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WELCOME NEW PLAYERS!

WELCOME NEW PLAYERS!

~ Back in May, USA Rugby announced some very exciting news for San Diego Legion and the rugby community at large. Seven of our very own players were selected to play with the USA Men’s Eagles team. In light of this, Coach Rob Hoadley adjusted the roster and brought in some talented players to fill these gaps. Now, San Diego Legion invites you to welcome some new players as we strive to earn a position in the Major League Rugby Championship Series! Below are some of team’s newest players: FAKAOSI PIFELETI Hometown: Longolongo, Tonga Played for: Saracens Prop PAT O’TOOLE Hometown: Louisburgh,...

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GAME DAY EXPERIENCE: AT HOME WITH SAN DIEGO LEGION

GAME DAY EXPERIENCE: AT HOME WITH SAN DIEGO LEGION

~ What does being a part of San Diego sports history look like? At any given San Diego Legion home match, families, sports enthusiasts and community locals are invited to experience a fast-paced contact sport unlike any other. We make an effort to feature fun activities for every type of fan. ~ ~ Based on fan feedback we’ve heard this season, our team is happy to introduce more features to our game day experience. For this weekend’s match, we take on Austin Elite Rugby on Sunday, June 17th at 5 PM PT. Here’s a recap of everything that those in...

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LEGION BEAT NOLA 39-22

LEGION BEAT NOLA 39-22

~ San Diego Legion returned to winning ways with a vital winning performance against NOLA Gold, 39-22. Several San Diego Legion players were missing having been called up to play with the USA Men’s Eagles team for the summer international match series. San Diego Legion was able to take control of the match early with the young team at their disposal. ~ ~ San Diego made big hits and broke through NOLA’s defensive line several times in the opening 15 minutes, shooting out to a 15-7 lead before NOLA could truly catch their breath. Despite a tight 22-10 halftime score,...

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SAN DIEGO LEGION NAMED MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY TEAM OF THE WEEK

SAN DIEGO LEGION NAMED MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY TEAM OF THE WEEK

~ SALT LAKE CITY (June 10, 2018) – The San Diego Legion were named the Major League Rugby Team of the Week the League announced today. The Legion notched a six-try victory against the NOLA Gold on the road, earning the bonus point and securing an MLR Playoff spot during Week 8. From the opening kick, it was clear the Legion was going to use the positioning battle to win the match, and the 39-22 score resembled that. The Legion spent almost 70 percent of the match in the Gold’s territory. Glendale’s Harley Davidson earned Player of the Week honors. Davidson...

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JUNE 9TH LEGION WATCH PARTIES

JUNE 9TH LEGION WATCH PARTIES

~ Are you ready for this Saturday afternoon’s (nationally televised) away match as we take on NOLA Gold? Local San Diego establishments across the county are hosting an array of San Diego Legion Watch Parties, with fan-inspired deals available during the game just for YOU. If you can’t make it and still want to tune in, here’s how you can stream the game on Saturday at 2 PM PT. Come out, show off your SD Legion pride and support world-class rugby with America’s Finest Fans! NORTH COUNTY Park 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008 10% off all orders placed during the...

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MAY 25TH WATCH PARTIES

MAY 25TH WATCH PARTIES

~ Are you ready for this Friday evening’s (nationally televised) away match as we take on Austin Elite Rugby? Local San Diego establishments across the county are hosting an array of San Diego Legion Watch Parties, with fan-inspired deals available during the game just for YOU. If you can’t make it and still want to tune in, here’s how you can stream the game on Friday at 6 PM PT. Come out, show off your SD Legion pride and support world-class rugby with America’s Finest Fans! NORTH COUNTY Park 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008 10% off all orders placed during...

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STRONG PERFORMANCE IN GLENDALE: FINAL SCORE 27-31

STRONG PERFORMANCE IN GLENDALE: FINAL SCORE 27-31

~ San Diego Legion pushed undefeated league-leaders, Glendale Raptors, all the way to the final whistle in a thrilling 27-31 defeat in Glendale, Colorado. The Mother’s Day crowd at Glendale‘s Infinity Park witnessed one of the tightest matches of the Major League Rugby season and were treated to a display of both offensive and defensive moments of brilliance. San Diego Legion stuttered as they came out of the gate, and we quickly turned the match around thanks to a 15th minute pick-and-drive from prop forward Sione Tu’ihalamaka, who single-handedly broke through the Raptors defense for the opening try. Glendale fought back towards the...

