Browsing: Major League Rugby

Major League Rugby is a professional USA league that will begin in 2018. Teams that will be part of the inaugural season include Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, Seattle Seawolves, Utah Warriors, and San Diego.

New Orleans Gold – Vincent Jobo The New Orleans Gold signed South African flanker Vincent Jobo for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Jobo is 26 years old, 6’1″ and weighs 229 pounds and has played both flanker and eight-man. He was born in Krugersdorp, South Africa and graduated high school from King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. After graduation, he then went to the University of Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town. Jobo played youth rugby with the Golden Lions Academy from 2006 to 2011. While there he played in the Provincial Championships for the under 19s in…

New Orleans Gold-Zack Stryffeler New Orleans Gold Rugby Club has signed Zack Stryffeler as a center for the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Zack will also bring his expertise in promoting youth rugby with the team. Zack attended Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio, graduating in 2007. He was a multi-sport athlete earning All-State honors in Ice Hockey, All-Conference in Football, and All-Conference in Baseball. He was also voted Mr. Bruin of his class due to the number of varsity letters and his overall athletic performance. After graduation, he attended Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. and graduated…

New Orleans Gold – William Waguespack The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed New Orleans native William Waguespack to play in the inaugural Major League Rugby season. William attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans form 2012-2016. He played rugby his Junior and Senior year at Jesuit, captaining the team his Senior year. During the Spring 2016 season, he played in South Regional Cup Tournament for Louisiana in Matthews, North Carolina. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2016 through 2017. He is a lock but played a few games at flyhalf at the…

Austin Elite Rugby – Siaosi Finau Austin Elite Rugby announced that Austin Blacks prop Siaosi Finau has signed with the team for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Siaosi is 25 years old, 6’ tall and weighs 245lbs.  He was born and raised in Euless, Texas, which has a sizable ethnic Tongan enclave. He attended Trinity High School beginning in the Fall of 2007 and graduated in 2010. There he played football with the team winning the State Championship in 2009. Jerry Longman of the New York Times, the impact that the Tongan community had on their rise as a football…

Seattle Seawolves – Riekert Hattingh The Seattle Seawolves have signed Riekert Hattingh to play eight-man for the inaugural Major League Rugby season which begins April 2018. At 23, Riekert is a lineout force standing 6’5″ and weighs 235 pounds.   Rierkert grew up in Pretoria, South Africa and attended Pretoria North High School where he graduated in 2012. While in high school he played for the Blue Bulls under 16 and under 18 sides. In 2013, he continued to progress and became a contracted player with the Blue Bulls, playing for the under 19s. In 2014 he was part of…

New Orleans Gold – Alex Czajkowski New Orleans Gold Rugby Club has signed Alex Czajkowski for the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Alex was born and raised in Chesterfield, Virginia is 32 years old (33 in another month) and is an imposing figure at 6’5″ and 280 pounds. He comes to the team having played rugby for the Richmond Rugby Club. He is an Army veteran and a family man. It would be difficult to discuss Alex without talking about the importance of his family. His parents Al and Alice had three children. He is a middle child and has…

Austin Elite Rugby – Robert Drummond Austin Elite Rugby Management announced the signing of Robert Drummond as a prop for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. Robert is 6’3”, 275lbs, and 34 years old. Robert has owned and operated the Green Light Social, a bar in downtown Austin on Sixth Street. This is his first experience as an owner, however, he has been in the restaurant/bar industry since he was 15. Robert is a native of Austin, Texas and graduated from Westlake High School in 2001. In high school, he played football for 4 years as a defensive tackle. His…

New Orleans Gold – Myles McQuone The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Myles McQuone at lock for the inaugural Major League Rugby season which begins in April 2018. Myles is from Fairfield, Connecticut and is 24 years old, 6’5″, and weighs 250 pounds. He is also a marine technician and a sea captain. Myles started playing rugby in high school for the Fairfield Pegasi in 2009. After high school, he began playing for the Connecticut Yankees, who now the Fairfield Yankees, where he continued to play through Fall 2017. The team won the USA Rugby Club D3 National Championship…

Seattle Seawolves – Jeremy Lenaerts The Seattle Seawolves have signed Central Washington University lock/back row, Jeremy Lenaerts for the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Jeremy is 25 today (Nov. 13) and is 6’4″ and weighs 255 pounds. Lenaerts is from Ghent, Belgium and graduated high school from College Paters Jozefieten. He began to play rugby in 2002 with Gent RFC and left after 2009 to play with Lille Métropole Rugby Club where he played for three years. While in Belgium, he played for the under 17 and under 18s in the 2008-09 FIRA European Championship in Treviso, Italy. The following…

New Orleans Gold – Derrek Van Klein The New Orleans Gold have signed Derrek Van Klein at loosehead prop to the inaugural Major League Rugby season. Derrek grew up in Minnesota and attended Apple Valley High School and graduated in 2010. His College career was spent at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. While at UMD, he played rugby for the Penquins. He was a leader while at UMD, playing back row before switiching to loosehead prop. The team advanced to the USA Rugby Collegiate D2 National Championships three consecutive…

Austin Elite Rugby – Paddy Ryan Austin Elite Rugby Management signed USA Rugby Men’s Eagle 514, Paddy Ryan at tighthead prop. Patrick is 26, 6’1″ and 265 pounds. He is from Cork and Chicago and his brothers Timmy and Dave both played (play) professional rugby. Paddy was eligible for the USA team, as his mother is from the United States. A good tighthead prop is not one to pass up, so Paddy was selected to the Eagles and played as a reserve against Ireland on June 10, 2017, as a reserve. He then started against Canada in Hamilton on June…

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP Major League Rugby Release The First National TV Partnership in Domestic Professional Rugby is MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK. Major League Rugby (MLR) and CBS Sports Network today announced an exclusive, multi-year television partnership. CBS Sports Network will televise the inaugural season of the new start-up league beginning in April 2018, marking the first national television partnership in the history of American professional rugby. CBS Sports Network will televise a 13-game package with 10 weeks of regular season coverage – highlighted by a Major League Rugby Game of the…

New Orleans Gold – Michael Baska The New Orleans Gold RugbyClub signed former Arkansas State University and Lindenwood University player, Michael Baska a fullback. Baska is from Overland, Kansas and is 6’1″ and 185 pounds. Baska attended Saint Thoms Aquinas Catholic High School from 2009-2012 and he earned varsity letters in football his last three years. Upon graduation from high school, he went to Arkansas State University from 2012-2015 and majored in Sports Management. In 2015 he transferred to Lindenwood University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. New Orleans Gold Michael Baska & Rugby While…

New Orleans Gold – Nate Osborne The New Orleans Gold have released additional information on their head rugby coach Nate Osborne. In a Rugby World Cup article, From Australia to America With Love, Nate discusses his journey to the U.S. from Australia, the Rugby World Cup 2015 and USA Rugby. “Ten years ago Nate Osborne made the journey from Australia to the USA and fell in love twice, first with the woman who would become his wife, and second with coaching rugby.” “It’s been unreal,” said Osborne said, both of his route to RWC 2015 and the growth of rugby…

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