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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.

Houston SaberCats Play Vancouver Ravens The Houston SaberCats played their second exhibition season match Saturday, January 13 losing 26-23 to the Vancouver Ravens (Preview) in the closing minutes at Constellation Field. Last week the SaberCats defeated the Seattle Saracens 50-7 and were undefeated in five scrimmages in November and December entering the match. The SaberCats will play the Uruguay National team next Saturday. Houston SaberCats vs. Vancouver Ravens Recap The Ravens kicked deep to Justin Allen and Sam Windsor kicked for territory. The Ravens went through five or six phases before knocking the ball forward. After the third reset of…

Houston SaberCats Play Vancouver Ravens The Houston SaberCats play their second exhibition season match Saturday, January 13 against the UBC Old Boys (Vancouver Ravens) at 7 pm CT at Constellation Field. The SaberCats defeated the Seattle Saracens last Saturday 50-7 and were undefeated in five scrimmages in November and December. The SaberCats have made three changes in their starters with Lindsey Stevens, Pago Haini, and Art Reyes replacing Diego Maquierira at Hooker, Matt Trouville at No. 8, and Malacchi Esdale at wing, respectively. Robert Meeson moves to the reserves and Justin Allen switches to #4 with Charlie Hewitt at#5. Get…

ONTARIO ARROWS ANNOUNCE STAFF FOR 2018 SEASON Ontario Arrows Release The Ontario Arrows have announced their staff for the 2018 season, which will see Canada’s first privately-funded high-performance rugby team play a minimum of six games against current and future Major League Rugby teams in the March-May window. The Arrows staff features several individuals with national, international and professional rugby experience, highlighted by the appointment of the winningest head coach in Canadian Rugby Championship history in Chris Silverthorn, as well as 2016 and 2017 Ontario University Athletics men’s rugby championship team head coaches Cory Hector and David Butcher. The Arrows…

Seattle Seawolves & Peter Smith The Seattle Seawolves have signed Chicago Griffins fly half, Peter Smith. He is 6’0″ and 190 pounds. Smith grew up in the Northern Sydney suburb of Ingleside, New South Wales, Australia. He went to high school at Sydney Grammar School and later attended the University of Sydney. He played rugby for the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club, which was part of the Shute Shield.  In 2011, Smith, age 21 and Welsh qualified, signed to play fly-half with the Ospreys in the Pro12 league. He then went to Japan the following year to play in Japan’s Top…

Utah Warriors & Fetu’u Vainikolo The Utah Warriors signed former Otago Highlander, Exeter Chief, and Tonga’ international wing and leading try scorer, Fetu’u Vainikolo. He is 32 years old (33 when the MLR season begins), is 6’0″ tall and weighs 209 pounds. Vainikolo was born and raised in the small Tongan village of Ha’alalo. He moved with his family to New Zealand at the age of 12 and attended Marcellin College. He moved through age group rugby levels in Auckland before moving to Wellsford club Northland in 2007. Making his ITM Cup debut for Northland and caught the attention of…

Seattle Seawolves & Nakai Penny The Seattle Seawolves signed former University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbird, Nakai Penny. Penny was born in Penticton, British Columbia and played rugby throughout high school at Penticton Secondary where he graduated in 2014. That year, the Pen High Lakers advanced to the AAA Okanagan Valley semifinal where they lost to the Salmon Arm Gold 17-12 in overtime. Penny then enrolled at the University of British Columbia in 2014 and played with the Thunderbirds through 2017. He majored in Kinesiology. In 2015 he played with future Seawolves teammate Brock Staller, as the Thunderbirds placed 3rd…

Houston SaberCats Open MLR Exhibition Season With Win The Houston SaberCats defeated the Seattle Saracens 50-7 to begin the 2018 Exhibition Season Opener January 6th at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. The match was played before a sell out crowd of 5354 fans. The SaberCats entered the match after going undefeated in November and December during five scrimmages against the Austin Blacks, Dallas Reds, and the Dallas Harlequins. Their 2018 exhibition season will consist of 11 matches against some of the top club teams in the USA and Canada, as well as, the Uruguay National team and one Major…

New Orleans Gold Opens Training Camp The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club opened their 2018 Major League Rugby Training Camp on January 3, 2018.  The members of the team with jobs during the day began their weight room session at the Westbank Athletic Club at 6 am and again at 1 pm. Westbank Athletic Club A number of the players arrived early for the 1 pm session. They went through their stretching routine and then went to various weight stations. When the actual training began, the team was divided into two groups. The first group went outside with Bum Lee,…

Seattle Seawolves & Connor Weyell The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of former University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbird, Connor Weyell at lock. Connor was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C) and was introduced to rugby through his father, who played the sport. He attended Handsworth Secondary School and played both for his high school team, as well as for his local rugby club Capilano RFC. In 2010 Connor was selected for the Canada Under-17s tour to Santa Barbara, where they played against the USA High School All-Americans on Dec. 29 & 31. He also played with…

Utah Warriors & Havea Unufe The Utah Warriors signed USA Falcon and Rugby Utah Selects 7s player Havea Unufe. He is 6’1″ tall and weighs 220 pounds. Unufe is from Hilo, Hawaii, but grew up in Provo, Utah with five brothers and one sister. He can turn to older brother Maka about rugby, as he plays for the Eagles 7s and was an Olympian in Rio. Havea Unufe played football as a child but quickly found himself being attracted to rugby’s fast pace and intensity. In High School, Unufe started playing for the Orem Stallions and then joined the Provo…

Seattle Seawolves & Cam Polson The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of former British Columbia Bear, Cam Polson. He is 6″4″ tall and plays lock. Polson was born in London, Ontario and moved with his family to Victoria, British Columbia when he was seven. His father was an avid rugby enthusiast and quickly involved his sons playing mini rugby with the Velox Valhallians RFC. In high school, he played for Claremont Secondary in Victoria, B.C. and with the Crimson Tide as a teenager. He also played briefly with Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, Australia. He began his collegiate career with…

MLR and XBlades ink exclusive apparel deal SALT LAKE CITY (December 20, 2017) — “Major League Rugby (MLR) today announced a multi-year deal with Australian sports apparel and boot company, XBlades, as its official on-field apparel partner. Renowned for its innovative and bespoke approach to sportswear, the Aussie brand will outfit all seven MLR teams and match officials in the company’s pro team apparel for the inaugural season. XBlades will provide all the on-pitch kits for all seven teams highlighted by custom-designed home and away jerseys that will all be available for sale to fans directly through the teams. Jersey…

New Orleans Gold & Taylor Howden The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Taylor Howden for the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby season. Taylor is from Auckland, New Zealand, is 6’0″ tall and weighs 221 pounds. He is a versatile player who plays fly-half or center. Taylor Howden & Rugby Taylor played rugby union at the Auckland Grammar School in New Zealand. He also played club rugby with Belmont Shore Rugby Club, the Denver Barbarians where he was a player/coach. for the Ohio Aviators in 2016 in the first professional rugby league in the U.S., as well as for the…

Seattle Seawolves & Louie Henson The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of Western Men’s Rugby alumni, Louie Henson. He is 6’2″ and 245 pounds. Henson was born and raised in Auburn, Washington and graduated from Auburn High School where he played football. Henson was exposed to rugby at age 7 when his family took a trip to Ireland. His father Gerry, was one of the founding members of Bellingham based club Chuckanut Bay RFC and is a Western Rugby alumnus. Louie started playing rugby with the Rainer Plateau Junior Rugby Association in 2010 and then continued at Western Washington State…

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