San Diego Legion

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San Diego Legion
San Diego Legion logo.png
Founded2017
LocationSan Diego, California
Ground(s)Torero Stadium (Capacity: 6,000)
Coach(es)Rob Hoadley (Head Coach)
Scott Murray (Forwards)
Captain(s)Joe Pietersen
Top scorerJoe Pietersen (148)
League(s)Major League Rugby
2019Runner-up (finals)
1st place (regular season)
Team kit
Official website
www.sdlegion.com
Legion home field, Torero Stadium.

The San Diego Legion is an American professional rugby union team based in San Diego, California.[1][2] The team was founded in 2017 and competes in Major League Rugby.[3]

Home field[edit]

The team plays at Torero Stadium, which is located on the campus of the University of San Diego and has a seating capacity of 6,000.[4] The stadium was also the home field of the former PRO Rugby team the San Diego Breakers in 2016.[5]

Media partners[edit]

Select Legion 2019 home and away Major League Rugby games not already broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network are televised locally on FOX 5 San Diego and also streamed live on ESPN+ and archived on Legion's YouTube channel.[citation needed] YurView Channel 4 San Diego was the local broadcast partner for Legion games during its inaugural 2018 season, which concluded in June.[citation needed]

Players and personnel[edit]

Current squad[edit]

San Diego's announced roster for the 2019 season:[6][7]

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
Pat Blair Hooker United States United States
Gil Covey Hooker United States United States
Dean Muir Hooker South Africa South Africa
Kapeli Pifeleti Hooker United States United States
Aaron Mitchell Prop United States United States
Paddy Ryan Prop Australia Australia
Faka’osi Pifeleti Prop United States United States
Dino Waldren Prop United States United States
Sione Tuihalamaka Prop United States United States
Nathan Sylvia Prop United States United States
Jay Harmon Lock United States United States
Siaosi Mahoni Lock United States United States
Louis Stanfill Lock United States United States
Joshua Furno Lock Italy Italy
Keni Nasoqeqe Lock Fiji Fiji
Jasa Veremalua Flanker Fiji Fiji
Psalm Wooching Flanker United States United States
Joe Schroeder Flanker United States United States
Alec Barton Flanker United States United States
Devin Short Flanker United States United States
Chris Turori Flanker United States United States
Jordan Manihera Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
David Tameilau Number 8 United States United States
Drew Gaffney Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Nate Augspurger Scrum-half United States United States
Nick Boyer Scrum-half United States United States
Tai Enosa Fly-half United States United States
Will Holder Fly-half United States United States
Joe Pietersen Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Dylan Audsley Centre United States United States
JP du Plessis Centre South Africa South Africa
Ryan Matyas Centre United States United States
Nick Lupian Centre United States United States
Nick Evans Wing United States United States
Save Totovosau Wing Fiji Fiji
Marcus Tupuola Wing United States United States
Mike Te'o Fullback United States United States
Conor Kearns Fullback United States United States
Kyle Rogers Fullback United States United States
  • 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


Signed but unable to compete in 2019 season due to delays in obtaining a visa:

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
Matt Sandell Prop Australia Australia

Head coaches[edit]

Captains[edit]

Records[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2018 3rd 8 5 0 3 214 201 +13 4 24   Lost semi-final 24–38 to Seattle Seawolves
2019 1st 16 12 1 3 457 296 +161 12 61   Lost championship final 23–26 to Seattle Seawolves

Honors[edit]

2018 season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 25 Austin Elite° Away Won, 24–32
April 7 Houston SaberCats° Home Lost, 17–33
April 22 Seattle Seawolves Away Lost, 23–39
April 29 Utah Warriors Home Won, 31–24
May 4 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 35–32
May 13 Glendale Raptors Away Lost, 27–31
May 25 Austin Elite Away Lost, 5–31
June 9 New Orleans Gold Away Won, 39–22
June 17 Austin Elite Home Won, 31–17
June 23 Glendale Raptors Home Won, 23–5
June 30 Seattle Seawolves°° Neutral Lost, 24–38

° = Exhibition game
°° = Playoff semifinals at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado.

2019 season[edit]

Exhibition[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 6 Life West Away Won, 76–0
January 13 Glendale Raptors Home Lost, 31–38

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 27 Rugby United New York Home Lost, 23-25
February 2 Seattle Seawolves Home Won, 17-13
February 9 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 17-13
February 17 Utah Warriors Home Won, 21–10
February 23 Austin Elite Away Won, 45-17
March 10 Toronto Arrows Home Lost, 20-27
March 16 Glendale Raptors Away Draw, 28-28
March 31 Seattle Seawolves Away Won, 28-22
April 7 Austin Elite Home Won, 45-15
April 14 Rugby United New York Away Won, 29–19
April 20 Glendale Raptors Home Won, 46–15
April 28 Houston SaberCats Away Won, 41-19
May 5 Toronto Arrows Away Lost, 19-23
May 11 New Orleans Gold Away Won, 26-19
May 18 Utah Warriors Away Won, 31-21
June 2 New Orleans Gold Home Won, 22–10

Post season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
June 9 Rugby United New York Home Won, 24-22
June 16 Seattle Seawolves Home Lost, 23–26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Major League Rugby nears kick-off as next attempt to make US a union power". The Guardian. UK. 2017-11-17. Archived from the original on 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  2. ^ Nelson, Ronan (2018-01-18). "MLRs San Diego Legion Holds Combine". Rugby Wrap Up. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ "Irishman Leader's path leads him into USA's Major League Rugby". The 42. 2018-01-14. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-05.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "San Diego Legion confirm coaches and home field". Americas Rugby News. 2018-02-16. Archived from the original on 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  5. ^ "Pro rugby finds a home in San Diego", San Diego Union-Tribune, Tod Leonard, 2016-05-14.
  6. ^ "2018 Major League Rugby – San Diego Legion". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  7. ^ "TEAM - SD Legion". SD Legion. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  8. ^ "Coaching staff". San Diego Legion. Archived from the original on 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-02-13.