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MAY 13TH WATCH PARTIES

MAY 13TH WATCH PARTIES

~ This weekend’s match is sure to be another thriller, as we take on the undefeated Glendale Raptor’s on their home pitch. Local San Diego establishments across the county are hosting an array of San Diego Legion Watch Parties, with cheers-worthy deals available during Sunday’s late afternoon game just for YOU. If you can’t make it and still want to tune in, here’s how you can stream the game on Sunday at 5 PM PT. Come out, show off your SD Legion pride and support world-class rugby with America’s Finest Fans! NORTH COUNTY Park 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008 10%...

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LEGION PLAYERS TO JOIN USA EAGLES

LEGION PLAYERS TO JOIN USA EAGLES

~ On May 8, USA Rugby shared some very exciting news for the San Diego Legion community and beyond. This summer, seven of our very own players (see full list below) will be competing with the USA Men’s Eagles team. This is an incredible honor. First and foremost, we extend a HUGE congratulation to each team member that was selected for this international match. Thanks to their talent, hard work, and leadership, they will be representing the USA and San Diego Legion on a global stage. Our team, specifically led by Head Coach Rob Hoadley, is committed to building a world-class rugby...

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SAN DIEGO LEGION’S ANTHONY SALABER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SAN DIEGO LEGION’S ANTHONY SALABER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

~ ALT LAKE CITY (May 6, 2018) – The Austin Elite was named Major League Rugby Team of the Week the league announced today. In their third week of regular season match play, Austin Elite Rugby notched their first win in a 30-17 victory over the NOLA Gold on Thursday evening. Austin (1-2), picked up a bonus point for scoring four tries in a match they only trailed in once en route to a win over NOLA (1-1). NOLA, coming off a Week 2 bye, took a good portion of the first half to shake off the cobwebs. Austin made...

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LEGION DEFEAT HOUSTON

LEGION DEFEAT HOUSTON

~ Friday night’s thriller at Torero Stadium was a spectacle to behold. With a raucous crowd ready to throw off the stresses of the work week, the stage was set for a match that would become an instant San Diego Legion classic. Long before San Diego drove over the try-line in the final seconds, the Houston SaberCats raced off to a quick 10-0 lead, stunning the crowd to silence. The home fans’ spirit returned quickly, as San Diego shored their defensive line and countered quickly. Our team’s breakthrough came thanks to some beautiful plays between centers JP du Plessis (#12)...

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A LETTER FROM OUR GM

A LETTER FROM OUR GM

DEAR SAN DIEGO LEGION FANS, Tomorrow is a very exciting day for San Diego Legion, as we make our national TV debut on CBS Sports Network. On behalf of the squad, coaching staff and front office, thank you for being a part of the inaugural season of Major League Rugby. We are all thrilled to make professional sports history and join America’s Finest City. Last Sunday, home opener game attendees had an opportunity to witness a very exciting, competitive match against the Utah Warriors, and we appreciate all the support in cheering us on to our first regular-season victory! We look forward...

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HOW TO WATCH THE LEGION 2018 SEASON

HOW TO WATCH THE LEGION 2018 SEASON

  ~   San Diego Legion & Major League Rugby are joining forces with different media partners and making it easier for fans to watch the team’s inaugural season. Whether on the road or playing at their home turf in Torero Stadium, here are all the ways to watch San Diego Legion: Cable Subscribers: Channel 4 San Diego or CBS Sports Network; check your local listings. Satellite Subscribers: CBS Sports Network or ESPN3 (access the ESPN app on your TV/mobile device, select your provider and stream live content for any game); check your local listings. Online: U.S. residents may live stream all games...

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RUGBY RULES EXPLAINED

RUGBY RULES EXPLAINED

  Rugby’s existence made its first debut in the town of Rugby, England, in the year 1823. Supposedly a man named William Webb Ellis was playing a casual game of association soccer, when he decided to pick up the ball and run with it toward the opposition’s goal line. The sport developed over time, leaving us with the Rugby Union, a full contact team sport traditionally played with 15 players on each side. ~ ~ ADVANTAGE LAW – Allows play to proceed after an infringement in the case of the non-offending team receiving an advantage. ATTACKING TEAM – The team in possession...

