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Major League Rugby Renews On-Field Apparel Partnership with Paladin

Major League Rugby Renews On-Field Apparel Partnership with Paladin

DALLAS (August 11, 2020) – Major League Rugby (MLR) today announced the renewal of Paladin Sports as the Official On-Field Kit Provider for the 2021 MLR season. During the shortened 2020 season every team, was outfitted with Paladin kits providing a professional look and feel on and off the pitch. Paladin will continue to work with MLR teams to design and create player kits, and is developing new designs for the 2021 season. Paladin Sports has a strong international reputation for producing quality sporting apparel, particularly within professional rugby. Established during the 2019 season, the MLR-Paladin partnership represents a foray...

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2021 Player Signing: Dean Muir & Nate Augspurger

2021 Player Signing: Dean Muir & Nate Augspurger

In preparation for the next season, San Diego Legion is excited to announce its 2021 roster. The first names to be unveiled this week are last year’s starting hooker, Dean Muir, and former captain, Nate Augspurger. With the goal of making 2021 equally as memorable as the 2020 season - strong, efficient and undefeated - Dean and Nate will play a valuable role on the SD Legion squad.  Joining the SD Legion for a third season, Dean is bringing his scrummaging expertise back to the forward pack. He performed valiantly in the scrum, and in the 2020 season, Dean made...

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Rugby Recap: Top 5 Tries of 2020

Rugby Recap: Top 5 Tries of 2020

San Diego Legion finished the 2020 season of Major League Rugby as the only undefeated team in the league. With a powerful mix of players, both on attack and defense, the squad was able to make 20 successful tries before the season was abruptly cut short in March 2020.  For those wanting to relive the excitement from our action-packed matches, here’s a look at the top five tries of 2020 - as selected and re-told by SD Legion co-head coaches Scott Murray & Zack Test.    #5, Josh Furno vs. Rugby United New YorkOur team put great pressure at the...

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San Diego Legion and Ballast Point Brewing Co. Introduce Legion Lager

San Diego Legion and Ballast Point Brewing Co. Introduce Legion Lager

San Diego, CA (July 1, 2020) - San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby (MLR) franchise, is joining forces with Ballast Point to release Legion Lager. Starting today, the special release beer will be available in pints, crowlers and growlers at Ballast Point locations in Southern California, including Home Brew Mart, Little Italy, Long Beach and Miramar. “San Diego is the ‘Capital of Craft Beer,’ and we wanted to partner with a local craft brewery to create a delicious beer that lives up to this accolade,” said SD Legion President & CEO Ryan Patterson. “Much like Ballast Point is regarded...

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International rugby superstar Chris Robshaw joins San Diego Legion

International rugby superstar Chris Robshaw joins San Diego Legion

San Diego, CA (June 17, 2020) - Internationally acclaimed England national rugby team captain, Chris Robshaw, will join the San Diego Legion for its 2021 and 2022 seasons.  “Signing a player with Chris’ profile, talent and experience is another major step for us, both on and off the field,” said SD Legion Chairman Darren Gardner. “Not only will Chris add a new and very significant dimension to our team, Ryan and I believe Chris has the skill set and capability to transform how rugby is played across Major League Rugby as a whole.” A twice-named Aviva Premiership Player of the...

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Welcome to San Diego Legion, Patrick Madden & Cole Zarcone

Welcome to San Diego Legion, Patrick Madden & Cole Zarcone

Major League Rugby held its first-ever MLR Collegiate Draft 2020 on Saturday, June 13. With more than 400 players who applied to join this weekend's draft, the competition was fierce as only 24 players were selected by 10 participating MLR teams, including San Diego Legion. Congratulations to Patrick Madden and Cole Zarcone, who were selected as the 12th and 24th MLR Collegiate Draft picks (respectively) by Legion co-Head Coaches Scott Murray and Zack Test.   Join us in celebrating these rising stars and welcoming them to the San Diego Legion. Here's more information on the new lads joining Legion, as written by...

