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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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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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