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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 20, 2021 with a Championship Final on August 1, 2021. More details and the full press release is available below...    DALLAS (September 22, 2020) — In advance of its fourth season, Major League Rugby today announced its 2021 season will start with matches on March 20, 2021 and will continue for 18 weeks of regular season action. Thirteen teams spread across North America will...

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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SAN DIEGO BOLSTER SQUAD WITH EAGLES DUO

SAN DIEGO BOLSTER SQUAD WITH EAGLES DUO

~ SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Legion will bolster their Major League Rugby squad with a pair of USA internationals for the playoff run-in. Fly-half Will Holder and tighthead prop Dino Waldren are set to be included on the team’s roster for Sunday’s match against the Toronto Arrows. Holder, 28, was part of the Seattle Seawolves team that claimed the inaugural MLR title in 2018 though he missed out on the final due to injury. The US Army officer is currently part of the World Class Athlete Program at Chula Vista. He is a capped international in both 7s and XVs for the USA. Adding impressive depth to an already strong front row corps...

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NEWFRONT INSURANCE PARTNERS WITH LEGION TO SUPPORT NICK BOYER

NEWFRONT INSURANCE PARTNERS WITH LEGION TO SUPPORT NICK BOYER

The San Diego Legion, announces the addition of NewFront Insurance as a supporting partner this season. “We’re couldn’t be more excited to partner with San Diego Legion this season,” said Anna Beach, COO of Newfront Insurance. “As one of the founding teams in Major League Rugby, the only professional league in N. America, all of us at Newfront Insurance are thrilled to be part of the rugby community at-large.”   “As part of our partnership this season we’re focused on developing a close relationship with one player specifically to provide additional support. A Northern California native, and USA Eagle, Nick Boyer is the perfect match,” added Beach. “Our business shares...

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JORDAN MANIHERA SIGNS WITH THE LEGION

JORDAN MANIHERA SIGNS WITH THE LEGION

SAN DIEGO – Kiwi blindside flanker (6) Jordan Manihera has signed a professional contract with the San Diego Legion of Major League Rugby. The 25-year-old wrapped up a 2018 Mitre 10 Cup promotion campaign with Waikato Rugby Union in October and has been integrated into the Legion system by the coaching staff throughout 2019. An Auckland native, Manihera is in contention for selection to the Week 7 matchup with the Toronto Arrows on March 10 at Torero Stadium. “I have enjoyed a solid week of training and am grateful for being coached under Rob Hoadley, Scott Murray, and Zack Test,” Manihera said....

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LEGION KITS UNVEILED

LEGION KITS UNVEILED

2018 SAN DIEGO LEGION HOME & AWAY KITS!    

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