball 62 times for 283 meters, made 140 tackles, had 68 lineout takes with 6 steals. 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…

The Utah Warriors have re-signed Frederick ‘Frikkie’ De Beer for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old loosehead prop is 6’3″ and 265 lbs. Frikkie joined the team during the 2019 season. He played 23 minutes in 2 matches. He carried the ball 4 times for 18 meters and made 7 tackles. He should see increased playing time in 2020. Following the 2019 season, he returned to the Chicago Lions and helped the team win the 2019 Midwest Division 1 Championship. The team will return to the USA Rugby Elite Cup Championship. Frikkie is from South Africa and currently…

The Utah Warriors signed Jackson Kaka for his third season with the club. The 27-year-old flanker is 6’5″ and 240 lbs. Jackson played 280 minutes in 6 matches in 2019 for the Warriors. He scored 1 try, carried the ball 26 times for 183 meters and made 54 tackles. Jackson is a former Brigham Young University All-American and USA Rugby Selects Flanker and played the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. His time was cut short last year as he suffered a should injury in a preseason match against the Glendale Raptors. Kaka is a native of Aotearoa, New Zealand…

The Utah Warriors will have John Cullen back for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old No 8 is 6’5″ and 265 lbs. John retired after the 2019 MLR season to concentrate on professional and family concerns. He and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter. During the 2019 season, John played 900 minutes in 14 matches and scored 3 tries. He carried the ball 81 times for 576 meters, made 104 tackles, and had 26 lineout takes with 2 steals. John is originally from La Mirada, California and went to La Mirada High School, graduating in 2008.…

The Utah Warriors signed Arawa Elkington for the 2020 Major League season, his third with the club. The soon to be 28-year-old flanker is 6’0″ and 225 lbs. Ara played 1007 minutes in 15 matches in 2019 for the Warriors. He scored 3 tries, carried 72 times for 505 meters, and made 190 tackles. In 2018 he also had the opportunity to play with his twin brother Wineera for the Warriors. Arawa was born and raised in Temple View, a suburb of Hamilton, New Zealand.  Ara started playing rugby in elementary school and played on multiple age-grade representative teams (Waikato…

The Utah Warriors signed Lance Williams for his third season with the club. The 26-year-old back row is 6’2″ and 255 lbs. He will be 27 at the beginning of the 2020 season. Lance has been a key contributor for the Warriors since 2018. In 2019 he played 1195 minutes in all 16 of the matches. He scored 4 tries, made 154 carries for 843 meters, made 212 tackles, and had 27 lineout takes with 1 steal. Following the 2019 season, Lance played with the Park City Haggis at the USA Club 7s Nationals and for the Denver 7s team…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Sam Malcolm for the 2020 Major League Rugby season.  The 24-year-old flyhalf is from Wanganui, New Zealand and is 5’7″ and 176 lbs. Sam was a 2019 All-MLR Second XV selection. He played over 1200 minutes in 16 matches for the Arrows, scoring 152 points, which was third in MLR. He made 181 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team. He also made 69 kicks for 2594 meters. Following the 2019 season, he returned to New Zealand and played for his fifth season with the Manawatu Turbos in the Mitre 10 Cup. Sam played rugby 15s,…

The Toronto Arrows signed Jack McRogers for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old hooker is 5’10” and 233 lbs. Jack made two appearances for the Arrows in 2019, playing 21 minutes. He made 7 tackles with 2 dominant ones, and had a tackle completion rate of 100 percent. Jack was also an Ontario University Athletics First Team All-Star. Jack is from Newmarket, Ontario. He began playing rugby in 8th grade when he lived in New Zealand with his family for a year. He returned to Ontario and attended Newmarket High School from 2012-2016. He was a running back…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Shawn Windsor for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old Stony Creek, Ontario native is 6’1″, 190 lbs, plays fullback and flyhalf, and will be 33 in December. Shawn made 8 appearances for the Arrows in 2019, playing 529 minutes. He made 31 tackles and kicked 16 times for 634 meters. Shawn began playing with the Stoney Creek Camels when he was 16 and has continued playing with the club since then. For the 2010-2011 season, he played for McMaster University and helped the team win the OUA Men’s Rugby title. Shawn also spent one…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club re-signed Eagle Cam Dolan through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old No.8 is from Fort Myers, Florida and is 6’6″ and 242 lbs. Cam played 763 minutes in 10 matches during the 2019 MLR season. He had 76 carries for 447 meters, made 113 tackles, had 38 lineout takes with 4 steals. He played with San Diego Legion during 2018. Cam recently returned from the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. According to Stephen Sheehan of the Florida Rugby Union, Dolan comes from an athletic family and played roller hockey as an 8-year-old. While…

The Utah Warriors signed Michael Payne for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He is a tighthead prop, is 6’0″, and 245 lbs. Michael is from Murrieta, California and attended Murrieta Valley High School. He played football as a defensive end and running back and also threw the shot put on the track and field team. He also was an Eagle Scout. Michael attended Brigham Young University between 2013 and 2019, majoring in Exercise and Wellness. He played rugby for BYU from 2017-2019. During 2014 and 2015 he went on a mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day…

Old Glory DC re-signed Will Vakalahi for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 20-year-old tighthead prop is 5’10” and 275 lbs. Will started at loosehead prop against Shannon Rugby Club in his only appearance during the 2019 exhibition season. He then joined the USA U20s for two matches against Canada in the World Rugby Trophy qualifier. Will is from Granger, Indiana and attended Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. He played No.8 in high school and helped the team to a Boys High School Rugby Nationals third-place finish, as well as becoming Indiana State Champions. He was an Under-17s…

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