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Tickets now on sale for San Diego Legion June 2021 matches

Tickets now on sale for San Diego Legion June 2021 matches

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 8, 2021) - San Diego Legion is officially back to its hometown of San Diego, and ready to welcome fans in the stands at Torero Stadium. Tickets for the next two home games - June 20 and 26, 2021 - are now on sale at sdlegion.com/tickets. “The Major League Rugby 2021 competition is firing up and San Diego Legion is hitting form at a critical moment in the season,” said Darren Gardner, Executive Chairman at SD Legion. “It’s the perfect time for our fans to come out and support as we march towards the playoffs. We...

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Exclusive for Season Ticket Holders: 2021 Tickets now sale

Exclusive for Season Ticket Holders: 2021 Tickets now sale

The moment all San Diego Legion and rugby fans have been waiting for since March 2020 is finally here. Tickets are now on sale for the remaining 2021 season of Major League Rugby. This is your chance to watch San Diego Legion live at its home base in San Diego, CA - Torero Stadium!  Home matches in June...Sunday, June 20 - San Diego Legion vs. Los Angeles GiltinisSaturday, June 26 - San Diego Legion vs. Austin Gilgronis Here’s the full scoop… As promised, we are opening ticket sales to 2020 Season Ticket Holders (STH) and Centurion Members first. If you are...

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Three San Diego Legion players selected: USA Rugby Men's XV Extended Roster

Three San Diego Legion players selected: USA Rugby Men's XV Extended Roster

This week, USA Rugby Men's XVs National Team release its extended 41-player roster for the test in July. San Diego Legion is thrilled to congratulate three of its very own players - Siaosi "CC" Mahoni, Ryan Matyas, and Psalm Wooching - on being selected for this prestigious opportunity with USA Rugby.   This is preliminary list marks another great step for rugby in the U.S. and Major League Rugby as a whole. As the process unfold, the traveling roster for tests against England and Ireland will be selected from this group.  Roughly 75% of the roster — a total of 31...

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San Diego Legion to play its matches at Elite Athlete Training Center, Chula Vista, CA

San Diego Legion to play its matches at Elite Athlete Training Center, Chula Vista, CA

Great news for San Diego Legion fans: the next two home matches will be played in the San Diego area! The upcoming games in May will be played at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Saturday, May 15 vs. NOLA Gold Saturday, May 29 vs. Houston SaberCats Please note: both matches will be closed to the public and kick-off is now set for 1pm PT. Watch the matches live on AntennaTV (channel 69.2 in San Diego) or The Rugby Network. Head over to Ballast Point Miramar or another viewing location to watch the game in celebration with fellow...

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Match 8 vs. Seattle Seawolves: Team Roster & Updates

Match 8 vs. Seattle Seawolves: Team Roster & Updates

It’s a rivalry that goes back to the inaugural season of Major League Rugby 2018. This weekend, the San Diego Legion travels to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seawolves.  Kick off is set for Sunday, May 9 at 5pm PT.  Here's a look at the full game day lineup, injuries report and comments from our Co-Head Coach Zack Test:  A few highlights…  This Sunday, Josh Furno will have his first start with San Diego Legion in 2021 Carlo de Nysschen is back again this week, starting in the #9 spot A young rising star, Cam Clark will...

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MLR Double Header: East Coast vs. West Coast Battle it Out

MLR Double Header: East Coast vs. West Coast Battle it Out

Great news for Major League Rugby Fans! San Diego Legion vs. New England Free Jacks will be part of an MLR Double Header, kicking off this Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:30pm PT. Two teams from the Eastern and Western Conference are ready to battle it out at Los Angeles Coliseum - Home of the LA Giltinis.  For week seven of MLR 2021, the San Diego Legion will take on the New England Free Jacks. Fans may purchase tickets and watch TWO Major League Rugby matches in one day.  **TICKETS START AT $20 AND ARE AVAILABLE VIA TICKETMASTER.**  Following San...