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LEGION/SABERCATS PRESEASON RECAP

LEGION/SABERCATS PRESEASON RECAP

~ TORERO STADIUM — San Diego Legion put on a strong show in their first home match against the Houston SaberCats on April 7, 2018, scoring two sweeping tries and keeping the powerful SaberCats set piece at bay for over an hour. Houston, playing their 11th preseason match to date, showed late-match stamina to take victory, but it was our team’s tenacity in the first 60 minutes that energized a boisterous legion of San Diego fans. A quick start for San Diego Legion put immediate pressure on Houston, forcing the SaberCats to concede a penalty in the third minute. San Diego fly-half, Tadhg Leader,...

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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK ANNOUNCE TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK ANNOUNCE TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP

~ First National TV Partnership in Domestic Professional Rugby Major League Rugby (MLR) and CBS Sports Network today announced an exclusive, multi-year television partnership. CBS Sports Network will televise the inaugural season of the new start-up league beginning in April, 2018, marking the first national television partnership in the history of American professional rugby. CBS Sports Network will televise a 13-game package with 10 weeks of regular season coverage – highlighted by a Major League Rugby Game of the Week – and two weeks of postseason coverage in 2018, including the semifinals and the first MLR Championship Game. “We look forward...

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SABERCATS IN TOWN SATURDAY

SABERCATS IN TOWN SATURDAY

~ Be a part of San Diego sports history and join us for our Season Preview! Come watch our Pre Season home game vs. Houston SaberCats Rugby at Torero Stadium! Location: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, California 92111 5PM Curtain Raiser with San Diego State University vs. California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) Beer Garden opens 7PM Kickoff Houston SaberCats Rugby vs San Diego Legion Giveaways, half-time fun and delicious eats will be served to fans of all ages. A ‘Meet and Greet’ with players will be hosted prior to kickoff, where fans will have an opportunity to get their SD Legion swag signed. Gather your friends and...

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FIRST EVER VICTORY FOR LEGION

FIRST EVER VICTORY FOR LEGION

AUSTIN, TX — The San Diego Legion made the most of their first-ever rugby match yesterday by earning a 32-24 win over the Austin Elite. Going on the road proved fruitful for the Legion who, despite a mid-match rally from the Elite, put on a four try display to score their first victory of the preseason. An attritional opening few minutes gave San Diego time to ease into the contest and find their feet. An early attack into Austin’s half saw the Elite pinged for infringement, giving Legion fly-half Tadhg Leader his first opportunity to kick for goal. Leader capitalized on...

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WE ARE LEGION!

WE ARE LEGION!

  We’ve been training day in and day out. In the gym and on the field. We’re ready to compete. We’re ready to play. Together, we are Legion!    

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LEGION KITS UNVEILED

LEGION KITS UNVEILED

2018 SAN DIEGO LEGION HOME & AWAY KITS!    

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RUGBY 101 BY COACH ROB

RUGBY 101 BY COACH ROB

Coach Rob’s playing career started at London Irish in 1999, spending 5 seasons with the club and winning the Powergen Cup in 2002. In 2004 Hoadley moved away from London Irish to join rivals London Wasps. During his time at London Wasps the club won the 2004-05 Zurich Premiership, 2005–06 Anglo-Welsh Cup, 2006-07 Heineken Cup, 2007–08 Guinness Premiership.

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RUGBY DEFINED: WHAT’S A SCRUM

RUGBY DEFINED: WHAT’S A SCRUM

A scrum (short for scrummage) is a method of restarting play in rugby that involves players packing closely together with their heads down and attempting to gain possession of the ball. A scrum is formed by the players who are designated forwards binding together in three rows. The scrum then ‘engages’ with the opposition team so that the players’ heads are interlocked with those of the other side’s front row. The scrum-half from the team that did not infringe then throws the ball into the tunnel created in the space between the two sets of front rowers’ legs. Both teams may then try to...

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TRAINING HAS BEGUN!

TRAINING HAS BEGUN!

April marks the inaugural season for Major League Rugby in the United States. The past few weeks we’ve been training at the Exos facility and fields up in the Carlsbad area. Our intensive work on and off the field is preparing us for game one. We’ll see you there!

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