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A look at recent updates from Major League Rugby, June 2020

A look at recent updates from Major League Rugby, June 2020

San Diego, CA (June 10, 2020) - In recent days, Major League Rugby and San Diego Legion have made exciting announcements. From welcoming two new franchises to planning its first-ever MLR Collegiate Draft, MLR is setting up the league's 13 clubs and rugby in North America with a vibrant path ahead.  Here's a recap of the recent news... Last week, MLR introduced its two newest teams - Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA - bringing the franchise total to 13.  San Diego Legion announced that Scott Murray and Zack Test will be leading the charge as co-Head Coaches.  Also, this weekend MLR...

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San Diego Legion announce Scott Murray and Zack Test as Co-Head Coaches

San Diego Legion announce Scott Murray and Zack Test as Co-Head Coaches

San Diego, CA (May 28, 2020) - San Diego Legion has named Scott Murray and Zack Test as its new co-Head Coaches. Together, they will lead all Legion coaching duties.  “Each with storied rugby careers as players, including multiple Rugby World Cups, Olympics and Lions Tours, and their most recent work as very talented assistant coaches, Zack and Scott are well placed to take over our head-coaching role,” said San Diego Legion Chairman Darren Gardner. “Both have shown they could easily do the head-coach job in their own right, so Ryan and I feel very fortunate to have them working in combination. We are excited...

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Thank you to Coach Rob Hoadley

Thank you to Coach Rob Hoadley

San Diego, CA (May 27, 2020) - Effective immediately, Coach Rob Hoadley has stepped down as the Head Coach of the San Diego Legion to spend more time with his growing family.  Coach Hoadley wishes the Legion family well: "I would like to thank owners Ryan Patterson and Darren Gardner for the opportunity to help to build a very special organization. I look forward to watching the Legion’s success on the field in the coming years. I would also like to extend a big thank you and good luck to all the players, staff and fans. There have been many memorable moments...

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Major League Rugby Game Changers: Ryan Matyas

Major League Rugby Game Changers: Ryan Matyas

Major League Rugby is recognizing Game Changers in the League, players that are changing the sport of rugby for the better. These players are building rugby pathways and supporting future generations. In addition to Nate Augspurger, former USA Eagle & rugby veteran Ryan Matyas was nominated to represent San Diego Legion as an MLR Game Changer. Here's how Ryan is helping to build #RoadToRugby pathways in North America... Ryan Matyas demonstrates his passion for rugby by mentoring youth athletes and developing their performance techniques through clinics. He is dedicated to amplifying the rugby grassroots movement in North America – in a way that...

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A rugby 101 crossword, created by San Diego Legion

A rugby 101 crossword, created by San Diego Legion

How well do you know rugby and San Diego Legion? Put your knowledge to the test with this rugby 101 crossword puzzle, specially designed by the Legion Front Office for rugby novices & hardcore fans alike.  Each time a new puzzle is introduced, it'll be slightly harder than the last. Send us your completed crosswords for a chance to win San Diego Legion merchandise. We'll be awarding prizes for single-puzzle masters and those that can complete the entire flight.  Completed crossword puzzles may be sent to info@sdlegion.com. Here's the first installment of our rugby 101 crossword puzzle...   Here's round...

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San Diego Legion & Quick Tap Rugby Podcast launch San Diego Food Bank virtual drive

San Diego Legion & Quick Tap Rugby Podcast launch San Diego Food Bank virtual drive

As the COVID-19 crisis impacts local communities across the globe, San Diego Legion is supporting those in need by raising funds to benefit the San Diego Food Bank. In collaboration with Quick Tap Rugby (QTR) Podcast, San Diego Legion is launching a virtual food drive which will provide food assistance to individuals and families throughout San Diego County.  Together, San Diego Legion & Quick Tap Rugby Podcast hope to raise a minimum of $5,000 for the San Diego Food Bank. Legion supporters & QTR Podcast listeners are encouraged to make a donation by May 29, 2020.  Fans who participate in...