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Match 6 vs. LA Giltinis: Team Roster & Updates

Match 6 vs. LA Giltinis: Team Roster & Updates

San Diego Legion is ready to take on its new West Coast rivals from Southern California, the Los Angeles Giltinis. Kick-off is set for Saturday, April 24 at 6pm PT.  Here's a look at the full game day lineup, injuries report and comments from our Co-Head Coach Zack Test...  A quick update on our player injuries & availability: Dylan Audsley had surgery this week and is in recovery with high spirits Joe Pietersen is out sick again this week Josh Thiel has a lower leg injury Keni Nasoqeqe is out this week with an upper body injury Faka’osi Pifeleti is...

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San Diego Legion to play at Dignity Health Sports Park

San Diego Legion to play at Dignity Health Sports Park

The San Diego Legion is officially back home to Southern California! Training has resumed at the Legion High Performance Center & HQ this week.   For the upcoming game on Saturday, April 17 vs. the Utah Warriors, San Diego Legion will host the match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The event will be closed to the public.  We are pleased to share that Dignity Health Sports Park will be our home venue for the following games: Saturday, April 17 vs. Utah Warriors Saturday, May 1 vs. New England Free Jacks Saturday, May 15 vs. NOLA Gold Saturday, May...

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San Diego Legion returns home to San Diego, CA

San Diego Legion returns home to San Diego, CA

SD Legion players and coaching staff will relocate to the team’s headquarters in California San Diego, CA (April 5, 2021) - San Diego Legion is returning to its home in San Diego, CA. On April 12, the team will relocate back to San Diego and resume training at the Legion High Performance Center and Headquarters in Carlsbad.  Due to various limitations caused by the pandemic in California, the San Diego Legion temporarily relocated to Las Vegas, NV for the beginning of the Major League Rugby 2021 season. The team is now returning to its home in San Diego for the...

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Match 2 Roster 2021: Commentary from SD Legion Coaches

Match 2 Roster 2021: Commentary from SD Legion Coaches

Match two of Major League Rugby 2021 versus Austin Gilgronis is upon us. Here is a quick behind-the-scenes look at our game day roster with comments from co-head coaches Scott Murray and Zack Test. Scroll down to see the full roster to San Diego Legion vs. Austin Gilgronis, March 28, 2021 at 5pm PST. Missing from this week’s roster: Chris Robshaw is still serving his disciplinary sanction. We expect him to be back on the field later this season for week four of MLR 2021 versus Houston SaberCats.Nate Augspurger, Dean Muir and Josh Thiel are not available for this game...

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San Diego Legion and Ballast Point Brewing Co. Release Legion Lager in Cans

San Diego Legion and Ballast Point Brewing Co. Release Legion Lager in Cans

The official craft beer of San Diego’s Major League Rugby team now available in 16-ounce cans SAN DIEGO, CA (March 18, 2021) - Just in time for the kick-off of San Diego Legion’s fourth season of Major League Rugby, Legion Lager by Ballast Point Brewing Co. will be released in 16-ounce can, four packs. Starting today, the official craft beer of San Diego Legion will be available at Ballast Point locations in Southern California, including Home Brew Mart, Little Italy, Miramar, Anaheim and Long Beach. “Ballast Point is a staple among the local San Diego craft brewing community, and we’re...

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San Diego Legion kicks off 4th MLR Season, March 20 - presented by FOX 5 San Diego

San Diego Legion kicks off 4th MLR Season, March 20 - presented by FOX 5 San Diego

San Diego Legion home opener presented by and broadcast on KSWB/FOX 5 San Diego San Diego, CA (March 16, 2021) - San Diego Legion Rugby is back! Kicking off its fourth season of Major League Rugby (MLR) on Saturday, March 20, 2021, the SD Legion home opener is presented by FOX 5 San Diego and will broadcast live on KSWB/FOX 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. PST. International fans will be able to tune-in live through The Rugby Network, an online streaming platform powered by The RugbyPass and MLR. Due to COVID-19 health and safety recommendations, the San Diego Legion...

