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Old Glory DC Release by Chris McKay Old Glory DC Removes Acting Head Coach Title of Andrew Douglas September 20, 2019)  Old Glory DC is thrilled to announce the signing of head coach Andrew Douglas to a 2-year contract that will ensure he leads Old Glory at least through the 2021 Major League Rugby season. Douglas, a New Zealand native hailing from the Waikato province, is a long-time professional coach within the New Zealand schools and Waikato provincial systems. He is also experienced in coaching internationally, having worked overseas in both Europe and Asia, including Italy and Japan. His previous…

San Diego Legion re-signed Fiji Olympian Jasa Veremalua for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He played in 17 of the team’s 18 matches, including in the MLR Championship in 2019. He was a true utility player, playing wing, lock, and flanker. He is 31-years-old, 6’5″, and 216 lb. He also was a coach with the Legion Academy. Jasa was born and raised in Korotogo, Baravi, Nadroga, Fiji and attended Sigatoka Methodist Primary School. He then went to St. Thomas High School in Lautoka and Fiji National University in Ba for a diploma in Automobile and Road Transportation Studies. Jasa…

The Houston SaberCats have signed Kyle Breytenbach for the 2020 Major League Rugby season.  Kyle is 26-years-old 6’5″ and 250 lbs. He played for the Austin Herd during his first two seasons. Like during 2018, he was a key contributor for the team in 2019 and played in 15 of 16 matches where needed, at flanker, No.8, or at lock. Kyle is from Phalaborwa, South Africa and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Heather. He attended Frans du Toit High School and then went to Cape Peninsula University of Technology from 2014-2016 for Electrical Engineering. He also studied at…

Austin Herd Rugby Club signed former All Black XVs and 7s player Frank Halai for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old wing is 6’5″ and 231 lbs. Frank was born in Pangai, Tonga, and lives in Rotorua, New Zealand. He attended Wesley College in Auckland. From 2011-12 he played rugby for Waikato before moving on to Counties Manukau from 2012-15 in the ITM Cup. Then played for the Super Rugby Blues from 2013-2015 before moving to the U.K. to play with the Wasps in the English Premiership from 2015-2017. Since 2017 he has played in the French Top…

The Seattle Seawolves re-signed fullback Mat Turner for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The South African from Cape Town is 31 years old (32 in Jan.), 5’9″, and 190 lbs. Mat initially signed with the team in 2017. 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 meters per carrying in 2019, running 1,358 meters & scoring 8 tries. He is a team leader, as well as a catalyst in the team’s attack. What is also apparent is his defense prevented numerous tries during the…

Rugby United New York signed Robert Irimescu for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old hooker is 6’1″ and 230 lbs. Rob is a New York City native and attended Xavier High School from 2010-2014. He was the captain of the rugby team his final year, was a three-time All-State section, and an All-American. He also played track and football. In the latter, he was the team’s captain and was selected to the All-City Second Team. Rob attended Penn State from 2014-2019 earning B.S. Degrees in Finance and Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Accounting. He played on the…

The Austin Herd, formerly called Austin Elite Rugby, has signed Wesley White through the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old (25 in Dec.) No.8 is 6’1″ and 220 lbs. according to his Lindenwood University player profile. Wesley was a two-time Collegiate All-American, two-time Collegiate Rugby Championship winner and MVP in 2019, as well as at the USA Rugby 7s Nationals that year. The team won three consecutive USA Rugby National College Sevens titles, and also advanced to the USA D1A Rugby XVs Final Four. While playing for the USA Collegiate All-Americans against Canada, he was selected as the Man…

Old Glory DC Release By Chris McCay Old Glory DC is honored to announce that John Manson has been named Operations Manager, establishing him as the first full-time hire for the professional rugby team. John Manson comes to Washington after serving as Rugby Operations Manager with Glasgow Warriors, one of Scottish Rugby’s two professional teams in the Guinness Pro14, the European rugby union competition. During his tenure at Glasgow, the team won the Guinness Pro12 league championship in 2015 and made it to the European Rugby Champions Cup quarterfinals in 2017 and 2019. Before Glasgow Warriors, Manson spent nine years…

San Diego Legion re-signed Fijian wing Savenaca Totovosau for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. During 2019, he played in ten matches for the Legion, including in the MLR Championship. He is 23-years-old, 6’2″, and 216 lbs. Savenaca is from Lautoka, Fiji and attended Marist Brothers’ High School and Fiji National University where he studied information technology networking. While in high school, he earned a bronze medal in the shot put and played in 2019 for the Under-19s. Savenaca is married with two daughters, so playing professionally provides the economic support for his family. During 2018 he played with the…

Glendale Raptors Release Peter Borlase indicated that “as soon as I was named head coach of the Glendale Raptors, I was very excited to start implementing big changes – changes not necessarily to the team, but to the culture. To do this, we needed to start at the basics and reexamine everything. I started reaching out to various foreign clubs and coaches, and collaborating with our new attack coach Steven Brett, who’s been over in select clubs in France and learning various techniques and best practices. From our practice plans to the players’ nutritional needs, the recruitment of players to…

Austin Elite Rugby announced the return of Roland Suniula for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He is the first player to be announced by the team for 2020. He played in ten matches with the two-time MLR Champions Seawolves in 2019, including in the Championship final. Roland is 32-years-old (33 in Dec.), 5’11″, 215 lbs, and plays center. He is one of three bothers who has represented the U.S. National team. Roland has been in Seattle for several months and played for the Seattle Saracens this Fall. He also spent time coaching with Atavus Rugby. In 2018 he played…

Seattle Seawolves Release We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Tasman Mako of New Zealand in January for an exhibition match at Starfire Stadium as part of their first American tour. “It is a privilege to lead the Mako on their first overseas tour and we’re looking forward to the games in Houston and Seattle in January. It is an incredible opportunity for the next generation of Mako players to play competitively in the United States and a unique opportunity for the Tasman Rugby Union for which we are all grateful,” said Tim Perry, Mako tour…

Chicago Lions Release by Jeff Simon On September 21st, the Chicago Lions Charitable Association (CLCA) in partnership with Chicago Hope Academy will host the Reveal the Field event. They will be unveiling and breaking in the newly finished J. Tyke Nollman Field at the Lions for Hope Sports Complex with a series of rugby matches throughout the day, beginning at 9 am CDT with youth rugby. The complex is located at 2637 W. Polk Street. This is a historic event for the Chicago Lions Rugby organization. Since it was founded in 1964, the Lions had a vision of playing on…

Toronto Arrows Release TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Arrows are pleased to announce that the club will launch its academy program in January 2020. The non-residential Toronto Arrows Academy will operate in two main training areas next year, with locations based both east and west of the Greater Toronto Area. The program will be overseen by Arrows coach Cory Hector. “The launch of the Toronto Arrows Academy allows us to capitalize on the tremendous amount of quality rugby being played in and around our province, which we feel is a significant competitive advantage for our organization,” said Hector. “The goal of…

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