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Rugby Recap: San Diego Legion's undefeated 2020 season

Rugby Recap: San Diego Legion's undefeated 2020 season

The 2020 Major League Rugby season was truly one for the San Diego sports history book, as San Diego Legion finished as the only undefeated team in its league.  Want to relive all the excitement and action-packed matches from 2020? Scroll down and check out the video highlights, final scores and who was named Man of the Match for each game.  We'll kick things off with our first match against the reigning MLR Champions Seattle Seawolves. Some called this a rematch of the 2019 MLR Championship game, yet the ending this time around proved to be in our favor... Final score: 33-24, San...

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Thank you to San Diego Legions fans, 2020 Ticket Exchange Program

Thank you to San Diego Legions fans, 2020 Ticket Exchange Program

Thank you to all San Diego Legion fans for your support and patience during this challenging time. Below is more information on our 2020 Ticket Exchange Program. We hope this encourages you to join the excitement in 2021.  First, a message to fans from San Diego Legion ownership team...   Dear Legion Fans & Community Partners,  Much like you, San Diego Legion is disappointed that the 2020 Major League Rugby season was cut short due to the global COVID-19 crisis. However, we believe it’s the best decision for the health and safety of our players, fans, and the San Diego community....

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Major League Rugby cancels the remaining 2020 season, turns attention to 2021

Major League Rugby cancels the remaining 2020 season, turns attention to 2021

Thank you to all of our fans for your support this season. We are terribly disappointed to share news that MLR has cancelled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 virus. The safety of our fans, staff and players is our utmost priority. At a later date, we will announce more information on our ticket exchange program. Stay tuned for updates on social media, our website and email newsletters.  Additionally, we’re looking forward to our first MLR 2020: Virtual match on Saturday, March 21. Learn more and how you can tune-in here.  Let’s not forget there’s one silver lining in...

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Major League Rugby launches MLR 2020: Virtual

Major League Rugby launches MLR 2020: Virtual

MLR turns suspension hiatus into opportunity to showcase rugby’s core values and keep the competition alive with virtual matches. Calling all rugby fans, Twitch streamers and gamers: Starting this Friday, March 20, Major League Rugby and its 12 clubs will be launching MLR 2020: Virtual. While the MLR season is on hiatus due to the COVID-19 virus, San Diego Legion players will be competing virtually against other teams via Rugby20. Fans who tune-in to watch our Twitch streamed matches will be in for an entertaining treat. You'll have an opportunity to engage with MLR teams during the live streams, win prizes, and get...

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Major League Rugby suspends 2020 season for 30 days, A statement from San Diego Legion

Major League Rugby suspends 2020 season for 30 days, A statement from San Diego Legion

San Diego Legion has been closely monitoring the situation relating to the COVID-19 virus. The health of our players, staff, and fans is our utmost priority.  As a result of the COVID-19 virus, Major League Rugby has decided to suspend the 2020 regular season for 30 days, effective immediately.  We understand that this news is disappointing. We are terribly disappointed, too. The support of our fans is critical to our success.  If you already had tickets to our March 22 and April 5 home games, we will announce updates at a later date regarding our ticket exchange program.   For now,...

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A close finish against Rugby United NY, Legion is undefeated

A close finish against Rugby United NY, Legion is undefeated

For the fifth-straight week, San Diego Legion sits top of the MLR table and is now the only undefeated team in Major League Rugby.  On Sunday, March 8, Rugby United New York traveled to take on San Diego Legion. The last time RUNY and Legion saw each other was during the 2019 Semi-Finals, when Legion won with a 79th-minute try from JP Du Plessis.  A lot was on the line for both teams, Rugby United was scratching their way to the top of the East Conference. However, Legion also had a point to prove. Since the start of 2020 Major...

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San Diego Legion partners with San Diego Blood Bank to save lives

San Diego Legion partners with San Diego Blood Bank to save lives

San Diego Legion is partnering with San Diego Blood Bank to help save lives. Community members that donate blood at one of the organization's six locations from March 6 to 13, 2020 will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to our March 22 match against Old Glory D.C.* Stop by the Carmel Valley Donor Location on Monday, March 9 and say ‘hi’ to our very own players - Ryan Matyas and Dev Ferris from 12 to 2 pm. Save lives and enjoy some Major League Rugby with your mates and fellow lifesavers!  Make an appointment to donate blood.  *As a...