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Recap: San Diego Legion hosts Seattle Seawolves for preseason scrimmage

Recap: San Diego Legion hosts Seattle Seawolves for preseason scrimmage

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, the Major League Rugby reigning champions and our friendly rivals, Seattle Seawolves, joined us in Las Vegas, NV for a pre-season scrimmage. During the scrimmage, both teams engaged in 20-minute game blocks. These provided an opportunity to practice scrum and lineout formations, strike plays and scenario based situations, concluding with a match scrimmage, played in accordance with Major League Rugby rules and referees. Overall, the San Diego Legion performed very well in key areas that will produce much success during the 2021 season of Major League Rugby. While our squad’s performance had moments of brilliance,...

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Update: Major League Rugby 2021 season schedule

Update: Major League Rugby 2021 season schedule

With 45 days until the season kicks off, Major League Rugby unveiled updates to the 2021 season schedule. The new lineup reflects the postponement of the Dallas Jackals inaugural season as well as the temporary relocation of the San Diego Legion and Toronto Arrows.  The San Diego Legion 2021 schedule is listed below along with the full press release from Major League Rugby... MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ANNOUNCES UPDATED 2021 SEASON SCHEDULE San Diego and Toronto Teams Announce Temporary Venue Relocations   DALLAS (February 3, 2021) – Major League Rugby (MLR) announced today an updated 2021 season schedule reflecting the postponement of...

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Update from San Diego Legion: 2021 season & ticket exchange program

Update from San Diego Legion: 2021 season & ticket exchange program

As you know, the San Diego Legion has announced that its home matches during the 2021 Major League Rugby season will be played in Las Vegas, NV. Here is the club’s official statement... If you are a 2020 season ticket or single-game ticket holder, you are eligible to receive a refund on any remaining credits from 2020. More information is here: Options for season ticket holders Season ticket holders may opt-in to receive a prorated credit toward a 2021season ticket package.  Season ticket holders may opt-in to receive a prorated credit for merchandise sold exclusively on sdlegion.com.  Season ticket holders...

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Rugby 101: Who's on the field

Rugby 101: Who's on the field

Here is the next installment of San Diego Legion's Rugby 101 series. This round, we're covering 'Who is on the field,' giving you a run down of the different positions in rugby and important role each player has during the game. Be sure to share with your friends and help them understand how rugby is just like all the sports they know, only better. 🏉  

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ANNOUNCES 2021 SEASON SCHEDULE

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ANNOUNCES 2021 SEASON SCHEDULE

 The countdown to #MLR2021 Kick-Off continues! Today, Major League Rugby announced details on the 2021 season schedule with matches beginning on March 20, 2021. Check out San Diego Legion's full season schedule below as well as the official announcement from MLR.  If you're not a current (2020) season ticket holder and interested in learning more about next season, join our waitlist here.  Thanks for all the support - our team is excited to get back on the field stronger than ever before. 🏉 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY ANNOUNCES 2021 SEASON SCHEDULELeague to Begin Play March 20; Play 18 Weeks Prior to...

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San Diego Legion community partner, Legacy Laces Awarded Qualcomm Foundation Grant for Kick-It Kits

San Diego Legion community partner, Legacy Laces Awarded Qualcomm Foundation Grant for Kick-It Kits

Legacy Laces Awarded Qualcomm Foundation Grant for Kick-It Kits San Diego Legion to Support Distribution Efforts SAN DIEGO, CA (Dec. 3, 2020) – Legacy Laces, a local nonprofit dedicated to getting gear to kids who are sidelined from sports, was awarded a $10,000 grant by Qualcomm Foundation. The funds were given as part of the company’s annual employee pitch competition where Legacy Laces was one of 10 finalists selected from more than 70 non-profit organizations nominated by employees.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. employee and Legacy Laces board member, Liz Philips, pitched “Operation Kick-It Kit,” a project designed to keep kids engaged with soccer at times when COVID-19 restrictions...

