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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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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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LEGION HEAD NORTH FOR SHOWDOWN WITH ARROWS

LEGION HEAD NORTH FOR SHOWDOWN WITH ARROWS

~ MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION LOOK TO EVEN SERIES IN TORONTO TORONTO – The San Diego Legion will take their five-game win streak on the road for a tough test against the Toronto Arrows on Sunday morning. San Diego will be in search for a bit of revenge when the two sides meet as Sunday’s match will be the second meeting of the season between the Legion (9-2-1) and the Arrows (6-5). The first matchup ended in a 27-20 Arrows come from behind victory back on March 10. ~ ~ After handing the Houston SaberCats a 40-19 victory and picking up five points in the table last Sunday, the Legion leapt over NOLA Gold and...

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LEGION VS. ARROWS OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY

LEGION VS. ARROWS OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY

~ Hey Legion fans, come join staff, players and the Cohort this Sunday at Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing for the Official Legion Watch Party. The party gets started at 10:00AM with a hot dog vendor and Mexican corn  right out in front, plus all beers will be $5 for the game as well as raffles and giveaways. The team takes on the Toronto Arrows with an 11AM kickoff so come early and join all the action! LOCATION 259 3rd AvenueChula Vista, California 91910(619) 271-4853 If you can’t make it over to Thr3e Punk Ales but still want to watch the game with friends check the...

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2020 LEGION SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

2020 LEGION SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

~ Season three of Major League Rugby (MLR) is here! Kicking off on February 15th, season three will deliver all the thrills of the sport you enjoy, plus so much more, showcasing the highest level of professional rugby in North America. The 16-week MLR season will feature 8 home games and 8 away games. The addition of three new teams in 2020, the New England Free Jacks, Old Glory D.C., and Rugby ATL will increase the current 9-team league to 12. San Diego Legion fans now have the opportunity to take advantage of season ticket packages for 2020, with an...

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LEGION HEAD SOUTH TO TAKE ON SABERCATS

LEGION HEAD SOUTH TO TAKE ON SABERCATS

~ MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION ON THE ROAD TO FACE HOUSTON HOUSTON – After their largest win of the season, the San Diego Legion will look to pick up their fifth straight victory when they head down to Houston for a clash with the SaberCats on Sunday evening. Since falling to the Toronto Arrows 27-20 on March 10, the Legion (8-2-1) have been on a tear. They battled to a 28-28 draw on the road with the Glendale Raptors, then rattled off four-straight wins against some of the top competition in the league. They laid down a 46-15 beating on the Raptors at home last week, their largest victory of the season,...

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LEGION VS. SABERCATS OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY

LEGION VS. SABERCATS OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY

~ Hey Legion fans, come join staff, players and the Cohort this weekend at Cali Comfort BBQ for the Official Legion Watch Party. The party gets started at 3:00 PM with food/drink specials, as well as raffles and giveaways. The team takes on the Houston Sabercats with a 4PM kickoff so come early and join the action! LOCATION 8910 Troy StreetSpring Valley , CA , 91977(619) 337-0670 If you can’t make it over to Cali Comfort BBQ but still want to watch the game with friends check the list of San Diego County watch locations HERE. If you are looking to watch the game on...

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LEGION HOST RAPTORS IN A BATTLE FOR POSITIONING

LEGION HOST RAPTORS IN A BATTLE FOR POSITIONING

~ MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION WELCOME GLENDALE RAPTORS WITH PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Legion will welcome the Glendale Raptors to town for a telling re-match on Saturday afternoon. The third-place Legion (7-2-1) hold just a three-point lead over the fourth-place Raptors (5-3-2) in the Major League Rugby table. The result of Saturday’s match between an evenly matched San Diego and Glendale side will be carry massive weight down the road as five teams continue to scrap it out for just four playoff spots. ~ ~ After putting up 45 points in their victory over Austin Elite Rugby in their last game at home, the Legion will...

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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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LEGION COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN ON THE ROAD 29-19 OVER RUNY

LEGION COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN ON THE ROAD 29-19 OVER RUNY

~ CONEY ISLAND, NY  – A gutsy, come-from-behind effort by the San Diego Legion (7-2-1) at MCU Park Sunday afternoon resulted in a 29-19 defeat of Rugby United New York (7-2), the team’s fourth unbeaten match on the road during the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Captain Joe Pietersen iced the cake in the last five minutes to create the 10-point gap and take away RUNY’s would-be bonus point in a heated race for MLR Playoffs position. Conor Kearns, Paddy Ryan, and Save Totovosau scored tries at pivotal moments in the match as San Diego ended the host’s five-match winning streak. The Legion improve to 3-0-1 away from Torero Stadium,...

