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USA Rugby & Chris Brown USA Rugby Release by Aalina Tabani CHULA VISTA, CA – Following a comprehensive search, USA Rugby has formally appointed Chris Brown as Head Coach of the Women’s Eagles Sevens. Brown assumed the position of Interim Head Coach in August having previously served as the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Eagles Sevens. Overall, he’s spent more than four years ingrained in the USA Rugby Sevens program with assistant coach, strength & conditioning and coach development roles. He’s also led as Head Coach for Falcons tours at the developmental level. Through his time, Brown has been a…

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Seattle Seawolves – Riekert Hattingh The Seattle Seawolves have re-signed 24-year-old No. 8 Riekert Hattingh for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. After being selected as captain for the 2018 MLR season, he received a concussion during week one of the season. As a result, he returned to play toward the end of the season. This year is an important one for him, as USA Rugby will have a keen eye on his performance. He becomes eligible to represent USA Rugby on June 1, 2019, having completed the World Rugby required 36 consecutive months of residence. He will then be…

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Houston SaberCats & Germany Backrow Ayron Schramm The Houston SaberCats have signed Germany flanker and No. 8, Ayron Schramm for the 2019Major League Rugby season. Schramm is from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, is 23 years old, 6’4″ tall, and weighs 238 pounds. He currently lives in Heidelburg, Germany,  where he plays for the German National Rugby team at the back row and works for the Wild Rugby Academy. According to SA School Sports, Schramm played rugby at an early age with the Hillcrest Villagers Mini-Rugby Club with his father, Georg, a capped Transvaal hooker and a coach there, being instrumental…

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New Orleans Gold Rugby Club & Con Foley New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Australia Sevens international and Olympian, Con Foley for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Foley, who is 26, 6′ 1 1/2″, and 198 pounds, has played center, and fullback. Foley is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. His education includes attending St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace from 2002-2009. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Swinburne University of Technology, where he attended from 2011-2017. He also attended the University of Queensland in 2018 where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Foley played for…

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Atlanta MLR & Tiger Rugby, James Walker Major League Rugby will have a team in Atlanta for the 2020 season. A partnership with Tiger Rugby was previously announced with the team and yesterday it was announced that James Walker will be the General Manager and Director of Rugby. Recently, James has moved across country with his wife and newborn son to be closer to family in the Atlanta area and will be working to establish professional rugby in Atlanta over the next 16 months until the 2020 season and beyond. James founded Tiger Rugby in 2007 along with business partner…

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Rugby United New York & Ross Deacon Rugby United New York announced that flanker Ross Deacon has re-signed a contract for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old started all three matches for RUNY during the 2018 exhibition season and was then sent on loan to MLR’s Austin Elite. Deacon was born in San Francisco but moved to Ireland at a young age. While there, he developed into an accomplished rugby player. His talents were apparent as he was a standout player while at Kilkenny College, attending there from 2006 to 2012. After graduation, he pursued a Bachelor’s Degree…

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Seattle Seawolves Shalom Suniula Shalom Suniula Update! The Seattle Seawolves announced that Shalom Suniula will be returning to the team for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Suniula is actively involved with the team in the community and in coaching for Atavus Rugby. Last season he played inside center and his leadership was evident. In the first match captain, Riekert Hattingh was injured and he stepped in as captain for a number of matches. Look for him to again solidify an impressive backline for the Seawolves this season. The following information about Shalom Suniula is from an article about his…

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Seattle Seawolves  &  Mat Turner The Seattle Seawolves re-signed fullback/wing, Mat Turner for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The South African from Cape Town is 30 years old, 5’9″ tall and 190 pounds. Turner attended Western Province Preparatory School in Claremont, a suburb of Cape Town, and then transferred to Bishops College. While at the latter, he played first XV rugby in 2006 and finished as the top scorer in school rugby in the country, scoring 286 points. After finishing high school, he joined the Western Province Academy and represented the Western Province in the 2007 Under-19 Provincial Championship.…

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New Orleans Gold & Kane Thompson New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Samoa lock Kane Thompson for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Thompson is 36 years old, 6’7″ tall, and weighs 249 pounds. Thompson, who is from Wellington, New Zealand, will fulfill an important team needs at lock. Last season. John Sullivan played most of the season at lock instead of his natural back row position. Thompson is a season veteran rugby player. He played for Wellington College from 2002-2005 for the Wellington Lions in the National Provincial Championship. He then played in the Mitre 10 Cup for Southland…

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Houston SaberCats & Chris Coyle The Houston SaberCats have re-signed 26-year-old flanker Chris Coyle for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 6’1″ tall and weighs 230 pounds. His bio was extensively discussed in the March 2018 article below. It is expected that with 2018 team captain Kyle Sumsion leaving the team to become an Assistant Men’s Rugby coach at the United States Military Academy, that Coyle will see increased playing time in 2019. During the 2018 MLR season, he was named Man of the Match against NOLA Gold.  Coyle debuted for the SaberCats on February 10, 2018, against…

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RUNY & Connor Wallace-Sims USA Eagles 7s player Connor Wallace-Sims has signed with Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old, from Plymouth, United Kingdom, appeared in all 3 matches for RUNY during their 2018 exhibition season against the Ontario Arrows and home and away match against the Boston Mystics. Wallace-Sims began playing rugby at age 9 after watching the Rugby World Cup 2003 and gaining the approval of his family. He initially played for his hometown club, Devonport Services, continuing to age 16. He attended Coombe Dean School, leaving in June 2011 and then…

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Atlanta Old White RFC Release Atlanta Old White RFC is pleased to introduce the coaching staff for the 2018-2019 campaign. Head Coach and Director of High Performance, Francesco Balsas leads the high-caliber unit; which features homegrown talent and experienced high-level rugby talent. Coach Francesco returns for his 5th season (15th year with AOW) as manager of AOW’s D2 program and welcomes back Justin ‘Telly’ Chappell (6th year with AOW) to lead the D3 team. Joining them on staff are a few new faces to the program, in former USA Eagles National Team players: Nese Malifa (Backs, Attack) and Phil Thiel…

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New Orleans Gold Rugby & Scott Gale New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Australian scrumhalf Scott Gale through the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Gale is 24 years old, 6’1″ tall, and weighs 190 pounds. Gale is from Albury, Australia and went to St. Joseph’s Nudgee College in Boondall from 2007-2011. He played rugby for Brisbane City and in 2013 signed professionally with the Super Rugby Queensland Reds. During his time with the club through the 2016 season, he made five appearances. From 2014 through 2015, he also played with the Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship. Injuries plagued…

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USA Rugby Men’s Eagles November Tests Finalized USA Rugby Releaseby Aalina Tabani SAN SEBASTIAN, ESP. – The U.S. Men’s National Team (15s) will open the road leg of their Fall Internationals against No. 16 World Ranked Samoa on Nov. 10 in Spain, USA Rugby confirmed today. Taking place at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian, the Men’s Eagles and Samoans will face off for the first time in more than three years. With both teams qualified for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the game could be a foreshadowing of what’s to come in just under one year’s time. The match kicks…

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