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A nail-biting win against NOLA: SD Legion remains at the top

A nail-biting win against NOLA: SD Legion remains at the top

This past weekend, San Diego Legion traveled to New Orleans, LA for the fourth game of the 2020 Major League Rugby season against NOLA Gold. Although the team spent no time on Bourbon Street celebrating Mardi Gras, they found themselves celebrating a BIG win at Gold Mine on Airline Stadium. After a hard-fought 80 minutes, Legion was victorious for the fourth week in a row.  NOLA was first on the board with a maul drive-off from a 5-meter lineout. A few minutes later,  Legion answered back with a try from Man of the Match Ma’a Nonu, which was converted by...

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Be a part of Nike Rugby Camps with San Diego Legion

Be a part of Nike Rugby Camps with San Diego Legion

Nike Rugby Camps is joining forces with San Diego Legion to train the rugby all-stars of tomorrow.  Each clinic is led by veteran Nike Camp Director Ethan Willis, and our very own Attack & Backs Coach and Legion Academy Director Zack Test. Players will receive hands-on instruction on all facets of the game while experiencing a fun learning environment. San Diego Legion Pre-Match Clinics Before four San Diego Legion matches this spring, Nike Rugby Camps will be hosting 1.5-hour clinics on the Manchester Field near Torero Stadium. Each player will train on-site at University of San Diego with our veteran...

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San Diego clinches a win against New England Free Jacks

San Diego clinches a win against New England Free Jacks

San Diego Legion clinched a thrilling win over the New England Free Jacks on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Embarking on its inaugural Major League Rugby season, the Free Jacks had their work cutout for them as they traveled to America’s Finest City for the first time this year. Legion demonstrated dominance during the match’s first half. The first points on the board came from Luke Burton, who opted to kick for points after a third Free Jacks penalty in under three minutes. The first try of the game came soon after with a chip kick from Burton to Save Totovosau, who successfully...

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Support Legacy Laces  All Season Long

Support Legacy Laces All Season Long

For the 2020 season, two games will feature a chance for donors to be entered into a drawing for a Legion-autographed ball where the winner will be announced at the game. The first one is this Sunday, February 9th! 

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Signature Nonu Jersey

Signature Nonu Jersey

~ Yep! That's right! We have just released a limited number of Ma'a Nonu Jerseys which are now available for purchase right here! ~ Purchase here  NOW!

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PAUL MULLEN JOINS SAN DIEGO LEGION

PAUL MULLEN JOINS SAN DIEGO LEGION

Company Release – 01/07/2019 10:00 AM PST For all media inquiries: media@sdlegion.com San Diego, CA— San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby franchise, is pleased to announce the signing of USA national team prop Paul Mullen for the 2020 season. Mullen was named to the US National Team in 2018 and made his debut in a winning test match against Russia. Mullen played in all four of the Eagles’ 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. “Paul is a stand-out US player and we are delighted to have him as part of the San Diego Legion organization. He brings great experience and talent...

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JOSH THIEL SIGNS WITH SAN DIEGO LEGION

JOSH THIEL SIGNS WITH SAN DIEGO LEGION

Josh Thiel signs with the San Diego Legion Company Release – 01/09/2020 10:00 AM PST For all media inquiries: media@sdlegion.com San Diego, CA.— San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby franchise, is delighted to announce the signing today of Canadian international player Josh Thiel. Thiel played at center during the World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2017 and went on to earn his first international cap during the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship in a winning match against Chile. “We are excited by the skill and versatility Josh brings. He gives us a lot of backline options. We can’t wait to see what he...

