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.

Rugby ATL scored a try in the 75th minute to beat Rugby United New York 10-9 in the MLR Eastern Conference Final at Life University on July 24. The match was broadcast on CBS Sports Network and internationally on The Rugby Network. Rugby ATL ended the regular season in first place with an 11-5 record and 57 points, while Rugby United New York’s record was 10-6 and 53 points. Their records were second and fourth in the league, respectively. Match Recap Rugby ATL had the first scoring opportunity in the third minute after a New York penalty, however, the penalty…

Rugby ATL hosts Rugby United New York in the MLR Eastern Conference Final at Life University on July 24 at 8 pm ET. The match will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and internationally on The Rugby Network. Rugby ATL ended the regular season in first place with an 11-5 record and 57 points, while Rugby United New York’s record was 10-6 and 53 points. Their records were second and fourth in the league, respectively. Rugby ATL General Manager/Head Coach Scott Lawrence has made seven starter changes and one addition in the reserves from last week’s 22-19 road loss to…

The LA Giltinis added Cyrille Cama on a short-term contract with injuries and the Olympics impacting their squad. The 20-year-old back-row is 5’11” and 225 lbs. Cyrille is from Natokalau, Kubulau, Fiji. He played rugby at St Agnes Primary School in Nabua before his parents, three siblings, and he migrated to the United States in 2013. Cyrille was the captain of the St John Bosco Rugby team for two years and also played football as a linebacker. He also played for the USA U20s, as well as for the Rhinos Rugby Academy Sacramento. With the latter, he progressed through the…

The LA Giltinis added Dylan James ahead of their match against the Utah Warriors. The 22-year-old scrumhalf is 5’10” and 180 lbs. Dylan is from Santa Monica, California, and attended Santa Monica Catholic High School. He played football in high school and rugby with Santa Monica Rugby Football Club. Dylan played representative rugby with the SoCal Griffins in 2015-2016 and at the NAI Sevens with the Atavus All-Stars Boys in 2016. In 2017 he played with the Santa Monica Dolphins and the USA Club Sevens Nationals. He also has played rugby at the University of Utah and with the LA…

Rugby United New York clinched a spot in Major League Rugby‘s Eastern Conference playoff final after Ben Foden scored the team’s fourth try in the 65th minute of the July 17 match against NOLA Gold. The bonus point was enough for New York to advance despite a comeback try at death by the visitors in the closing minute to edge New York 35-32. After the playoffs were secured, any remaining replacements were entered for the remainder of the match. Next Saturday, July 24, the Eastern Conference Final will be held at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. The kickoff will be…

The remaining Major League Rugby Eastern Conference playoff spot will be decided on Saturday, July 17 when Rugby United New York faces NOLA Gold at Belson Stadium on St. John’s University Campus. The kickoff is at 2 pm and $10 tickets may be obtained by clicking here. For those who can’t attend, the match will be broadcast on MSG, Cos Sports Network, and streamed on The Rugby Network. Rugby United New York can advance to the Eastern Conference Final against Rugby ATL on July 24 with a win, draw, a bonus point, or a loss by less than 20 points.…

Rugby United New York defeated the Houston SaberCats 54-19 at Belson Stadium on St. John’s University campus on Saturday, July 10. The match was broadcast on AT&T Sports Net in Houston, MSG, and streamed on The Rugby Network. Before the MLR match, Met NY U23s defeated Roots Rugby U23s 47-0. New York will now await the outcome of the Seattle Seawolves vs NOLA Gold match on July 11 with NOLA currently trailing New York by 5 points in the standings. NOLA Gold could keep pace with New York with a bonus-point win and would need a 15 point margin of…

Rugby United New York obtained Keanu Andrade from NOLA Gold as player cover for the July international tests. The 23-year-old center/scrumhalf is 5’8″ and 190 lbs. Keanu was selected in the MLR Supplemental draft in 2020 and traded to NOLA Gold. He played for the NOLA Gold Academy in 2020 and during 2021 NOLA Gold pre-season matches. He also played for New Orleans RFC in 2021. Keanu is from Danville, California, and attended De LaSalle High School. He played football as a linebacker and in 2015 was named to the All-Northern California High School football team. He also played rugby…

Rugby United New York signed Colorado XO Kaleb Geiger for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old hooker is 6’1″ and 250 lbs. Kaleb is from Sedalia, Colorado, and comes from a family of loggers. He played youth baseball, football, and wrestling and continued with these sports at Castle View High School before graduating in 2014. His first love was baseball and he played three years of varsity. He also played two years of varsity football and was a 1st team All-Conference his senior year and second-team as a junior. As a senior, he was the…

The Houston SaberCats added Jeffrey Steele ahead of their 2021 Major League Rugby match in New York. The 28-year-old plays all positions in the front row but is primarily a loosehead prop. He is 6’0″ and 260 lbs. Jeffrey is from Chicago, Illinois. He attended J.Sterling Morton High School, graduating in 2011. He played football on the offensive line, swam, and played rugby. His senior year, in 2011, the rugby team won the Illinois State Championship. He also played on the Illinois Tornadoes All-Star Rugby team which won the Elk Hart Tournament that year. He attended Western Illinois University from…

Rugby United New York faces the Houston SaberCats at Belson Stadium on St. John’s University campus on Saturday, July 10 at 2 pm. It is fan appreciation day with all tickets $10. Click here for tickets! For those who can’t attend, the match is being broadcast on AT&T Sports Net in Houston, MSG, and streamed on The Rugby Network. Before the MLR match, Met NY U23s will play Roots Rugby at 11:30 am. MLR is teaming with DASH and the American Cancer Society to fight breast cancer. All players this weekend will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned…

Houston SaberCats Release The Houston SaberCats are pleased to announce the signing of Director of Rugby Heyneke Meyer. Meyer is best known for his years coaching the Springboks—National Team of South Africa. He brings a history of success with teams from around the world — including South Africa, Asia and Europe. “This is a very important time for the SaberCats organization. I am fully committed to turning this team into one that wins on a regular basis and brings a championship to all the dedicated fans of Houston,” said Meyer. “The SaberCats have the best facilities in the country, and…

AG Release AG Rugby is delighted to announce the hiring of Dave Hodges as Director of Player Personnel. A former USA National team captain, Hodges brings decades of playing, coaching, and administrative experience to the AGs. He looks forward to spearheading recruitment and scouting for the AGs. AG Rugby General Manager Mike Sheehan says, “Dave Hodges is one of the most respected figures in American rugby and we feel fortunate to have his valuable insights steering the development of our squad for years to come.” Hodges plans to grow the AG Rugby player database, nurture the local player pipeline and…

The New England Free Jacks bested Rugby United New York 22-6 in the rain, wind, and cold, at Union Point Stadium in Weymouth, MA on Saturday, July 3. The match was broadcast on NESN and MSG and streamed on The Rugby Network. This kept New England mathematically in the MLR Eastern Conference playoff race, and placed more pressure on New York to win their remaining two matches, pending the outcome of the LA vs NOLA Gold match tomorrow. The playoff race is still between four teams, Rugby ATL, Rugby United New York, NOLA Gold, and the New England Free Jacks…

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