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LEGION LOOK TO LEVEL SERIES IN NEW YORK

LEGION LOOK TO LEVEL SERIES IN NEW YORK

~ MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION TRAVEL TO THE BIG APPLE FOR CLASH WITH RUNY BROOKLYN – After a convincing 45-15 victory over Austin Elite Rugby, the San Diego Legion hit the road to take on third-place Rugby United New York on Sunday in what could be their biggest match of the season so far. The Legion (6-2-1) will have to get through an incredibly tough RUNY (7-1) squad as they fight to climb their way back up the Major League Rugby table and back into one of the four playoff spots. Sunday’s match will be the second time this season that the Legion and RUNY meet. The first meeting,...

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LEGION VS. RUNY OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY

LEGION VS. RUNY OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY

~ Come join Legion fans, staff, players and the Cohort this weekend at WONDERLAND Ocean Pub to catch all the action live starting at 10:00AM. The team takes on Rugby United New York and San Diego Legion Supporters will receive 15% off all food and drink during the game as well as chances to win prizes. LOCATION 5083 Santa Monica Ave #2CSan Diego, CA 92107(619)-255-3358 If you can’t make it over to Wonderland but still want to watch the game with friends check the list of San Diego County watch loctions HERE. If you are looking to watch the game on TV or live stream click HERE for more...

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MLR GROWTH CONTINUES WITH SEASON 3 EXPANSION

MLR GROWTH CONTINUES WITH SEASON 3 EXPANSION

Salt Lake City, Utah; April 11, 2019: Major League Rugby today announced a revamped, expanded format for its 2020 season, with three new big market teams, a two-conference system and 101 elite matches set to give North American sports fans unprecedented access to professional rugby in MLR Season 3. Bringing the total number of MLR teams to 12, the three new teams are the New England Free Jacks; Old Glory DC, in Washington D.C.; and Atlanta’s Rugby ATL. For Season 3 the 12 teams will be divided into the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference comprises Austin, Houston,...

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LEGION WELCOME AUSTIN ELITE RUGBY

LEGION WELCOME AUSTIN ELITE RUGBY

MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION WELCOME AUSTIN ELITE RUGBY TO TOWN FOR PRIMETIME TILT SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Legion will look to extend their point streak to three matches when they welcome Austin Elite Rugby to Torero Stadium on Sunday night. After handing the defending Major League Rugby champion Seattle Seawolves their first home loss of the 2019 season and just their second home loss in the last two seasons, the Legion (5-2-1) will look to build on that momentum back at home against an Elite (0-9) side that is trending upwards. BRING OUT THE BROOMS The Legion are looking for the season sweep over the Elite as Sunday night’s match...

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FLEET TICKET EXCHANGE

FLEET TICKET EXCHANGE

WITH THE UNFORTUNATE NEWS RELATED TO THE CLOSURE OF THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL (AAF), INCLUDING OUR HOMETOWN SAN DIEGO FLEET, WE WANTED TO EXTEND OUR SUPPORT WITH AN EXCLUSIVE INVITATION. ALL SD FLEET FANS THAT ARE CURRENT TICKET HOLDERS CAN EXCHANGE THESE FOR A TICKET TO EXPERIENCE MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY. The San Diego Legion will honor all Fleet tickets issued for the April 14th game for entrance to one of the remaining Legion games this season. 04/07: vs. Austin Elite 04/20: vs. Glendale Raptors 06/02: vs. New Orleans Gold “It was great to finally have professional football back in San Diego,” said Ashley Otte, GM...

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OFFICIAL SAN DIEGO LEGION ROAD TRIP TO NOLA

OFFICIAL SAN DIEGO LEGION ROAD TRIP TO NOLA

JOIN US ON THE OFFICIAL SAN DIEGO LEGION ROAD TRIPTO NEW ORLEANS – MAY 10TH-12TH This exclusive 2-night package will give our most loyal fans and season ticket holders a chance to enjoy RUGBY and party LOUISIANA style! All interested fans can sign up for the trip on the form below. Your personal account executive will contact you directly for further registration details and payment. PACKAGES STARTING AT $399 + Friday and Saturday night hotel stay in a selected 4* hotel DOWNTOWN. All Legion season ticket holders and fans will be staying in the same hotel. Base pricing is based on...

