2019 Major League Rugby season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
2019 Major League Rugby season
CountriesUnited States (8 teams)
Canada (1 team)
DateJanuary 26 – June 16
ChampionsSeattle Seawolves
(2nd title)
Runners-upSan Diego Legion
Matches played75
Attendance159,941
(average 2,133 per match)
Highest attendance6,000
San Diego v Seattle (16th June 2019)
Lowest attendance578
Austin v San Diego (22nd February 2019)
Top point scorerBrock Staller (223)
Top try scorerJohn Ryberg & Dylan Fawsitt (13)
Official website
www.usmlr.com
← 2018
2020 →

The 2019 Major League Rugby season was the second season of Major League Rugby, the professional rugby union competition sanctioned by USA Rugby. The regular season began on January 26 and concluded on June 2.[1]

Two teams made their debut in 2019, the Toronto Arrows[2] and Rugby United New York.[3] The Seattle Seawolves won the championship for the second consecutive season, defeating the San Diego Legion 26-23 on June 16.

Teams[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Stadium Capacity
Austin Elite France Alain Hyardet Ireland Ben Mitchell Dell Diamond 11,500
Glendale Raptors United States David Williams United States Shaun Davies Infinity Park 5,000
Houston SaberCats Ireland Justin Fitzpatrick (to 2 May 2019)
United States Paul Emerick (interim from 3 May 2019)
United States Matt Trouville Aveva Stadium
Constellation Field
Dyer Stadium[a]
4,000
7,500
6,000
New Orleans Gold Australia Nate Osborne Canada Eric Howard Gold Stadium 3,000
Rugby United New York United States Mike Tolkin United States Mike Petri MCU Park 7,000
San Diego Legion England Rob Hoadley South Africa Joe Pietersen Torero Stadium 6,000
Seattle Seawolves New Zealand Richie Walker
Canada Phil Mack
United States Shalom Suniula Starfire Stadium 3,800
Toronto Arrows Canada Chris Silverthorn Canada Dan Moor Alumni Field
Lamport Stadium
3,500
9,600
Utah Warriors New Zealand Alf Daniels New Zealand Tim O'Malley Zions Bank Stadium 5,000

Notes:

  1. ^ The Houston SaberCats played their first four games of the 2019 season at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. All remaining home games were planned to be played at Aveva Stadium, however due to the state of the turf after the first match there, the next home match was moved to Dyer Stadium. All home matches after that were played at AVEVA Stadium.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season was expanded from ten weeks in 2018 to nineteen weeks for 2019, with each team playing 16 matches.

Standings[edit]

The standings for the 2019 Major League Rugby regular season are:

Major League Rugby
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts
1 San Diego Legion 16 12 1 3 457 296 +161 8 3 61
2 Seattle Seawolves 16 11 1 4 498 407 +91 10 2 58
3 Toronto Arrows 16 11 0 5 472 362 +110 9 4 57
4 Rugby United New York 16 11 0 5 411 320 +91 7 3 54
5 New Orleans Gold 16 9 0 7 463 403 +60 11 6 53
6 Glendale Raptors 16 7 2 7 456 463 −7 10 1 43
7 Houston SaberCats 16 6 0 10 345 496 −151 5 1 30
8 Utah Warriors 16 2 2 12 381 517 −136 4 5 21
9 Austin Elite 16 0 0 16 263 482 −219 2 3 5
Updated: June 2, 2019

Source: [1]

Four points for a win, two for a draw, and no points for a bye.
One bonus point for scoring four or more tries (TB).
One bonus point for losing by seven or less (LB).
 • Teams 1 to 4 (Green background) at the end of the regular season qualify for the semifinals.

Matches[edit]

The following are the matches for the 2019 Major League Rugby regular season:

Home ╲ Away AUS GLE HOU NOLA RUNY SAN SEA TOR UTA
Austin Elite 13–24 20–21 14–26 11–19 17–45 17–29 19–23 9–17
Glendale Raptors 38–19 52–44 34–33 20–16 28–28 36–53 22–0 62–22
Houston SaberCats 36–15 32–17 11–49 8–35 19–40 10–52 27–44 29–27
New Orleans Gold 35–31 40–31 20–27 24–27 19–26 41–31 36–31 28–19
Rugby United NY 27–7 31–19 21–0 24–22 31–38 19–29 24–21 24–22
San Diego Legion 45–15 46–15 17–13 22–10 23–25 17–13 20–27 21–10
Seattle Seawolves 38–26 20–18 27–14 25–24 33–21 22–28 35–30 27–27
Toronto Arrows 24-13 40-12 35–21 31–35 22–20 23–19 29–7 28–21
Utah Warriors 35–19 26–26 27–31 19–21 21–47 21–31 36–48 31–64

Updated to match(es) played on
Colors: Blue: home team win; Yellow: draw; Red: away team win.


