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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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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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San Diego Legion names Ian Gibbons, Head of Athletic Performance

San Diego Legion names Ian Gibbons, Head of Athletic Performance

San Diego, CA (Oct. 29, 2020) - San Diego Legion is pleased to welcome Ian Gibbons as the new Head of Athletic Performance. In collaboration with SD Legion co-head coaches Scott Murray and Zack Test, Ian will oversee physical preparation and player development for the Major League Rugby (MLR) team. Comments from SD Legion Executive Chairman Darren Gardner on hiring Ian Gibbons as Head of Athletic Performance:“We are building a world-class organization for our players and fans to be proud of. Player performance is a key part of this, as rugby is a very physical sport, and Ian will have...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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