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2ND ANNUAL YOGA ON THE PITCH

2ND ANNUAL YOGA ON THE PITCH

THIS SUNDAY!! BRING YOUR PRACTICE TO THE PITCH! The 2nd Annual Yoga on the Pitch takes place on April 7th 5:30-6:30PM. All participants will be entered to win a brand new @lululemon yoga mat  or a head to toe outfit fitting at lululemon Fashion Valley ! To purchase: CLICK HERE Already have your game tickets? Contact tickets@sdlegion.com to upgrade to Yoga on the Pitch or click the link below. To upgrade: CLICK HERE Join the San Diego Legion and, our supporting partners, for a unique yoga experience. Led by lululemon ambassador, Sophia Da Silva Hopson, this one hour session will take place on the same pitch that will...

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LEGION ON THE ROAD TO TEST SEAWOLVES

LEGION ON THE ROAD TO TEST SEAWOLVES

MATCH PREVIEW: DEFENDING MLR TITLE HOLDERS SEATTLE SEAWOLVES (5-2) HOST4-2-1 LEGION, SUNDAY AT 5PM SEATTLE – Defending Major League Rugby title holders Seattle Seawolves (5-2) host the 2019 reverse fixture against the San Diego Legion (4-2-1) Sunday, March 31, at Starfire Stadium. Three points ahead of the Legion in the League table, the Seawolves dropped the Week 2 meeting at Torero Stadium in a wet match more fit for the Pacific Northwest. The Week 10 match’s kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT, with the live broadcast available locally on Fox 5 and online on ESPN+. PUSH TO SHOVE Since the campaign’s first loss in San Diego and...

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ENTER THE LEGION MARCH MADNESS CONTEST

ENTER THE LEGION MARCH MADNESS CONTEST

CALLING ALL LEGION FANS! Cohort as one as we support college basketball and the coveted March Madness Tournament. Fans are encouraged to enter and compete for a chance to win prizes, Legion swag, and bragging rights. Go head-to-head against other sport enthusiasts, Legion front office members, and LEGION players! Rules: One bracket per entry, all brackets must be submitted by no later than Thursday, March 21st at 9:00am PST! Create your ESPN account for free on the espn.com website. ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:   Grand Prize: Four tickets to April 20th, Four Tee’s, and Four Hat Second Place: Four tickets to April 20th, Four Tee’s Third Place:...

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LEGION, RAPTORS BATTLE TO A DRAW

LEGION, RAPTORS BATTLE TO A DRAW

DENVER – One of the best matches of Major League Rugby’s second season ended in a 28-28 draw. If Saturday night’s match between the San Diego Legion and Glendale Raptors was a boxing match, it was a 12-round brawl between two prizefighters. Both Glendale (3-2-2) and San Diego (4-2-1) had their chances to win the match, and each time the opponent countered with a big defensive stand, a try or by flipping the territory to completely turn the momentum around. Clinging to a seven-point lead in stoppage time, the Raptors defense, deep in their own territory, stuffed the Legion a handful of times in an...

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LEGION TRAVEL TO SNOWY DENVER TO FACE GLENDALE

LEGION TRAVEL TO SNOWY DENVER TO FACE GLENDALE

MATCH PREVIEW: 4-2 LEGION TO FACE 3-2-1 RAPTORS AT 6PM PST   DENVER – Winter has not subsided in Colorado, where the San Diego Legion (4-2) look to get back to winning ways against a strengthened Glendale Raptors (3-2-1) outfit Saturday, March 16, at Infinity Park. Just one point separates the two teams in the Major League Rugby standings, where the Legion are right behind the Week 8 hosts in fourth place. For those not expecting to brave the below-freezing temperatures in Colorado, Saturday’s match will be streamed live online at 9News.com. Live match updates will also be provided by the @SDLegion Twitter account. The Toronto Arrows snapped the four-match win...

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LEGION WIN STREAK ENDS WITH 20-27 UPSET

LEGION WIN STREAK ENDS WITH 20-27 UPSET

SAN DIEGO – Two quick strikes and a 24-0 second-half run by the Toronto Arrows (3-3) disappointed the home crowd at Torero Stadium as the San Diego Legion’s four-match win streak came to an end Sunday, 27-20. Holder of Major League Rugby’s best try-scoring defense through six weeks of play, the Legion (4-2) conceded three in 15 minutes in the second half after holding sway through the first 40 minutes. Captain Joe Pietersen converted both Legion tries and sent over a penalty goal and a drop goal to keep pace with the League’s top point scorers at 56. ~ “We certainly hurt ourselves with our lack of discipline that actually...

