Browsing: Major League Rugby

Major League Rugby is a professional USA league that began in 2018 and has teams in the U.S. and in Canada. Current MLR teams include Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, New Orleans Gold, Rugby United New York, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, Toronto Arrows, and the Utah Warriors. In 2020, teams in Atlanta, New England, and Washington, D.C. will join the league and have exhibition matches in 2019.

Austin Elite Rugby lost 24-13 to the Glendale Raptors on Sunday, February 17  at Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas. The Raptors won for the first time of the season and have a 1-2 record. Austin Elite Rugby controlled possession for the final 20 minutes of the first half, but couldn’t hold off the Raptors attack in the second half. Both teams have not had the start that they wanted. Austin Elite Rugby has lost 3 consecutive close home matches to the Houston SaberCats, Utah Warriors, and to the Toronto Arrows. The Glendale Raptors have also begun their season with 2…

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San Diego Legion defeated the Utah Warriors  21-10 at Torero Stadium on Sunday, February 17. With the win, the Legion’s record is 3-1, while the Warriors fall to 1-1. San Diego Legion opened the season with a narrow lost to Rugby United New York and then followed with wins over the Seattle Seawolves and the Houston SaberCats. The Utah Warriors won against Austin Elite Rugby. Match Recap The match went back and forth with Utah advancing deep into Legion territory before a turnover allowed the Legion to clear. The Legion scored first after having numbers right which resulted in a…

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The Toronto Arrows have added former Canada international Andy Wilson for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old back row is 5’11” and 200 lbs. Andy attended Nelson High School from 1999-2003 and began playing rugby while in school. He then attendedHumberCollege from 2003-2004 and then Everest College from 2009-2010, earning a diploma in Computer Science & Engineering. He also attended AXELOS for Prince 2 Foundations & Practioner, Project Management credentials. Andy played with the Oakville Crusaders, the Ontario Blues, and with the Ontario Arrows during their 2018 exhibition season. Andy also has earned one cap for Canada against…

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The Toronto Arrows added former Canadian international Doug Wooldridge for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old prop is 6’0″ and 276 lbs. Doug is from Lindsay, Ontario and attended Lindsey Collegiate Vocational Institute from 1999-2003. He then added a Certificate in Business Administration in 2011 from the University of Victoria. He completed his education at the University of Ottawa (2003-2007), earning a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences with a focus on Business, Economics, and Sociology. Doug played for Lindsay Rugby Football Club and for the Ontario Blues. He made his rugby debut for Canada against Ireland on May…

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The Seattle Seawolves have sold out the match against the Toronto Arrows on Sunday, February 17 at Starfire Sports. Any resold tickets will need to be found on StubHub. The match kickoff is at 5 pm PST (8 pm EST) and is being broadcast on ESPN+, Root Sports, and on Game TV. In Toronto, there will be a Watch Party at Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar. The Seawolves opened there season with a win over the Glendale Raptors but then lost to the San Diego Legion and to NOLA Gold. The Toronto Arrows opened their season with a loss to…

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On Saturday, February 16, there was a battle of MLR unbeaten teams at Gold Stadium in Marrero, LA. Rugby United New York emerged with a 27-24 win to move to 2-0 on the season, while NOLA Gold fell to 3-1. NOLA Gold Rugby Club entered the match with wins over the Toronto Arrows, Glendale Raptors, and the Seattle Seawolves. Rugby United New York had a road win over the San Diego Legion. Match Recap RUNY kicked to open the match and Scott Gale cleared. Chris Mattina chipped ahead and Mark O’Keeffe gathered and ran down the pitch inside the touchline.…

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The Utah Warriors have added Blake Burdette to the team where he could make his Major League Rugby debut against the San Diego Legion on Sunday, February 17, 2019. The 39-year-old hooker/prop is 6’1″ and 247 lbs. Blake was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but spent much of his life in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Olympus High School in Holladay, UT and played rugby with Highland, winning two National Championships. From 2001-2005 he attended the University of Utah, earning a B.S. in Economics. He was a walk-on to the football team in 2012 and by 2004 he played in…

