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 hosts MLR Eastern Conference rivals NOLA Gold at Lupo Family Field on Life University on Saturday, April 24 at 5:30 pm ET. The match will be broadcast on Cox Sports TV and streamed on 11 Alive, as well as on The Rugby Network. The Eastern Conference is a very competitive one with only 4 points separating first place Rugby United New York, and fifth place Rugby ATL. NOLA Gold is in second place with 14 points. Rugby ATL enters the match with a 2-3 record, while NOLA Gold is 2-1-1. The match will feature NOLA Gold’s potent offense…

The Houston SaberCats added Jake Hidalgo to their MLR squad for 2021. The 27-year-old center/wing is 6’0″ and 205 lbs. Jake is from East Chicago, Indiana, and attended Wheeler High School in Valparaiso. He played football as a running back, and track and field as a sprinter. In the latter, he came in first place at the 2010 Hoosier State Relay Trials in the 55m dash, as well as the 200 and 400 relay split. Following his high school graduation in 2012, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington from 2012-2017, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise…

Seattle Seawolves Release Quinn Width / Sky Sports News / Oisin Keniry/INPHO TUKWILA, WASHINGTON (APRIL 23, 2021) – The Seattle Seawolves have adjusted 2021 coaching roles and responsibilities effective immediately. For the remainder of the season, director of rugby Pate Tuilevuka will act as interim head coach and Kees Lensing will pivot to an assistant coach role, focusing on the Seawolves’ forwards and set piece. In addition to the changes with current staff, the Seawolves have added further support to the coaching team in Allen Clarke and Rory Best, bringing vast experience to bolster Seattle’s technical and high-performance skills. Clarke and Best will be…

Rugby United New York hosts the Toronto Arrows on Sunday, April 25 at Cochrane Stadium in Jersey City, N.J. at 2 pm ET. The match will be broadcast on MSG, TSN, and streamed on The Rugby Network. There will be a limited number of tickets available for the match. Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite. Attendees will be expected to socially distant and wear masks. A win for Rugby United New York will mean being able to distance themselves from some of their competitors, while for the Arrows, it means getting back into the race for the two conference playoff spots.…

Old Glory DC hosts the New England Free Jacks on Sunday, April 25 at 3:30 pm ET at Segra Field in Leesburg, VA. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and streamed internationally on The Rugby Network. Old Glory DC needs a win to get back into the competitive MLR Eastern Conference race. They have a 1-2-1 record, with 8 points in the standings with a win over Rugby ATL, a draw against NOLA Gold, and pushed the first place Rugby United New York to the limit last Sunday in a 38-34 loss. The New England Free Jacks…

LA Giltinis signed Serupepeli Vularika for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. Seru, who will be 31 years old next week, has represented Fiji at scrumhalf. The 5’5″, 190 lb back,  has also played inside center, wing, and fullback. Seru was born and raised in Suva, Fiji. According to the Fiji Times, he attended Assemblies of God High School before transferring to Lelean Memorial School Academy. In addition to school rugby, he played for Airport Rugby Club, Vurikoro, Rewa U20s, and the Nadi U20s. He played rugby sevens for Redrock in 2011 and 2014, and the five…

LA Giltinis signed Jonetani Munia Vasurakuta, who prefers to be called John, for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old center/wing is 6’4″ and 210 lbs. He originally signed with the Dallas Jackals, but following the postponement of their entry to the league until 2022, he became a free agent. John began playing rugby when he was 6 years old in his hometown village of Nakorovou, Serua, Fiji. During primary school, he played for Milo Kaji before high school, where he competed for the U16s and U17s in the Dean’s Competition, which is the highest level in the Fiji…

Old Glory DC obtained Thomas Morani for the next four weeks of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old center is 5’9″ and 195 lbs. He is on a short-term loan from the Houston SaberCats. Thomas joined the Houston SaberCats in 2020 and played 110 minutes in his two starts. he was re-signed by the team but did not play in any regular-season matches before being released from his contract. This made him available to Old Glory DC, who needed a center due to team injuries. Thomas is from Miami, Florida, and grew up in Buenas Aires, Argentina. He…

Old Glory DC added Osea Kolinisau for the next two weeks of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 35-year-old fullback/center is 6’0″, and 200 lbs. Osea played 228 minutes in 3 matches as a starter for the Houston SaberCats in 2020. He was not resigned from the team for the 2021 season but continued to play rugby for the Asia Pacific Dragons in the World Tens Series in Bermuda, October/November 2020. During the 2019 MLR season, Osea played 1004 minutes in 13 matches as a starter and scored 2 tries. He made 74 tackles and kicked 13 times for…

Austin Gilgronis added Nick Johnson for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old wing is 6’0″ and 215 lbs. Nick did not see regular-season playing time for the Colorado Raptors in 2020 but played for the Glendale Merlins. In 2019 he played 176 minutes for the Raptors in 6 matches, starting once. He carried the ball 22 times for 272 meters, made 6 tackles, had 3 linebreaks, 2 offloads, and kicked once for 25 meters. In 2018 he played 80 minutes in 4 matches as a reserve. Nick is a Denver, Colorado native and attended Mullin…

The Houston SaberCats called up Rugby HTX hooker Patrick Donovan after Diego Fortuny fractured his thumb. The 24-year-old is 5’8″ and 260 lbs. Patrick is from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and attended Doherty High School where he played football and rugby. Following his graduation, he went to Lindenwood University – Belleville from 2015-2019, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing. He was a Marketing Intern for Pro Rugby Agency in 2016. While at Lindenwood-Belleville, he played rugby and helped the team win the D1AA College 7s title in 2019. From 2019-2020…

The Toronto Arrows signed Kobe Faust ahead of their relocation to Marietta, Georgia for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 18-year-old Rugby Canada center/fullback (19 in May) is 6’1″ and 205 lbs. Kobe is from Uxbridge, Ontario. He played rugby for the Oshawa Vikings (ON), the Toronto Elite Reds Academy Rugby 7s team in 2017, and the University of Guelph Gryphons. Kobe also progressed through the Ontario Blues junior men’s provincial program. Kobe played for the Rugby Canada U18s during their December 2019 – January 2020 tour of California. He impressed coaches in an intrasquad scrimmage while playing for…

New England Free Jacks added former University of Kansas offensive lineman Ahongalu ‘Ngalu’ Fusimalohi for a trial with the team. The 28-year-old prop is 6’3” and 310 lbs. Ngalu is from Nuku’alofa, Tonga, and played rugby as a youth, before to the U.S. in September 2009 when he was almost 17. He attended Jefferson High School in Daly City, California, and played football as an offensive guard and defensive tackle. His senior year he was selected to the All-Peninsula Athletic League first team and All-County. Ngalu continued playing football at City College of San Francisco in 2011 and 2012 and…

Rugby United New York made its 2021 Major League Rugby home debut against Old Glory DC a success, winning 38-34, on Sunday, April 18 at Cochrane Stadium in Jersey City, N.J. There was excitement in the stands for friends and guests who attended the match, Rugby United New York’s first home one since 2019. The match was broadcast on MSG and NBCSW, as well as streamed on The Rugby Network. With the win, Rugby United New York is 3-1 and is in first place in the Eastern Conference with 15 points. Old Glory DC is 1-2-1 and is in sixth…

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