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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 AND SD BLOOD BANK PARTNER IN MARCH

LEGION AND SD BLOOD BANK PARTNER IN MARCH

SAN DIEGO LEGION AND SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK PARTNER TO GIFT BLOOD DONORS IN MARCH SAN DIEGO (March 1, 2019)–The San Diego Blood Bank and the San Diego Legion Major League Rugby Club are teaming up to give blood donors an opportunity to experience San Diego’s new rugby team in action. Starting on March 6 and while supplies last, anyone who donates blood at any San Diego Blood Bank donor center will receive a voucher which can be redeemed for a complimentary pair of tickets to the Legion’s “Give Blood, Get Rugby” home game at Torero Stadium at on April 7. “We are proud to partner...

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3.10 LEGION VS. TORONTO ARROWS GAME PREVIEW

3.10 LEGION VS. TORONTO ARROWS GAME PREVIEW

MATCH PREVIEW: ARROWS IN TOWN TO FACE LEGION FOR FIRST TIME SAN DIEGO – The 4-1 San Diego Legion returns to Torero Stadium Sunday, March 10 – 21 days since the last home game – for the first Major League Rugby meeting with 2019 newcomers Toronto Arrows (2-3). Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. PT. The Legion, while recuperating from five consecutive match weeks on a Week 6 bye, saw NOLA Gold reclaim top spot in the League standings from home. Still two points ahead of third-place Seattle Seawolves, Head Coach Rob Hoadley’s crew is just three points behind the leaders with a superior...

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LEGION GAIN FIRST AWAY VICTORY 45-17 OVER AUSTIN

LEGION GAIN FIRST AWAY VICTORY 45-17 OVER AUSTIN

ROUND ROCK, Texas – Four tries scored in the first half kicked off a six-try outburst for the San Diego Legion (4-1) Friday night in a 45-17 win over host Austin Elite Rugby (0-5). San Diego now tops the Major League Rugby standings on 18 points with the bonus point victory. The current League leaders have conceded only five tries on their four-match win streak. The Legion will benefit from their first bye of the season having played five matches in a row but didn’t show signs of fatigue in the blitz of Austin. “Difficult to pick out individuals as everyone contributed,” Head Coach Rob Hoadley said. “It is the...

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2.22 LEGION VS. ELITE RUGBY GAME PREVIEW

2.22 LEGION VS. ELITE RUGBY GAME PREVIEW

MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION TRAVEL TO TEXAS TO FACE AUSTIN ELITE RUGBY ROUND ROCK, Texas – Leaving the (not-so-recently) sunny confines of Southern California for the first time this season, the San Diego Legion (3-1) will take to Dell Diamond Friday night riding a three-match win streak. A winless Austin Elite awaits following four consecutive home disappointments on a converted baseball field to open the 2019 Major League Rugby fixture list. It’s the third Friday match for the team that fell to Glendale Raptors Sunday, not long after the Legion had seen out a 21-10 win over Utah Warriors at Torero Stadium. Despite the 0-4 record, Austin...

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LEGION DEFEAT WARRIORS 21-10 TO GO 3-1

LEGION DEFEAT WARRIORS 21-10 TO GO 3-1

SAN DIEGO – Another wet match day at Torero Stadium resulted in a third consecutive San Diego Legion Major League Rugby victory Sunday as Head Coach Rob Hoadley’s squad defeated the visiting Utah Warriors, 21-10. Captain Joe Pietersen set both JP du Plessis and 20-year-old Devin Short away for first-half tries and connected on four of five kicks as the Legion snagged the lead and held onto it until the final whistle. San Diego remains in second in the League table on 13 points behind NOLA Gold ahead of the first away match of the season at Austin Elite this...

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NIKE LEGION RUGBY CAMPS, SAN DIEGO

NIKE LEGION RUGBY CAMPS, SAN DIEGO

IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN AT NIKE RUGBY CAMPS       Watch Video ⟶ Join some of the most dedicated rugby coaches and players this country has to offer at our youth rugby camp in San Diego, CA. Our experienced staff of current and former professional and national team players provides top-notch training for seasoned and new players alike. New in 2019, Nike Rugby Camps is joining forces with San Diego Legion to provide our campers the chance to train with some of the nation’s top rugby talent. Led by veteran Nike Camp Director, Ethan Willis, and Legion Academy Director,...