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Rugby 101: How to Score

Rugby 101: How to Score

Here is the second edition of San Diego Legion's Rugby 101 series. For this installment, we're covering 'How to Score,' and what it means to have a try, conversion, penalty kick and drop kick happen during a rugby match.  Scroll down and keep reading to learn more...Or if you prefer video highlights, check out the SD Legion Vimeo channel.  More importantly, share with your friends and help them understand how rugby is just like all the sports they know, only better. 🏉

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Josh Furno and Faka'osi Pifeleti re-sign with San Diego Legion

Josh Furno and Faka'osi Pifeleti re-sign with San Diego Legion

With just a few months until the start of Major League Rugby 2021 season, the San Diego Legion continues to solidify its roster. Join us in welcoming back two familiar names, Josh Furno and Faka’osi Pifeleti. Both players are aggressive and hungry for the season to begin.  Josh Furno returns to the sunny beaches of San Diego. One of the most experienced players to step foot on Torero Stadium, the 37 capped, Italian lock will be back next year. He is an utter powerhouse in the lineout and during open field play. Josh joined the SD Legion squad late in...

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A Sneak Preview: San Diego Legion 2021 Team Kits 👀

A Sneak Preview: San Diego Legion 2021 Team Kits 👀

San Diego Legion is gearing up for the 2021 season of Major League Rugby! As March 20, 2021 grows closer and the squad begins training, today, SD Legion shared a sneak preview of the designs for its 2021 home and away team kits. This is great news for eager rugby enthusiasts and novices alike, as SD Legion also launched pre-sales for its 2021 home and away replica jerseys available via sdlegion.com. Pre-order your 2021 HOME replica jersey here Pre-order your 2021 AWAY replica jersey here Next season’s team kits will feature sleek designs showcasing the notable red and black SD...

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Rugby 101: History & Introduction

Rugby 101: History & Introduction

Learn the basics of rugby! Our first edition of rugby 101 highlights the history of the sport, how it evolved from other popular American sports and rules of the game. 

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San Diego Legion re-signs Lua Lia, 2021 season

San Diego Legion re-signs Lua Lia, 2021 season

As the 2021 Major League Rugby season draws near, the San Diego Legion is creating excitement by confirming the return of another familiar player. Come March 2021, Lua Li will be wearing our red and black SD Legion colors and jersey once again.  Lua Li is a name many SD Legion fans might remember from the 2020 season; however, due to the season ending abruptly earlier this year, Lua did not have a chance to grace us with his talents on the field. Lua Li is coming to San Diego from New Zealand, where he played with former SD Legion...

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Major League Rugby Appoints Director of Youth Development

Major League Rugby Appoints Director of Youth Development

San Diego Legion is pleased to share that our very own Chief Operations Officer Guy Hagen has been appointed as Director of Youth Development by Major League Rugby.  This is another important step for MLR in growing rugby in the U.S. More details are available below...  DALLAS (October 28, 2020) – In another important step for grassroots rugby growth, MLR has appointed Guy Hagen as Director of Youth Development. Hagen currently is the Executive Director of the Legion Community Foundation and the Chief Operations Officer for San Diego Legion. A former rugby player since 1990, Hagen previously served as a...

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DIY: SD Legion Halloween Pumpkin 🎃

DIY: SD Legion Halloween Pumpkin 🎃

Show off your love for San Diego Legion and rugby this Halloween with our shield pumpkin stencil! Use the stencil below and follow the simple instructions to create your own SD Legion Halloween pumpkin.  Once you're done, post your picture on socials, tag @SDLegion and use #WeAreLegion for a chance to be featured on our social accounts. If it's easier for you, feel free to email info@sdlegion.com your pumpkin photos - we'd love to see 'em!  Follow these instructions: Print one of the images below and lay it on your pumpkin Use a thumbtack or pin along the lines of...