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INTERNATIONAL RUGBY SUPERSTAR JOINS SAN DIEGO LEGION FOR 2020

INTERNATIONAL RUGBY SUPERSTAR JOINS SAN DIEGO LEGION FOR 2020

San Diego, CA.— San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby franchise, announced Major League Rugby’s highest profile player signing to date, with the New Zealand All Blacks superstar Ma’a Nonu joining the team for the 2020 season. Nonu is a household name within the international rugby community with 103 caps as a New Zealand All Black and over 300+ professional games, including winning: 2 World Cups, 5 Tri-Nations/Rugby Championships and 8 Bledisloe Cups. His speed, explosiveness and raw power have forever changed how the Center position is played and has led to him being one of the all-time top try scorers in...

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SD LEGION ANNOUNCE OPEN COMBINE JULY 27TH

SD LEGION ANNOUNCE OPEN COMBINE JULY 27TH

THIS SUMMER, THE SAN DIEGO LEGION ARE HOSTING THE 1ST ANNUAL OPEN COMBINE ON SATURDAY, JULY 27TH 2019. WE ARE EXCITED TO SEE THE NEXT GROUP OF POTENTIAL MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY PLAYERS SHOWCASE THEIR RUGBY KNOWLEDGE AND CAPABILITIES. FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SCHEDULE AND LOCATION DETAILS. COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION APPLICATION AND PAYMENT FORM TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU. SCHEDULE (7/27/2019): Proteus Gym8:00AM: Player Arrival @ Proteus Gym8:30 – 9:00AM: Player Measurements9:00AM: Combine Begins – S&C (Weight Lifting Metrics)11:00 – 12:30PM: Lunch Break (players provide own meals)   Rancho Bernardo Community Park12:45 – 1:00PM: Player Arrival @ 4S RBC Park1:00...

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LEGION SET TO HOST LEGACY LACES AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE GAMES YOUTH RUGBY TOURNAMENT

LEGION SET TO HOST LEGACY LACES AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE GAMES YOUTH RUGBY TOURNAMENT

~ (SAN DIEGO, CA) –  The San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby team, and Legacy Laces announce a new partnership dedicated to serving youth with a focus to providing equipment for those in need to participate in team sports.  The Legion and Legacy Laces are teaming up for an official cleat drive on July 13-14 at Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos, CA. for the California State Games youth rugby tournament. “We are excited with be working with an amazing foundation like Legacy Laces again this season,” added Ashley Otte, Exec. GM of SD Legion.  “Our players and staff...

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ANNOUNCES FIRST AND SECOND ALL-MLR TEAMS, AWARD WINNERS FOR 2019

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ANNOUNCES FIRST AND SECOND ALL-MLR TEAMS, AWARD WINNERS FOR 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (June 25, 2019) – Major League Rugby (MLR) officially announced its award winners and All-MLR team selections for the 2019 season on Tuesday. Fresh off his team’s successful title defense, Brad Tucker of the Seattle Seawolves has been named the 2019 Player of the Year. Tucker was a force at lock for the Seawolves all season long, making his presence felt on both sides of the ball. His consistent performance throughout the regular season carried into the playoffs and was instrumental to the Seawolves during their post-season run to defending the MLR Championship Shield. MLR also...

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LEGION FALL TO SEAWOLVES IN FINAL SECONDS OF MLR CHAMPIONSHIP

LEGION FALL TO SEAWOLVES IN FINAL SECONDS OF MLR CHAMPIONSHIP

~ SAN DIEGO, CA  – The top-ranked San Diego Legion had the defending champion Seattle Seawolves on the ropes in Sunday afternoon’s Major League Rugby Championship game. With just under two minutes to play, Legion fly-half Joe Pietersen nailed a penalty goal to give San Diego a 23-19 lead. The lead, which appeared to be the difference in the match, was supposed to be the finishing touches on a match in which the Legion battled back from a 14-6 halftime deficit. Unfortunately for the Legion, it was the Seawolves who had the last offensive serge as Seattle used a last-minute rolling maul to...