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LEGION VS. WARRIORS MATCH PREVIEW

LEGION VS. WARRIORS MATCH PREVIEW

Join us for a 2:00PM kick off as the @sdlegion battle the @warriorsrugbyofficial from Torero Stadium. It’s “INTERNATIONAL RUGBY DAY” so wear your favorite team’s colors. #WeAreLegion #SDLegion #LegionNation #MLRugby #SanDiego #SanDiegoRugby #SDLvUTA GET TICKETS HERE MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION HOST UTAH IN WEEK 4 One of four teams to have played each week of the young 2019 MLR season, the San Diego Legion (2-1) concludes a four-game homestand Saturday, Feb. 17, as 2018 Semifinalists Utah Warriors (1-0) visit Torero Stadium for “International Rugby Day.” Fans around the country can watch the 2 p.m. PT kickoff live on ESPN+. The Warriors, like first-year Rugby United New York, have played just one regular season game...

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LEGION STEAL LAST MINUTE VICTORY OVER SABERCATS

LEGION STEAL LAST MINUTE VICTORY OVER SABERCATS

The San Diego Legion needed all 80 minutes of Saturday night’s match against the Houston SaberCats to come out with a victory. Houston (1-1) managed to hold a lead over San Diego (2-1) for 78 minutes of the match, but the defiant Legion kept applying pressure and the SaberCats’ stout defense eventually cracked resulting in a 17-13 San Diego victory in the final minutes. Saturday night’s match really wasn’t so much a tale of two halves as it was the definition of a slow and steady climb for the Legion. Battling a SaberCats team with a lead is difficult enough...

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LEGION VS. SABERCATS FEBRUARY 9TH

LEGION VS. SABERCATS FEBRUARY 9TH

~ Join us as the Legion take on the Houston SaberCats this Saturday 2/9/2019. Kick off is at 7:00PM at Torero Stadium. It’s “WAY BACK SATURDAY” so be sure to wear your favorite throwback gear.

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LEGION SINK SEAWOLVES IN RARE MONSOON CONDITIONS

LEGION SINK SEAWOLVES IN RARE MONSOON CONDITIONS

~ San Diego – Amid a torrential downpour, a muddy and slick pitch, and a slippery ball, the San Diego Legion delivered a fantastic victory over reigning Major League Rugby champions, the Seattle Seawolves. Through the leadership of former Australia international Paddy Ryan in the forwards and the elusive running of Mike Te’o and Jasa Veremalua in the back’s, San Diego was able to hold onto victory despite Seattle’s late comeback attempt ~ The pitch, already slick with mud at the start of the match, forced plenty of handling errors in the opening 25 minutes as the two sides settled into...

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RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK SNAG SEASON OPENER

RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK SNAG SEASON OPENER

~ San Diego – San Diego Legion opened the 2019 Major League Rugby with plenty of positives as they dropped their first match of the season to Rugby United New York in a tight 23-25 affair at Torero Stadium. With a strong crowd in attendance boosting the home side, San Diego surged in the second half in an attempt to overcome the first half deficit, ultimately coming up just short of the mark. MLR’s newcomers came out of the gate with fiery pace. Moving the ball while to the wings with speed and precision, New York stretch the San Diego defense...

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SEASON OPENS AS LEGION FACE RUNY JANUARY 27TH

SEASON OPENS AS LEGION FACE RUNY JANUARY 27TH

~ Hey San Diego, who’s ready for some RUGBY! The 2019 season kick-off is just 3 days away. Get your tickets today as your San Diego Legion take on Rugby United New York. Buy Your Tickets Today!!!. Tickets available online or at the gate.

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RYAN MATYAS RE-SIGNS WITH LEGION

RYAN MATYAS RE-SIGNS WITH LEGION

~ We are excited to announce the re-signing of US National Team member @ryanmatyas1 back to our #squad. We’re only 40 days away from the opening game against @rugbyunitedny and Ryan and crew are getting fired up for the season.

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY 2019 SCHEDULE

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY 2019 SCHEDULE

~ SALT LAKE CITY Major League Rugby (MLR) announced today the 2019 season schedule will be released Wednesday, November 7. The announcement comes shortly after the recent addition of the Toronto Arrows, who will compete in year two of MLR. “We’re pleased to release our 2019 schedule,” said Major League Rugby Commissioner, Dean Howes. “The pace and delivery will be unmatched as nine elite teams take the pitch in January to compete over the course of 19 weeks.” The excitement launches the weekend of January 26 with a thrilling repeat of the MLR Championship: Glendale at Seattle. The Seawolves edged the...