Week 1[edit]


Bye/s: Utah Warriors

Week 2[edit]


Bye/s: Houston Sabercats, RUNY, Toronto Arrows

Week 3[edit]


Bye/s: Glendale Raptors, RUNY, Utah Warriors

Week 4[edit]


Bye/s: Houston Sabercats

Week 5[edit]


Bye/s: NOLA Gold

Week 6[edit]


Bye/s: Austin Elite, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves

Week 7[edit]


Bye/s: NOLA Gold

Week 8[edit]


Bye/s: Utah Warriors

Week 9[edit]


Bye/s: San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, Toronto Arrows

Week 10[edit]


Bye/s: Houston Sabercats

Week 11[edit]


Bye/s: RUNY

Week 12[edit]


Bye/s: Glendale Raptors

Week 13[edit]


Bye/s: Austin Elite

Week 14[edit]


Bye/s: NOLA Gold

Week 15[edit]


Bye/s: Seattle Seawolves

Week 16[edit]


Bye/s: Austin Elite

Week 17[edit]


Bye/s: Toronto Arrows

Week 18[edit]


Bye/s: San Diego Legion

Week 19[edit]


Bye/s: Glendale Raptors

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Final[edit]

Players Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

The top ten try and point scorers during the 2019 Major League Rugby season are:[12]

Last updated June 5, 2019

Sanctions[edit]

Player Team Red card.svg Red Yellow card.svg Yellow
Fiji Josua Vici Houston SaberCats 1 2
Fiji Keni Nasoqeqe San Diego Legion 1 1
Fiji Osea Kolinisau  Houston SaberCats 1 0
United States Lance Williams Utah Warriors 0 3
United States Connor Cook Glendale Raptors 0 2
Australia Con Foley NOLA Gold 0 2
Ireland Pat O'Toole Houston SaberCats 0 2
Ireland Jamie Dever Houston SaberCats 0 1
Canada Jack Evans Toronto Arrows 0 1
United States Matt Hughston Rugby United NY 0 1
United States Tim Maupin NOLA Gold 0 1
Australia Peni Tagive Austin Elite 0 1
United States Sione Tuihalamaka San Diego Legion 0 1
United States Chris Turori San Diego Legion 0 1
Canada Rob Brouwer Toronto Arrows 0 1
Canada Phil Mack Seattle Seawolves 0 1
New Zealand Sam Malcolm Toronto Arrows 0 1
United States Dylan Fawsitt Rugby United NY 0 1
Morocco Soheyl Jaoudat Austin Elite 0 1
Fiji Maikeli Naromaitoga Utah Warriors 0 1
United States Josh Whippy Utah Warriors 0 1
Australia Luke Beauchamp Houston Sabercats 0 1
United States Jeremy Misailegalu Utah Warriors 0 1
Samoa Kane Thompson NOLA Gold 0 1
South Africa Franco van der Berg Utah Warriors 0 1
South Africa Tiaan Erasmus Austin Elite 0 1
Canada Moe Abdelmonem Austin Elite 0 1
United States Kevin Sullivan NOLA Gold 0 1
United States James Denise Rugby United NY 0 1
United States Zach Fenoglio Glendale Raptors 0 1
Uruguay Ignacio Dotti NOLA Gold 0 1
Canada Andrew Ferguson  Toronto Arrows 0 1
Canada Cam Polson   Seattle Seawolves 0 1
Fiji Jasa Veremalua  San Diego Legion 0 1
New Zealand Jordan Manihera  San Diego Legion 0 1
United States Will Magie Glendale Raptors 0 1
Uruguay Diego Magno Houston SaberCats 0 1
Canada Avery Oitomen Toronto Arrows 0 1
Canada Kyle Baillie NOLA Gold 0 1
Canada Hubert Buydens NOLA Gold 0 1
United States Dan Trierweiler Seattle Seawolves 0 1
Uruguay Leandro Leivas Toronto Arrows 0 1
Uruguay Mateo Sanguinetti Houston SaberCats 0 1
United States Mason Pedersen Austin Elite 0 1
New Zealand Murphy Taramai Glendale Raptors 0 1
Tonga Fetu'u Vainikolo Utah Warriors 0 1
South Africa JP du Plessis San Diego Legion 0 1
United States Nate Augspurger San Diego Legion 0 1
United States Dino Waldren San Diego Legion 0 1
Uruguay Alejandro Nieto Houston SaberCats 0 1
Uruguay Juan Echeverría Austin Elite 0 1
United States Cam Dolan NOLA Gold 0 1
United States Shalom Suniula Seattle Seawolves 0 1
New Zealand James Semple Utah Warriors 0 1
United States Pat Blair San Diego Legion 0 1
South Africa Tristan Blewett NOLA Gold 0 1
New Zealand Awara Elkington Utah Warriors 0 1
Canada Peter Milazzo Toronto Arrows 0 1