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USA MEN’S EAGLES NAME PRELIMINARY TRAINING SQUAD FOR RUGBY WORLD CUP JAPAN 2019 INCLUDING 8 LEGION PLAYERS

USA MEN’S EAGLES NAME PRELIMINARY TRAINING SQUAD FOR RUGBY WORLD CUP JAPAN 2019 INCLUDING 8 LEGION PLAYERS

~ With just 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the USA Men’s Eagles have named their preliminary 50-man training squad which includes 40 players who will assemble next week in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup. The preliminary training squad comprises a pool of players who will be considered for the final 31-man roster traveling to Japan in mid-September. Over the next several months, Head Coach Gary Gold and staff will use the upcoming camp in Colorado and Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) to make final selections. Of the 50 players chosen, three are uncapped including Houston...

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MLR CHAMPIONSHIP: HOW TO WATCH SEATTLE VS. SAN DIEGO

MLR CHAMPIONSHIP: HOW TO WATCH SEATTLE VS. SAN DIEGO

~ After avenging an April loss to the Toronto Arrows this week with a 30-17 rout, the Seattle Seawolves now have a chance to defend their Major League Rugby title by advancing to the championship match. This time, however, they’ll be up against the San Diego Legion, and they’ll be on the road after seeing three of their four 2019 losses come away from home. The Seawolves, of course, are no slouches. Headlined by reigning MLR championship MVP Vili Toluta’u, they finished 11-4-1 this season and boast the league’s top scorer in 27-year-old British Columbia native Brock Staller. They are also just a year removed from edging...

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MLR CHAMPIONSHIP: POSITION MATCHUP

MLR CHAMPIONSHIP: POSITION MATCHUP

The defending champion Seattle Seawolves and top-ranked San Diego Legion are marching into Sunday’s MLR Championship match about as evenly matched as they could possibly be. It’s logical that the last two teams standing also feature some of the best players in the entire MLR, but what’s extremely interesting is to see how well these two teams match up across the board. It’s hard to give either team the edge no matter which way the roster is spun and examined. The Legion head into the match with 47 First XV selections over the course of the season while the Seawolves have earned 46 selections. The Legion have won 204...

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2019 MLR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

2019 MLR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

~ Sunday afternoon’s Major League Rugby Championship will feature two sides in the Seattle Seawolves and the San Diego Legion that are extremely familiar with one another. The Championship match at Torero Stadium will also feature two teams that are extremely evenly matched. Between the familiarity and the similarity between the two sides, Sunday’s match has all the makings to be another instant classic. Dating back to last season, the top-ranked Legion and the second place Seawolves come into Sunday’s match having played each other four times. The all-time series is tied at 2-2, with the Seawolves taking the two matches they played last season and...

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2019 MLR Championship Preview

2019 MLR Championship Preview

Sunday afternoon’s Major League Rugby Championship will feature two sides in the Seattle Seawolves and the San Diego Legion that are extremely familiar with one another. The Championship match at Torero Stadium will also feature two teams that are extremely evenly matched. Between the familiarity and the similarity between the two sides, Sunday’s match has all the makings to be another instant classic. Dating back to last season, the top-ranked Legion and the second place Seawolves come into Sunday’s match having played each other four times. The all-time series is tied at 2-2, with the Seawolves taking the two matches...

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LEGION HOST RUNY TO KICK OFF MLR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

LEGION HOST RUNY TO KICK OFF MLR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

  MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION HOST RUGBY UNITED NY IN SEMI-FINALS SAN DIEGO, CA – After becoming to the first team in the 2019 Major League Rugby season to clinch a spot in the MLR Championship Series, the first-place San Diego Legion will also, be the team to get the playoffs rolling when they host the fourth-place Rugby United New York at Torero Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Legion (12-3-1) locked up the top seed in the MLR Championship Series with their 22-10 victory over the NOLA Gold in Week 19. The victory, which eliminated the Gold from playoff contention, allowed RUNY (11-5) to slide into the fourth seed and set up the first semi-final...

