Browsing: North America Rugby

The focus is on the USA and Canada National Team Men’s & Women’s rugby 15s & 7s, Club, Collegiate & Youth, Wheelchair Rugby, Academies, Select Sides, and Major League Rugby.

NOLA Gold drafted Andrew Guerra with the 10th pick in the first round of the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 22-year-old back row is 5’10” and 215 lbs. Andrew is from Chicago, Illinois, and began playing rugby as a freshman at Mt Carmel High School. He began playing rugby as a Freshman at Mt Carmel High School in Chicago. He was a multi-sport athlete and also played football and boxed. He was an All-State rugby player and twice earned All-Conference for football. He also was a student-athlete and on the honor roll for three years. Andrew graduated from Notre…

NOLA Gold traded with the LA Giltinis to gain the second pick in the Major League Rugby Collegiate draft. They sent LA their second-round pick, as well as giving up a foreign player spot for 2021. The team used this pick to select Brian Nault, a 23-year-old prop, who is 6’2″ and 240 lbs. Brian is from Shelton, Washington, and attended Shelton High School. He began playing rugby in 8th grade when he was 14 for the Shelton Rugby Football Club, thanks to encouragement from his older sister Diandra,  who also played rugby. He played football in high school and…

The Toronto Arrows re-signed Kolby Francis for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old No 8/lock is 6’5″, 260 lbs. and is from Brantford, Ontario. Kolby played 578 minutes in 14 matches with the Arrows in 2019. He scored 5 tries, carried 57 times for 282 meters, made 2 offloads, and 68 tackles. Since 2019 Kolby, Arrow #17, has made 18 appearances for the Arrows over his two seasons with the club, including featuring in four games in 2020, where he had eight carries and 28 tackles (93.3% completion). In his debut season with the Arrows, Francis scored five…

The Toronto Arrows signed hooker Steven Ng for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old (23 in October) is 5’11” and is 235lbs. During the 2019 MLR season, he played in all 17 matches and the five in 2020. He is one of only two Arrows players to have played in every match for the team. Arrow #20 is a durable hooker who has amassed 70 carries, 268 carry meters, three offloads, and 108 tackles over his two years with the club. Steven is from Ottawa, Ontario, and attended Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School. He played rugby for numerous…

Austin Gilgronis signed team captain Zinzan Elan-Puttick to a two-year extension through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. It is his birthday today and he is 27-years-old, 5’11” and 195 lbs. Zinzan has been a key member of the team since the inaugural 2018 season. During the 2019 season, he played 1014 minutes in 13 matches and scored 6 points. He had 5 linebreaks, 11 tackle breaks, and 10 offloads. He kicked 15 times for 505 meters, made 101 tackles, and had 105 carries for 929 meters. During 2020 he played in four of the five matches. Elan-Puttick was born…

Austin Gilgronis drafted Dartmouth College hooker, Mason Koch, as the 16th pick in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 22-year-old (23 in August) is 5’9″ and 220 lbs. Mason is from Coralville, Iowas, and attended Iowa City West High School. He was a multi-sport athlete playing football, wrestling, and playing baseball. When he entered high school, he discovered rugby and was a founder of the high school club, playing for the team for three years. He was also an outstanding student and was admitted to Dartmouth College where he continued to play rugby and helped the team earn four…

Austin Gilgronis selected Lui Sitama as the 4th player in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 24-year-old center is 5’9″ and 210 lbs. Lui was born in Samoa but regards Lacey, Washington as his hometown. He attended River Ridge High Schoolgraduating in 2015 and was on the track and field team, in the shot put discus, and Javelin. He played rugby for the Budd Bay Barbarians and his performance gained him an invitation to the USA Rugby U20 Camp in 2015 and 2016. Lui attended American International College from 2015-2020 graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Digital of…

The Seattle Seawolves selected Aaron Matthews with the 5th pick in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 23-year-old center/wing is 5’10” and 190 lbs. Aaron is from Phoenix, Arizona, and lives in Irvine, California. He attended Jserra Catholic High School where he played football and played rugby with Back Bay Rugby Club. He was a High School All-American in 2014 and was selected for Team USA for the Youth Olympics in Sevens in Nanjing, China. He also toured Argentina for the Rugby 4 Nations BHSAA tour in 2014. He was one of the original Eagle Impact Rugby Academy players…

The Seattle Seawolves signed Mat Turner for the 2021 Major League Rugby season in a dual role as  Assistant Coach and player. The South African fullback is from Cape Town, is 32 years old (33 in Jan.), 5’9″, and 190 lbs. Mat initially signed with the team in 2017 and had a dual player role and served as the Director Of Operations for the Seawolves. In 2019 He appeared in 15 of the team’s 18 matches, including winning the MLR Championship for the second time. He averaged 12.5 carrying meters per in 2019, running 1,358 meters & scoring 8 tries.…

The New England Free Jacks signed Jack Miller to the squad for the 2021 season of Major League Rugby. The 22-year-old back row is 6’1″ and 205 lbs. Jack is from Hong Kong and began playing rugby when he was 10 years old with the Valley Fort Rugby Football Club. Jack continued with the Essex Bulldogs, which are part of Massachusetts Youth Rugby and also represented Brookline High School and his performance led to his inclusion in the Boys High School All-American Camp in 2013. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder from 2016-2020 and will graduate with a Bachelor’s…

Following the completion of the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft, Tom Brusati was signed for the 2021 season. The 23-year-old scrumhalf is 5’9″ and 175 lbs. Tom is from San Rafael, California, and played rugby and football while at Terra Linda High School. He also played for the Marin Highlanders in 2012-2013 and for the North Bay Rugby Club Wildcats from 2013-2015, as well as returning later as a coach for the Summer 7s program. Tom attended Saint Mary’s College of California and graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Entrepreneurship. While with the Gaels,…

The New England Free Jacks drafted Justin Johnson with the 6th pick in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 21-year-old flanker is 6’2″ and 215 lbs. Justin is from Inglewood, California, and attended Mira Costa High School where he played rugby beginning in his Sophomore year. He was a multisport athlete and also competed in basketball, football, and in various track and field events. A rugby highlight prior to graduation was beating Ysgol Bro Gwain High School from Fishguard, Wales at home. He was the captain of the rugby team in 2016 and a High School All-American. He also…

The New England Free jacks selected Ohio State University Prop Spencer Krueger as the 18th pick in the second round of the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 22-year-old is 6’1″ and 260 lbs. Spencer is from Arlington Heights, Illinois, and attended John Hersey High School where he was an “offensive and defensive lineman when he played for coach Joe Pardun and he was also a varsity wrestler, honors student and volunteer.” He also competed on the track and field team with the shot put and discus and was honored with the Burlsworth character award in recognition of outstanding character…

The Dallas Jackals will be one of two new Major League Rugby teams in the league in 2021 along with the Los Angeles Giltinis. Dallas was slated to have been one of the original teams in the MLR in 2018, however, finding a suitable venue to showcase the team delayed their inclusion until now. I interviewed Phil Camm, an owner and General Manager of the Dallas Jackals for this article. Phil and his business partner Bill Bingham were originally part of the group at the start of MLR, but are now partnered with Donnie Nelson who brings his entertainment expertise which includes sports ownership of…

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