Rugby ATL

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Rugby ATL
Rugby ATL logo.png
Founded2018
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Ground(s) Lupo Family Field
Coach(es) Scott Lawrence (head)
Blake Bradford (forwards)
Nese Malifa (backs)
Matt Dallow (athlete development)
Santiago Sodini (team manager)
League(s) Major League Rugby
Official website
www.rugbyatl.rugby

Rugby ATL is a professional rugby union team in Major League Rugby (MLR) from Atlanta, Georgia, that began play in 2020.

History

On September 21, 2018, Major League Rugby announced that Atlanta was one of the expansion teams joining the league for the 2020 season. [1] The team name Rugby ATL was revealed on February 26, 2019. [2]

Sponsorship

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019 Canterbury TBA
2020–present Paladin Sports

Roster

Squad for 2020 season [3]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Neethling Gericke Hooker South Africa South Africa
Amro Gouda Hooker United States United States
Alex Maughan Hooker United States United States
Jamie Ferrante Prop United States United States
Cronan Gleeson Prop Ireland Ireland
Chance Wenglewski Prop United States United States
Julian Montes Prop United States United States
Sam Chaney Prop United States United States
Duane Aholelei Prop Tonga Tonga
Conor Keys Lock Canada Canada
Harry Higgins Lock United States United States
Johan Momson Lock South Africa South Africa
Stefan Willemse Lock South Africa South Africa
Marno Redelinghuys Flanker South Africa South Africa
Jason Damm Flanker United States United States
Paris Hollis Flanker United States United States
Frederick Henry-Ajudua Flanker United States United States
Matt Heaton Flanker Canada Canada
Maciu Koroi Number 8 United States United States
Bill Fukofuka Number 8 Tonga Tonga
Ross Deacon Number 8 United States United States
Vili Helu Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Duncan Van Schalkwyk Scrum-half United States United States
Kurtis Werner Scrum-half United States United States
Eamonn Mathews Scrum-half United States United States
Kurt Coleman Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Zac Mizell Fly-half United States United States
Martini Talapusi Centre United States United States
Zach Young Centre United States United States
Ryan Nell Centre South Africa South Africa
Sean Coughlan Centre Ireland Ireland
Jeremy Misailegalu Wing United States United States
Harley Wheeler Wing United States United States
Harley Davidson Wing United States United States
Austin White Wing United States United States
Zander Van Schalkwyk Fullback United States United States
Rory van Vugt Fullback New Zealand New Zealand
  • Senior 15's and senior 7's internationally capped players in bold
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to five overseas players per match

2019 – 404 Rugby

Rugby ATL started with a developmental side, called 404 Rugby. From September to November 2019, 404 Rugby played exhibition matches against Mystic River, NYAC, Old Blue, and Life University. [4]

2019 roster

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Alex Maughan Hooker United States United States
Amro Gouda Hooker United States United States
Barrington McNutt Hooker United States United States
Sam Chaney Prop United States United States
Nick Towns Prop United States United States
Cullen Barelka Prop United States United States
Sam Peri Lock United States United States
Michael Young Lock United States United States
Paris Hollis Flanker United States United States
Josh Rieser Flanker United States United States
Andre Potgieter Flanker South Africa South Africa
Lordan Hinojosa Flanker United States United States
Marthinus van Zyl Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Player Position Union
Kurtis Werner Scrum-half United States United States
Sam Christmann Scrum-half United States United States
Lucas Baistrocchi Fly-half United States United States
Ryan Britain Centre United States United States
Martini Talapusi Centre United States United States
Richard Shore Centre United States United States
Drew Moyes Wing United States United States
Eamonn Mathews Wing United States United States
Sam Trammel Wing United States United States
Tom Wallace Wing United States United States
John Truax Wing United States United States
Robert Mattison Fullback South Africa South Africa

2019 season

All games in the 2019 season were exhibition games and did not count in the MLR standings.

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
September 7 Mystic River Away Pine Banks 50-25
September 14 Old Blue Home Lupo Family Field 45-6
September 28 New York Athletic Club Away Travers Island 42-17
October 5 Life University Away Lupo Family Field 22-21
October 12 New Orleans Away Gretna Park 55-24
October 19 Old Blue Away Columbia Soccer Stadium 17-25
November 2 New York Athletic Club Home Lupo Family Field 66-7
November 9 Life University Home Lupo Family Field 30-18

2020 season

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to fears surrounding the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic. [5] It was cancelled the following week [6]

Regular season

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
February 9 Utah Warriors Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Won, 28–19
February 16 New Orleans Gold Away Gold Mine Won, 22–10
February 23 Rugby United New York Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Lost, 19–22
March 1 Toronto Arrows Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Lost, 18–28
March 8 Old Glory DC Away Cardinal Stadium Lost, 29–31
March 22 New England Free Jacks Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Cancelled
March 28 Austin Gilgronis Away Round Rock Multipurpose Complex Cancelled
April 5 New Orleans Gold Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Cancelled
April 10 Rugby United New York Away MCU Park Cancelled
April 19 Toronto Arrows Away Lamport Stadium Cancelled
April 26 San Diego Legion Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Cancelled
May 2 Colorado Raptors Away Infinity Park Cancelled
May 10 Seattle Seawolves Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Cancelled
May 17 Old Glory DC Home Life University Running Eagles Stadium Cancelled
May 23 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium Cancelled
May 30 New England Free Jacks Away Union Point Sports Complex Cancelled

References

  1. ^ "Major League Rugby confirms Boston and Atlanta for 2020 - Americas Rugby News". www.americasrugbynews.com. September 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "ATLANTA'S NEW MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY TEAM PICKS A NAME". USMLR.com. February 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com.
  4. ^ "Schedule".
  5. ^ Anonymous, "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS," www.majorleague.rugby, March 12, 2020 Retrieved March 14, 2020
  6. ^ "Major League Rugby cancels remainder of 2020 campaign". Yahoo! Sports. AFP. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.

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