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Pete Malcolm re-signs with San Diego Legion for its 2021 season

Pete Malcolm re-signs with San Diego Legion for its 2021 season

The countdown is on to March 20, 2021 - the official start of Major League Rugby’s 2021 season, and the San Diego Legion roster continues to solidify. This week, SD Legion welcomes back Pete Malcolm, USA Eagle No. 505.  Pete Malcolm is not new to the MLR competition. He joined SD Legion this season after playing with the Austin Gilgronis, where his versatility and aggression on the field caught the eyes of SD Legion coaches. Paul is a player that will hit tackles, mauls and rucks consistently throughout the entire game. He plays with tireless effort, and we look forward...

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Joe Pietersen returns to San Diego Legion for 2021 season

Joe Pietersen returns to San Diego Legion for 2021 season

As the 2021 season of Major League Rugby draws near, the San Diego Legion is creating excitement as it confirms the resigning of Joe Pietersen. But wait, there’s more…Last week, SD Legion welcomed two new players to join its squad. Bjorn Basson and Cecil Afrika will be putting on red and black jerseys come March 20, 2021.  Joe Pietersen re-signs for his fourth season with San Diego. During the 2019 season, Joe was selected for the MLR First XV  at fly half. He has led the team with his tremondous experience and knowledge and with an incredibly efficient boot, is...

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San Diego Legion welcomes two new players - Bjorn Basson & Cecil Afrika

San Diego Legion welcomes two new players - Bjorn Basson & Cecil Afrika

Leading up to the start of Major League Rugby next year, the San Diego Legion is thrilled to welcome two new players to its squad. Bjorn Basson and Cecil Afrika will be putting on red and black jerseys come March 20, 2021.  Starting in 2008 with Emerging Springboks winning the IRB Nations Cup, Bjorn stood out in the competitive South African landscape. After competing against the British and Irish Lions twice in 2009 and breaking the Currie Cup record for most tries in a season, he secured his first Super Rugby contract with the Cheetahs. In 2011, Bjorn was named...

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY RELEASES 2021 SEASON LAUNCH, CHAMPIONSHIP DATE

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY RELEASES 2021 SEASON LAUNCH, CHAMPIONSHIP DATE

Today, Major League Rugby announced key dates for its 2021 season. For rugby fans in San Diego, the SD Legion is thrilled to share that the next season of MLR will officially commence on March 21, 2021** with a Championship Final on August 1, 2021. More details and the full press release is available below...   **Update: Major League Rugby announced an updated schedule to reflect Dallas Jackals postponement of its inaugural season. The San Diego Legion home opener is now slated for Saturday, March 20, 2021. ** DALLAS (September 22, 2020) — In advance of its fourth season, Major League...

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Nathan Sylvia and Tevita Tameilau return for the 2021 MLR Season

Nathan Sylvia and Tevita Tameilau return for the 2021 MLR Season

As we remember our exciting, undefeated 2020 Major League Rugby season, the San Diego Legion continues preparing for 2021 and announcing its much-anticipated roster. This week, we’re thrilled to confirm the returns of Nathan Sylvia and Tevita Tameilau. Nathan Sylvia, a Cal Poly graduate and Collegiate all-American will return for his fourth season with SD Legion. Nathan is a passionate advocate for the growth of the sport via his involvement in coaching community rugby. On the field, he is a skilled tight head prop with the ability to use his strength and power to control his opposition in the front row....

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World renowned rugby coach Eddie Jones will serve as coaching consultant for San Diego Legion

World renowned rugby coach Eddie Jones will serve as coaching consultant for San Diego Legion

SAN DIEGO, CA (Sept. 9, 2020) – San Diego Legion is excited to welcome Eddie Jones, with his extensive rugby experience, to support the team where he will consult on operations at every level – both virtually and for limited time periods on the ground in San Diego. Said Jones: “My primary commitment remains to my England duties and other international commitments, but I have a passion for growing the game of rugby. I was very impressed by the vision and ambition shown by San Diego and its ownership in delivering a professional rugby outfit with the clear aim of...