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MLR REGULAR SEASON RECAP

MLR REGULAR SEASON RECAP

~ It’s hard to believe that Major League Rugby’s second-ever regular season is already over. With three teams, the Seattle Seawolves, Toronto Arrows, and Rugby United New York, all clinching playoff spots in Week 19 to join the San Diego Legion in the MLR Championship Series, that leaves five teams out of the tournament. Not everyone can qualify, but not making the playoffs doesn’t necessarily equate to a failed season. Here is a look at how each team fared in 2019.   AUSTIN ELITE RUGBY (0-16) Position: 9th Table Points: 5 2019 was a tough year for Austin Elite Rugby....

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THE RESURGENCE OF MIKEY TE’O

THE RESURGENCE OF MIKEY TE’O

Written by: Colton Strickler, MLR Correspondent. Photos: San Diego Legion/V.Rappleyea. SAN DIEGO LEGION FULLBACK MIKEY TE’O FOUND HIMSELF AT A CROSSROAD IN 2018.   Just one match into Major League Rugby’s inaugural season, Te’o went knee-to-knee with Austin Elite Rugby’s fullback Sione Fangaiuiha as he went to kick the ball and tore his ACL. The Legion went on to win the match and eventually make the playoffs, but Te’o had to turn his focus on the long road to recovery. “It was just a long process,” Te’o says of his knee injury. “It was very tough.” To understand how far...

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TOP-RANKED LEGION LOOK TO SECURE HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE AS THEY HOST NOLA GOLD

TOP-RANKED LEGION LOOK TO SECURE HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE AS THEY HOST NOLA GOLD

~ MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION HOST GOLD IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Legio have already locked up a playoff spot, but they’ll have the chance to play the role of the spoiler on Sunday evening when the NOLA Gold come to town. The Legion (11-3-1) secured a spot in Major League Rugby’s Championship series after their 31-21 victory over the Utah Warriors on May 18. They’ll welcome a Gold (9-6) team on a three-game slide that will need a victory on Sunday to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Gold will have to do it against a Legion team that kick-started their losing streak with a hard-fought 28-16 loss...

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LIMITED EDITION SD LEGION CAMO JERSEY BENEFITING THE TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION

LIMITED EDITION SD LEGION CAMO JERSEY BENEFITING THE TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION

Introducing the SD Legion Limited Edition Camo Jersey! Players will be wearing these one-of-a-kind designs for our last game of the 2019 season to celebrate Military Appreciation Day. Official Major League Rugby merchandise, these jerseys are up for grabs with a week long live auction to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. Click HERE to download the app let the bidding begin. Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) unites communities to strengthen America’s national character by empowering veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop and lead future generations. In 2007,1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis’s...

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SPOTLIGHT: PADDY RYAN

SPOTLIGHT: PADDY RYAN

WRITTEN BY: JOE HARVEYPHOTOS: SAN DIEGO LEGION   “I think we’re the first team to beat Seattle in Seattle and they won it last year. So that was a big thing for us,” said San Diego Legion prop, Paddy Ryan. “And we’re both on the west coast, so there is a bit of a rivalry there” “New York is a team that we know all the names in it, so to beat them away was quite important. But I wouldn’t say that there is any point in getting ahead of ourselves,” said Ryan. “There is still plenty of stuff that...

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LEGION BECOME FIRST TEAM TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT IN 2019 MLR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

LEGION BECOME FIRST TEAM TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT IN 2019 MLR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

~ MLR announces the San Diego Legion as the first team to clinch a playoff spot Salt Lake City, UT; May 21, 2019: It took until Week 17, but the San Diego Legion became the first team to clinch a playoff spot in Major League Rugby’s Championship Series with their 31-21 victory over the Utah Warriors on Saturday night. The Legion punched in five tries against the Warriors to secure the bonus-point victory and remain in the driver’s seat atop the MLR table. Saturday’s victory improved San Diego’s record to 11-3-1 and gives them 57 total points on the season with...