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2018 SAN DIEGO LEGION MLR INAUGURAL SEASON RECAP

2018 SAN DIEGO LEGION MLR INAUGURAL SEASON RECAP

~ It ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward…’ – Rocky Balboa Thank you for a great inaugural season, San Diego. We’re amped to have made it this far; it is ONLY the beginning. More importantly, we are proud to have been a part of the first season of Major League Rugby and excited to see the strides made for professional rugby in the United States. For more information on the MLR Championship Game hosted here in San Diego, scroll down. Check...

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OFFICIAL WATCH PARTIES IN SAN DIEGO

OFFICIAL WATCH PARTIES IN SAN DIEGO

~ We made it to Major League Rugby Championship Series, San Diego! Finishing the regular season in MLR’s #3 seed, San Diego Legion is heading to the MLR Playoffs, a doubleheader, single-elimination event that will kickoff on Saturday, June 30 in Glendale, CO at Infinity Park. San Diego Legion takes on the Seattle Seawolves (#2 seed team) beginning at 4 p.m. PT, and official watch parties will be showing the match throughout San Diego. Show your support by sporting your Legion gear and enjoy special food & beverage specials specifically for America’s Finest Fans. MLR PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE: Semifinal 1, 4 p.m. PDT, Infinity Park: Seattle Seawolves vs. San Diego Legion Semifinal 2, 6:30 p.m. PDT,...

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HOME REGULAR SEASON FINALE

HOME REGULAR SEASON FINALE

~ We look to defend our at-home winning streak against the undefeated Glendale Raptors on Saturday, June 23. Plus, it’s the final match of Major League Rugby’s inaugural season! Good news: We’ve already secured a spot in the MLR Playoffs, so there’s A LOT to celebrate in America’s Finest City on Saturday night! Come out and cheer on your San Diego Legion at Torero Stadium. Gates open: 6:30 PM* Kick off: 7:30 PM PT ~ ~ ONLINE TICKET DEALS Yoga on the Pitch (Enjoy a one-hour pregame yoga session on the pitch led by lululemon ambassador Sophia Da Silva Hopson, a general admission ticket to the night’s match,...

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SAN DIEGO LEGION SECURES A SPOT IN THE INAUGURAL MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

SAN DIEGO LEGION SECURES A SPOT IN THE INAUGURAL MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

~ San Diego takes on the Seattle Seawolves, June 30, for postseason match SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 27, 2018) – San Diego is making sports history! Major League Rugby (MLR) launched its inaugural season in the United States this year, with San Diego Legion making big moves for the newly-formed professional sports league and American Rugby. Finishing the regular season in MLR’s #3 seed, San Diego Legion has secured a spot in the MLR Championship Series. This grand, first-ever event will kickoff with the MLR Playoffs on Saturday, June 30 in Glendale, CO at Infinity Park. San Diego Legion will take on the Seattle Seawolves (#2 seed team)...

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LEGION DEFEAT UNDEFEATED RAPTORS, 23-5

LEGION DEFEAT UNDEFEATED RAPTORS, 23-5

~ San Diego Legion put in a ferocious performance against the league-leading, undefeated Glendale Raptors on Saturday night. Glendale was kept scoreless through 78 minutes of the match, and San Diego earned a 23-5 victory in their Major League Rugby regular season finale. Another great crowd turned out to Torero Stadium for Women’s Appreciation Night, lifting San Diego Legion to a dominating offensive and defensive display of rugby. The match immediately began with San Diego having possession as scrum-half Nick Boyer, and SD Legion forwards pushing back the Glendale defense deep into their half. In the 3rd minute the referee penalized Glendale Raptors for illegal rucking, giving San...

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LEGION SECURE SPOT IN PLAYOFFS WITH WIN OVER AUSTIN

LEGION SECURE SPOT IN PLAYOFFS WITH WIN OVER AUSTIN

~ The San Diego Legion clinched a spot in the Major League Rugby Championship Series yesterday with a fantastic win over the Austin Elite Rugby. The large Father’s Day crowd (nearly 3,000 people in attendance) at Torero Stadium pushed the Legion to a 3-try performance that made up for San Diego‘s defeat in Austin just a few weeks ago.   San Diego Legion dominated possession in the match from the very beginning, keeping the ball through several offensive phases per possession and forcing Austin to commit turnovers early and often. Austin‘s defense gave up a penalty deep in their own half just...

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