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San Diego Legion Welcomes Back Keni Nasoqeqe & Ryan Matyas

San Diego Legion Welcomes Back Keni Nasoqeqe & Ryan Matyas

As the San Diego Legion’s 2021 roster continues to take shape, two more names - Keni Nasoqeqe and Ryan Matyas - were officially added for the already threatening squad. Both are very versatile players, who have been critical to the team’s winning streaks as well as building the rugby community in Southern California. .  Keni Nasoqeqe, a hard-nosed player who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, will return as a lock and number 8 option for the SD Legion forward pack. Keni first picked up a rugby ball in Fiji, and since moving to the United States, he played an...

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Josh Thiel, Ben Mitchell and Save Totovosau set to return for 2021 season

Josh Thiel, Ben Mitchell and Save Totovosau set to return for 2021 season

As the Major League Rugby 2021 Season draws near, the San Diego Legion builds excitement as it confirms the return of more fan favorite players. This week SD Legion released the names of three additional players - Josh Thiel, Ben Mitchell, and Save Totovosau - who will be joining the ranks for next season. All three offer something unique to the squad making the San Diego Legion’s roster intimidating, to say the least.  Josh Thiel comes from a rugby family, and even at a young age, he carries a great deal of knowledge about the sport. Josh played at center...

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY TO SUPPORT XV FOUNDATION VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY TO SUPPORT XV FOUNDATION VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER

The San Diego Legion is proud to support the XV Foundation in their mission to fund the USA Women's 15s pathway to the 2021 Rugby World Cup. In addition to a monetary donation, San Diego Legion donated a signed match ball from the 2019 season to the silent auction, as part of the virtual Building the Champion Mindset event. To learn more and register for the event, visit xvf.givesmart.com. September 18 broadcast will raise funds and feature Olympic and World Cup athletes DALLAS (August 26, 2020) — With just over a year before Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021, Major League...

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San Diego Legion & Mr. Trustee Ice Cream Collaboration, August 21

San Diego Legion & Mr. Trustee Ice Cream Collaboration, August 21

Trust Restaurant Group (TRG) Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville invented two San Diego Legion-inspired ice cream flavors to celebrate the local Major League Rugby team. Several hundred fans voted for the ‘official Mr. Trustee ice cream flavor of San Diego Legion.’ Thanks to an influx of support, the winning creation – Red Velvet Ice Cream with Fudge Chocolate Brownie Bites – will be served at Mr. Trustee Creamery for a limited time, starting August 21. Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23, 202012 to 10 p.m.The specialty ice cream flavor will be available while supplies last. Plan to arrive early and...

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Siaosi Mahoni & Aaron Mitchell Re-Sign for the 2021 Season

Siaosi Mahoni & Aaron Mitchell Re-Sign for the 2021 Season

Excitement for the 2021 Major League Rugby season continues to build, and the San Diego Legion roster is shaping out to be full of threats. This week, the two names released by SD Legion were Siaosi “CC” Mahoni and Aaron Mitchell. Both players have been with SD Legion since year one and played a huge role in the team’s success on the field, especially in looking at the impact of our scrum.  Siaosi Mahoni, also known as ‘CC,’ came to us from Northern California and is a four-time HS All-American. Coming in at 6’8”, Mahoni is easily recognized by his...

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Psalm Wooching Returns to SD Legion for 2021 MLR Season

Psalm Wooching Returns to SD Legion for 2021 MLR Season

As we relive the memories of our short-lived, undefeated 2020 season, San Diego Legion continues to look ahead to 2021 and announce its new roster. This week, we’re thrilled to confirm - Psalm Wooching will be back next year. Psalm Wooching, raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, joined the San Diego Legion for its 2019 & 2020 seasons. Prior to jump starting his rugby career, Psalm was a college football star at the University of Washington, playing as Outside Linebacker for the Huskies’ defense during his tenure. Luckily for SD Legion and Major Leaguer Rugby, in 2017 Psalm chose to pursue his...

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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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