Browsing: North America Rugby

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NOLA Gold Rugby Club re-signed Malcolm May for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old (25 in March) back row is 6’1″ and 232lbs. Malcolm played in two matches for NOLA Gold in 2019 as an injury curtailed his season. He played 41 minutes, had 2 carries for 10 meters, made 8 tackles and had 1 lineout take. During 2020, he started the first match against Old Glory DC and then was a reserve for the last four matches. May is from Chicago, Illinois, and went to St. Ignatius College Preparatory School. In high school, he played football as…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club signed Kevin Sullivan through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old prop is 6’2″ and 285 lbs. The former Collegiate All-American prop from the University of California, Berkeley played 12 of the matches during the 2019 MLR season. During the truncated 2020 season he played mainly as a reserve. Kevin graduated from St. Ignatius Preparatory School in San Francisco in 2013 where he played both offensive and defensive lines. He also achieved High School All-American honors for rugby. Upon graduation, he went to Cal from 2013 to 2018 where he majored in Political Science. While…

The Dallas Jackals signed Dakota O’Neil for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old (28 in Jan.) lock/back row is 6’4″ and 240 lbs. Kody previously played with the Colorado Raptors since 2018 and played in 25 matches. With the withdrawal of the Raptors from the MLR in May, he was one of several players selected by the Jackals in the dispersal draft. In 2019 he played 360 minutes in 12 matches, had 52 carries for 327 meters, and made 64 tackles. He also had 2 linebreaks, 3 tackle break, and 1 offload. Kody was born in Portland, Oregon,…

Rugby ATL signed Duncan Van Schalkwyk to a contract extension through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old flyhalf is 5’9″ and 175 lbs. Duncan started all five matches for the team in 2020, playing in 360 out of 400 minutes, and added 11 points. Duncan is from Pretoria, South Africa, and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina with his family in 2005. He attended Providence High and played rugby with the Charlotte Tigers, and was honored by North Carolina Youth Rugby Union on their Wall of Stars in 2015. Duncan went to Life University from 2014-2019 and was a…

The Toronto Arrows signed Juan Cruz Gonzalez for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old flyhalf/fullback will likely take the place of Sam Malcolm, who departed the club for Japan, at fullback. Gonzalez is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was a former teammate of current Arrows flanker Tomas de la Vega. Gonzalez spent several years at Club Universitario de Buenos Aires (CUBA) and has long been a standout for Argentina XV in the Americas Rugby Championship and Americas Pacific Challenge, scoring five tries and kicking for 108 points over 17 appearances for Argentina’s development side. The speedy Argentine has…

USA Rugby Release USA Rugby and the City of Glendale agree to a new partnership where the NGB headquarters will move to Glendale, Colorado, and assign Infinity Park as the National Training Center for USA Rugby Eagles XVs. Infinity Park to be preferred host venue for Men’s and Women’s National Team XVs test matches. Partnership aligned as part of the city’s redirection toward national rugby development builds the foundation for USA Rugby sustainability and mission towards progress. GLENDALE, CO – USA Rugby, and the City of Glendale have collaborated on a new partnership where the National Governing Body will relocate…

The Utah Warriors drafted Elijah Hayes as the 19th selection in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 21-year-old prop (22 in November) is 6’3″ and 280 lbs. Elijah is from Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to Destrehan, Louisiana as a youth. He attended Destrehan High School where he was a standout football player and played rugby his senior year. Following his high school graduation, he attended Southeastern Louisiana University and continued to play football as an offensive lineman. He appeared in nine games of Lions at guard as a Freshman. He then transferred to Iowa Central Community College in Fall…

The Utah Warriors drafted Derek Ellingson as the third pick in the Major League Rugby Draft. The 23-year-old (24 in January) center/wing is 6’1″ and 205 lbs. Derek is from Walnut Creek, California, and attended De La Salle High School (p. 29) where he was a standout hockey player, but suffered a family tragedy. “Derek Ellingson and his sister Brooke were orphaned suddenly when Derek was just 13, losing both parents violently. His late mother’s brother became the legal guardian of his niece and nephew. As a neighbor of De La Salle High School, he guided Derek toward enrollment here.…

Utah Warriors drafted John Powers as the 7th selection in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 22-year-old wing/fullback is 6’0″ and 190 lbs. John is from Rockaway Park, New York, and grew up in a military family. He lived in many places worldwide and began playing rugby while living in the Philippines around age 10. He attended Xavier High School and played rugby for four years and helped the team win New York State Championships, as well as advancing deep into High School Nationals. He then attended Iona College where he played mainly in the back three but was…

NOLA Gold Rugby Club traded with San Diego Legion for Devin Short, sending a foreign player position in the exchange. Birthday wishes are in order for Devin, who will be 22-years-old tomorrow. The flanker is 6’4″, 215 lbs, and is signed through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. Devin previously played three seasons with the San Diego Legion, playing in 12 matches in 2019 and in 3 matches as a reserve in 2020. Devin is from Las Vegas, Nevada, and attended Arbor View High School. He was a multi-sport athlete, participating in football, track, wrestling, volleyball, and in his senior…

Old Glory DC drafted Matthew Gordon as the 23rd pick in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 24-year-old back row is 6’4″ and 245 lbs. Matt is from Aberdeen, Scotland, and attended Lathallan during high school. There he played rugby, cricket, and field hockey. He attended Robert Gordon University from 2014-2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Finance with first-class honours. Matt then enrolled in the University of Mary Washington in 2018 and is projected to graduate in 2021 with a degree in Economics with a business minor. Matt excelled as a participant in the Glasgow…

Dallas Jackals Release The Dallas Jackals are happy to welcome Lee Radford to the coaching staff as the team’s Defense Coach. With Radford’s extensive track record of playing and coaching in rugby league, we are excited to have him cross codes and come on board for the Jackals inaugural season. Radford began playing rugby league at 13 years old and continued to represent his county and country at the junior level. At 15 years old, he became the youngest player to play for Hull FC in East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Radford helped Hull FC win a championship before gaining…

Rugby United New York signed Connor Buckley from Iona College for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old scrumhalf is 5’7″ and 172 lbs. Connor is from Rockaway Beach, New York, and graduated Xavier High School in 2017. At Xavier, Connor played JV football from 2012-14 and Varsity football from 2014-2016. He also played rugby helping the team to four state titles and national team appearances and was a team captain. He was also a Boys High School All-American and in 2017 the team swept Canada. Following his graduation, he went to Iona College beginning in the Fall 2017…

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