Major League Rugby Round 1 Preview

Major League Rugby Round 1 Preview

The opening match of the fourth season of Major League Rugby will see San Diego Legion, who are coming off an unbeaten campaign, welcome Rugby United New York in Las Vegas. 

San Diego enters the 2021 season after their brief but undefeated record in 2020, while Rugby United New York start the season with a new coach in Marty Veale following the departure of Greg McWilliams.


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San Diego Legion

San Diego Legion

Rugby United New York

Rugby United New York

LA Giltinis vs New England Free Jacks

LA Giltinis vs New England Free Jacks will kick off the second match 30 minutes later at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Giltinis have internationally-recognized stars in their matchday 23, with Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, and DTH van der Merwe adorning the backline while Dave Dennis will lead the side out as captain.

LA Giltinis

New England Free Jacks

Rugby ATL Vs Toronto Arrows

Rugby ATL Vs Toronto Arrows becomes the third clash of the season.

Toronto Arrows welcomed former Wales and Lions coach Rob Howley as an assistant coach, while Scott Lawrence records his second year in charge of Rugby ATL.

The Atlanta team will be lead by Canadian flanker Matt Heaton, who will share the duties with Ryan Nell once the South Africa Sevens international recovers fully from a knee injury suffered in Super Rugby.

Rugby ATL

Toronto Arrows

Houston Sabercats Vs Seattle Seawolves

The only team to have lifted the MLR Shield, Seawolves will be hosted by Sabercats at Aveva Stadium in Houston.

Kees Lensing is the fifth Head Coach hired by Seattle in three years, and will be without his assistant Phil Mack this season.

Houston team TBC

Seattle Seawolves

Austin Gilgronis Rugby Vs Utah Warriors

The Warriors have welcomed two World Cup Americans in the form of tighthead prop Paul Mullen and fullback Mike Te’o. 

Austin Gilgronis Rugby

Utah Warriors

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