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TOP-RANKED LEGION HIT THE ROAD FOR TILT WITH WARRIORS

TOP-RANKED LEGION HIT THE ROAD FOR TILT WITH WARRIORS

   ~ MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION LOOK TO SECURE PLAYOFF BERTH WITH WIN IN UTAH SALT LAKE CITY – The San Diego Legion will take their first-place record on the road to Utah for a battle with the Warriors on Saturday evening. Saturday evening’s match against the seventh place Warriors (2-10-1) will be the Legion’s (10-3-1) fourth away match in as many weeks and will also be their final away match of the regular season. It will not be one that the Legion can afford to take lightly. ~ ~ With only two matches remaining in the Legion’s regular season, the playoff race is still wide open. A victory on Saturday is...

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LEGION AT WARRIORS OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY – LUMBERYARD TAVERN

LEGION AT WARRIORS OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY – LUMBERYARD TAVERN

~ Attention Legion Army! We have one final regular season away game this weekend in Salt Lake City against the Utah Warriors! Come join, Legion players, staff, and the Cohort this Saturday at the Lumberyard Tavern in Encinitas for the Official Legion Viewing Party. The party starts at 5:00 PM with Food and Drink specials as well as SD Legion raffles and swag giveaways. Come join us for all of the fun, we will see you there!   LOCATION 967 S Coast Hwy 101 #101Encinitas, CA 92024(760) 479-1657 If you can’t make it over to the Lumberyard but still want to watch the game with friends check the list...

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LEGION OUTLAST GOLD, REGAIN TOP SPOT IN STANDINGS

LEGION OUTLAST GOLD, REGAIN TOP SPOT IN STANDINGS

MARRERO, LA  – The highly-anticipated Week 16 matchup between the top two teams in Major League Rugby turned into battle of attrition and will as the San Diego Legion (10-3-1) saw off challenger NOLA Gold (9-4-0), 26-19, to replace the League leader atop the standings. The home side fell behind early Saturday and erased three Legion leads, but did not have enough in the tank to maintain the pace of a San Diego team coming off of its first loss since March 10. The Legion’s four-match road trip culminates with a stop in Herriman, Utah, for a Week 17 battle against the Warriors (2-10-1) Saturday, May 18. ~...

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THE RUGBY MOM EFFECT

THE RUGBY MOM EFFECT

BEING A RUGBY MOM ISN‘T JUST ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR CHILD, BUT RATHER THE ENTIRE TEAM. by: Ashley Brooks It is almost a guarantee looking into the stands of a rugby match that you will find a mom – no matter if you are at a local match or an international test match. While there is no handbook on being a rugby mom, there appears to be a common understanding that rugby moms would do anything to help their child and their child’s entire team be successful on the pitch. Three National Team Athletes’ Moms share what it is like to be rugby moms. “If you asked me before I knew what rugby was, I would answer no....

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LEGION TRAVEL TO THE BIG EASY TO TAKE ON TOP-RANKED GOLD

LEGION TRAVEL TO THE BIG EASY TO TAKE ON TOP-RANKED GOLD

~ MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION FACE NOLA IN SHOWDOWN FOR THE TOP SPOT NEW ORLEANS – After a tough loss to the Toronto Arrows on the road, the San Diego Legion will look to bounce back with another tough test on the road when they take on the first place NOLA Gold on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s match will mark the first time that the second place Legion (9-3-1) and the Gold (9-3) will meet in 2019. While NOLA enters the match riding the momentum of a 26-14 victory over Austin Elite Rugby, San Diego will be hungry after falling 23-19 to the red-hot...

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LEGION VS. NOLA GOLD OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY – KAMINSKI’S

LEGION VS. NOLA GOLD OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY – KAMINSKI’S

~ Hey Legion fans, it’s another away game weekend as we play the NOLA Gold for the rights to the top spot in the league. Come join staff, Legion players, and the Cohort this Saturday at Kaminski’s in Poway for the Official Legion Watch Party. The party gets started at 11:00 AM with food and drink specials as well as Legion raffles and swag giveaways. Kickoff is at noon so come early and join the fun! LOCATION 12735 Poway Rd.Poway, California 92064(858 )748-1106 If you can’t make it over to Kaminski’s but still want to watch the game with friends check the list of...

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