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Utah Warriors & Matt Jensen The Utah Warriors announced the signing of former BYU All-American and current USA Eagle Matthew Jensen. Matt is 25 years old plays lock for the Eagles (#506). He is 6’8″ and 260 pounds. 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 in track and field, winning Districts in the Javelin. After High School, Jensen moved to Utah and…

Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership 2018 The Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership 2018 will resume play after a hiatus since 2016. The League will consist of six teams, Belmont Shore Rugby Club, Life West Rugby, OMBAC (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club), Olympic Club, San Francisco Golden Gate, and Santa Monica. The Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership has released its schedule for the 2018 season. Teams will play five home and away matches against each of the league teams beginning on February 10, 2018. The regular season will end on April 28. The Finals will be on May 5 in a…

Seattle Seawolves & Mike Palefau The Seattle Seawolves have signed former Eagles 15s (#342) and 7s player Mike Palefau at fullback for the inaugural Major League Rugby 2018 season. He is 36 years old, 6’1″ and 205 pounds. Mike was born in Kahuku, Hawaii, and began playing rugby at 18 years old after gaining All-State honors in track as a sprinter. He also played volleyball and rugby in high school, and in the latter, was selected to the Pacific Coast Rugby All-Star team. After high school, he attended Southern Utah University from 2004 to his graduation in 2008, earning a…

Utah Warriors & Saia Uhila The Utah Warriors added USA Islander Saia Uhila at No. 8 for the inaugural Major league Rugby 2018 season. Uhila is 6’4 and 260 pounds and plays number 8.  He 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 being a professional rugby player. Loni took it from there and “the Tongan Bear” played for the Hurricanes Super Rugby team and most recently for…

New Orleans Gold & Nikola Bursic New Orleans Gold Rugby Club added Chile National Team Lock/Backrow Nikola Bursic for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Bursic is 24 years old, 6’2″, and 253 pounds. Bursic was born in Torrance, California and resides in Santiago, Chile.  He graduated from Craighouse School in Santiago and played rugby for the COBS (Craighouse Old Boys) from 2011-2015. Bursic played 11 times for the Chile Under-20s in 2012. He was part of the U20s squad that went to the World Rugby Trophy competition that year. He then made his debut for the Chile Men’s…

Seattle Seawolves & John Hayden The Seattle Seawolves added Central Washington University prop John Hayden to the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Hayden is 25 years old, 6’2″ and 275 pounds. Hayden is from Fallbrook, California and attended Fallbrook Union High School. He began his rugby career with Fallbrook in 2006 and continued there until his graduation in 2010. Hayden has been inducted into the Fallbrook Rugby Hall of Fame. Hayden quickly became an accomplished player while at Fallbrook and was selected to the High School All-Americans in 2010. The All-Americans split two matches against Ontario, losing the first…

Utah Warriors & Kenny Scott The Utah Warriors have signed Kansas City Blues and Rugby Utah Selects 7s player Kenny Scott. Kendrick is a versatile player that can play either flanker or wing. He is 28 years old, 6’4″, 220 pounds, and has burner speed. Scott began playing rugby in 2007 and played in College at Kansas State University/ Fort Riley RFC in 2011. When there, he also played rugby sevens for the Kansas City Blues and has been the Captain of the team for the last six years. In 2016 he helped to lead the team to the National…

Houston SaberCats & Mo Mascary The Houston SaberCats have added Mo Mascary to the team at wing, as a replacement for Jonny Marcel Harrison. Moravia “Mo” is 28 years old, 6’0″ and 200 pounds. Mascary was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.  He currently lives in Blue Springs, Missouri. Mascary attended West Roxbury High School in Boston and graduated in 2008. After graduation, he attended Roxbury Community College, where he played football and ran the 400-meter hurdles in track. He then transferred to Pittsburg State in Kansas in 2014. There he was a walk-on football player…

USA Rugby South U19 Panthers This is a USA Rugby South Panthers U19 team release by Dana Sommer Catron. The USA Rugby South U19 Panthers begin their high school All-Star player camps and try-outs next weekend in Brentwood, TN for boys and Lexington, TN for girls. The goal of these camps is to select and pool players for participation in the invitational USA Sevens Rugby tournament in Las Vegas, NV next March, the prestigious North American High School 7’s championship series, which includes events in Philadelphia, PA in June and Salt Lake City, UT in August, and the Rugby Americas…

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…

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