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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.

Rugby ATL hosts Rugby United New York on Sunday, February 23 at Life University. Kickoff is at 3 pm. The match will be streamed on ESPN+ and for international viewers may be seen on Major League Rugby Facebook watch. There will be tailgating prior to the match. Rugby ATL is in second place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 record and 9 points after wins against the Utah Warriors and NOLA Gold. Rugby United New York has a 1-1 record after playing two matches in the MLR Vegas Weekend. They opened with a loss to the New England Free…

Rugby ATL added Bill Fukofuka for the remainder of the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old back row is 6’4″ and 240 lbs. Bill was born in Tonga and attended Atele College. He began playing rugby with his brothers when he was 10 years old and also enjoys playing squash. Bill was the captain of the Tonga U20s that came in 4th place at the 2015 World Rugby U20 Trophy competition. He also was named to the Tonga National Team for the November 2016 tests. He also played for the San Francisco Rush in the now defunct PRO Rugby…

The Seattle Seawolves face the Toronto Arrows in their home opener at Starfire Sports Complex on Saturday, February 22. Kickoff is at 10 pm ET and for those who can’t attend, it is being broadcast on CBSSN and in Canada on TSN. The Seattle Seawolves started the season with road losses against San Diego Legion and Old Glory DC. The Toronto Arrows lead the Eastern Conference with wins over the Austin Gilgronis and the Houston SaberCats. Seattle Seawolves Head Coach Kees Lensing has made five changes in the starters from last week’s match against Old Glory DC. Stephan Coetzee returns…

The Colorado Raptors host NOLA Gold in their home opener at Infinity Park at Glendale on February 22. Kickoff is at 6 pm ET. The match is being streamed on coloradoraptors.com and is being broadcast on FTF and on Cox Sports TV. The Colorado Raptors are seeking their first win after losing to the Houston SaberCats and to San Diego Legion. NOLA Gold started the season with a win over Old Glory DC and lost to Rugby ATL. Colorado Raptors The Colorado Raptors hope that playing at home will lead to their first win of the season. Head Coach Peter…

Rugby United New York signed Charlie Hewitt for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old lock is 6’7″, and 275 lbs. Charlie suffered a season-ending injury prior to the beginning of the 2019 season. He was a key contributor in 2018 and also served as an Academy coach. Charlie went to Devonport High School for Boys from 2006-2011 and then to Ivybridge College from 2011-2013. He attended The Open University in 2017 in a Bachelor’s Distance Learning Program, which leads to a BA in Business Administration and Management. Charlie’s rugby development progressed at Bath and then at the Exeter…

Rugby United New York has added Hanco Germishuys for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old back row is 6’2″, and 230 lbs. It was earlier reported by the Colorado Raptors that Hanco was returning to the Raptors in mid-November. He now will join the Roosters in New York and should be a force around the pitch for New York. Hanco played 301 minutes in five matches for the Raptors in 2019. He carried 69 times for 525 meters, made 54 tackles, and had 3 lineout takes with one steal. He also had 2 linebreaks, 8 tackle breaks, and…

Austin Gilgronis host the Utah Warriors on February 22 at Bold Stadium at Circuit of the Americas. Kickoff is at 8 pm ET. Austin Gilgronis are looking for their first win after losses to the Toronto Arrows and to Rugby United New York. The Utah Warriors are 1-1 after a loss to Rugby ATL and a win against the New England Free Jacks. Austin Gilgronis The Austin Gilgronis have five changes in their starters from last week’s match against Rugby United New York. Newly signed former All Black Jamie MacKintosh is at loosehead prop with Tiaan Strauss Erasmus at hooker,…

The Houston SaberCats host Old Glory DC on Saturday, February 22 at AVEVA Stadium. Kickoff is at 8 pm ET and will be broadcast on NBCCW. A match replay will be on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 9 pm CT on AT&T SportsNet. International viewers may watch on the Major League Rugby Facebook live. Prior to the match at 4 pm ET, the University of Texas will play Texas A&M. The Houston SaberCats opened the season with a win over the Colorado Raptors and then lost to the Toronto Arrows when the ball was held up in-goal. After Old Glory DC…

Austin Gilgronis added Luca Tani for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old lock is 6’4″ and 250 lbs. Luca is from Santa Cruz, California and attended Monta Vista High School. He wrestled in middle school and was on the swimming and water polo teams in high school. Recently he was attending Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz to be an EMT. That is on hold for now as he pursues professional rugby for the Gilgronis. Luca played rugby for Silicon Valley RFC during the 2015-2016 season. He then switched to San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club and played with…

Austin Gilgronis has added Stewart Morris III for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old flanker is 6’2″ and 235 lbs. Stewart is from Houston, Texas and attended Houston Christian High School from 2011-2015. He then went to Baylor University from 2015-2019 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance & Real Estate. He was a Collegiate All-American, the team’s captain, and also was a member of the weightlifting club. Stewart was a center in college but has made a transition to the openside flanker. He played in a preseason match with the team. He also played on…

Austin Gilgronis added Maclean Jones for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year old No.8 is 6’1″ and 223 lbs. Maclean grew up in West Queensland and played junior rugby league with the West Panthers, had a trial with the Bulldog Rugby League U15s, and played with the Brisbane Broncos U15s, as well as with the Metropolitan North U15s. While attending St. Joseph’s Nudgee College, he played for the first XV, as well as Cricket for the first XI. He played for the ARU National Gold Squad, the Queensland Reds U16s, as well as playing rugby league for the…

The Houston SaberCats have added Thomas Morani for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Thomas is from Buenas Aires, Argentina and played outside center for CUBA (Club University of Buenas Aires at least since 2016. He attended the University of Business and Social Sciences since 2016. He played rugby with CUBA and fellow SaberCats teammate Nicolás Solveyra, who is a prop. Another CUBA teammate Tomas De La Vega plays for the Toronto Arrows. Thomas is the fourth player from Argentina that is on the Houston SaberCats, along with Nicolás Solveyra, Diego Fortuny, and Matias Freyre. Other Articles DJCoil Rugby articles…

NOLA Gold lost 22-10 to Rugby ATL in a Major League Rugby Eastern Conference Match on Sunday, February 16 at the Shrine on Airline. The match was the CBSSN game of the week. After two weeks, Rugby ATL is in second place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 record and 9 points, while NOLA Gold has a 1-1 record and is in fourth place with five points based on a better point differential over Rugby United New York and Old Glory DC. The first place Toronto Arrows also has 9 points, but has a better PR then Atlanta. Both…

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