Awards[edit]

MVP of the Championship Match

Player Team
South AfricaJP Smith Seattle Seawolves

All-MLR First Team

Player Position Team
Canada Rob Brouwer Loosehead Prop Toronto Arrows
United StatesDylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby United New York
Australia Paddy Ryan Tighthead Prop San Diego Legion
Canada Mike Sheppard Left Lock Toronto Arrows
United States Nate Brakeley Right Lock Rugby United New York
New Zealand Brad Tucker Blindside Flanker Seattle Seawolves
CanadaNakai Penny Openside Flanker Seattle Seawolves
United States Riekert Hattingh 8 Man Seattle Seawolves
United States Nate Augspurger Scrum-half San Diego Legion
South Africa Joe Pietersen Fly-half San Diego Legion
United States Conor Wallace Simms Blindside Wing Rugby United New York
South Africa JP du Plessis Inside Center San Diego Legion
South Africa Tristan Blewett Outside Center New Orleans Gold
United States John Ryberg Openside Wing Glendale Raptors
United States JP Eloff Fullback New Orleans Gold

All-MLR Second Team

Player Position Team
South Africa Franco van den Berg Loosehead Prop Utah Warriors
Canada Eric Howard Hooker New Orleans Gold
New Zealand Morgan Mitchell Tighthead Prop Toronto Arrows
Ireland Ben Mitchell Left Lock Austin Elite
United States Louis Stanfill Right Lock San Diego Legion
United States Lance Williams Blindside Flanker Utah Warriors
United States Matt Hughston Openside Flanker Rugby United New York
United States Cam Dolan 8 Man New Orleans Gold
United States Mike Petri Scrum-half Rugby United New York
New Zealand Sam Malcolm Fly-half Toronto Arrows
Canada Dan Moor Blindside Wing Toronto Arrows
United States Shalom Suniula Inside Center Seattle Seawolves
United States Ryan Matyas Outside Center San Diego Legion
Canada Brock Staller Openside Wing Seattle Seawolves
England Mathew Turner Fullback Seattle Seawolves

Attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Total
Attendance
Average
Attendance
% Capacity
Austin Elite Dell Diamond
Toyota Field
11,500
8,296
4,560
1,000
894
1,000
7%
12%
Glendale Raptors Infinity Park 5,000 19,704 2,463 49%
Houston SaberCats Constellation Field
Dyer Stadium
Aveva Stadium
7,500
6,000
4,000
3,900
1,000
5,382
975
1,000
1,794
13%
17%
45%
New Orleans Gold Gold Stadium 3,000 12,857 1,428 47%
Rugby United New York MCU Park 7,000 14,184 1,773 25%
San Diego Legion Torero Stadium 6,000 30,425 3,043 51%
Seattle Seawolves Starfire Stadium 3,800 29,873 3,734 98%
Toronto Arrows York Lions Stadium
Lamport Stadium
3,700
9,600
7,655
9,953
1,913
2,488
51%
26%
Utah Warriors Zions Bank Stadium 5,000 19,448 2,431 49%

Notes:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regular season schedule". USMLR. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  2. ^ Davidson, Neil (2018-11-07). "Toronto Arrows open inaugural Major League Rugby season with eight road games". National Post. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  3. ^ "Major League Rugby to announce 2019 schedule". USMLR. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  4. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/runy-get-hot-in-snowy-utah/
  5. ^ http://www.seattleseawolves.com/news/seawolves-continue-winning-streak-against-the-houston-sabercats
  6. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/runy-finish-in-hollywood-fashion-in-home-opener/
  7. ^ http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2019/04/07/late-try-saves-nola-in-sold-out-toronto/
  8. ^ http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2019/04/20/changes-to-three-upcoming-mlr-games-confirmed/
  9. ^ http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2019/04/22/seawolves-strike-gold-in-mlr-classic/
  10. ^ http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2019/04/20/changes-to-three-upcoming-mlr-games-confirmed/
  11. ^ http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2019/04/20/changes-to-three-upcoming-mlr-games-confirmed/
  12. ^ https://www.usmlr.com/player-stats/