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On Saturday, February 16, there will be a battle of MLR unbeaten teams at 2 pm CST (3 pm EST) Gold Stadium in Marrero, LA. NOLA Gold Rugby Club is 3-0 with wins over the Toronto Arrows, Glendale Raptors and the Seattle Seawolves. Rugby United New York is 1-0 with a road win over the San Diego Legion. RUNY travels again after two bye weeks to face the ‘Cajun Hot’ NOLA Gold. Tickets are still available for an MLR #1 vs #2 match based on USA Rugby Power Rankings. For those who can’t attend, the match will be broadcast on…

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The Utah Warriors signed Simon Quickfall for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old scrumhalf is 5’8″ and 180 lbs. Simon is from Auckland, New Zealand and attended Westlake Boys’ High School. In 2012 he toured Canada, Hawaii & America with the school. He is attending Auckland University of Technology with a double major in finance and accounting. Simon played for Northcote RFC from 2013-2018. The Under-21s won the championship in 2013, where he played both wing and scrumhalf. By the 2016-2017 season, he played for the Northcote Premier side. In 2016, he also played with the North Harbour…

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NOLA Gold Rugby Giovanni Lapp was called up from the New Orleans Rugby Club D1 side to play against the Glendale Raptors. Unfortunately, he was injured during the week and will miss the season while he recovers. The 28-year-old back row is 6’0″ and 220lbs. Gio is from Carlsbad, California and attended Carlsbad High School, graduating in 2008. He was on the track and field team and also played football, where he was named to the All-Avocado League Team and was Offensive Lineman of the Year. He also was an Assistant Pop Warner Coach in 2006-2007. He then attended Cal…

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The Houston SaberCats and West Houston Lions have shared Liam Andrew in 2018 and in 2019. The 32-year-old hooker is 5’11” and 250lbs. Liam is from Cape Town, South Africa and attended Parkway North until graduating in 2005. He played rugby for De Smet Jesuit from 2003-2005. He then attended Lindenwood University from 2005-2010 and played football. While at Lindenwood, he also played rugby for the St.Louis Royals from 2008-2010. In 2010 the team played in the USA Club Rugby National Final. He also played for the Missouri under-19s All-Stars. Following his graduation from Lindenwood, he returned to South Africa…

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The Houston SaberCats and West Houston Lions have shared Rodrick Waters in 2018 and in 2019. The 25-year-old wing is 5’9″ and 200 lbs. Rodrick is from Richmond, Texas and attended Foster High School until his graduation in 2011. He played football for 4 years and then went to Blinn College from 2011-2012 on a football scholarship. He then transferred to Western State Colorado University from 2013-2018 majoring in Exercise and Sports Science. He played football on scholarship and played rugby with Western State during the summer. Western State is widely known for its outdoor activities and Rodrick had many…

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The Utah Warriors signed Jake Christmann for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 20-year-old scrumhalf is 6’2″ and 185 lbs. Jake comes to the Warriors after playing for the Glendale Raptors in the 2018 MLR season and later in the Fall 2018 exhibition season. Jake Christmann was born in Indianapolis, where he attended Bishop Charard High School. He began playing rugby in 2014 when he joined the Royal Irish Rugby and later helped them win the 2017 Boys High School National Championships. Jake then played at Fylde in the U.K. “Ken Benson recommended Fylde to Jake on his arrival…

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Rugby United New York signed Brian McKellar for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old prop is 6’2″ and 250 lbs. Brian is from West Chester, Pennsylvania and attended West Chester East High School. He then attended Penn State University, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Bioengineering and Biomechanical Engineering. Brian achieved both academic and rugby honors at Penn State. Academically, he was a Schreyer Honors Scholar, the recipient of a PSU Discovery Grant, and received the NASA Freshman undergraduate Research Program Grant. Athletically, he played rugby for Penn State and twice was named to the D1A Rugby East…

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