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San Diego Legion; Professional Rugby

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by Concudan, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

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    https://www.sdlegion.com/

    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.

    After retiring from playing, Rob joined the coaching staff at London Wasps in 2009 as Defense Coach. He was also appointed Defense Coach for the Wales under-20 team in 2009, going to two world cups in Japan and Argentina. For the 2012 season, Rob moved to Tokyo to coach Ricoh Black Rams in the Japanese Top League. Following Japan, he came to America and took on the role of backs coach for the United States national team in February 2016. This coincided with duties as assistant coach for the San Diego Breakers in the American PRO League.

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com...legion-major-league-rugby-20180228-story.html
     
  2. SDRay

    SDRay RIP SD Chargers..F the LA Chargers, Go Irish Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

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    SD Legion hoping to garner support from community in inaugural rugby season

    http://fox5sandiego.com/2018/04/13/...ort-from-community-in-inaugural-rugby-season/

    SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Legion, the city's new major league rugby team, kicks off its season one week from Saturday -- and with local and international players, the team hopes to garner support and grow the sport.

    Cathedral Catholic graduate and SDSU alum Gil Covey grew up in City Heights and now plays professional rugby for the San Diego Legion.

    "I think growing up in the United States, like the ultimate goal is to play on the national team," said Covey, who plays hooker position. "But now to have this professional environment, I think it just helps the sport massively in the United States."

    The Legion are one of seven teams in Major League Rugby, a league designed with Major League Soccer as it's model.

    "From what I've seen so far, it's an exciting time to be involved in rugby in America and the opportunity this is going to give to American kids growing up," said Chris Cracknell, the forwards and breakdowns coach.

    Other than passing the ball backwards in order to move forward on the playing field, rugby looks very similar to football. But players say it comes with less risk for injury.

    "As opposed to football, when you kind of fly in there with the helmet, we put a lot of training into technique," said Mungo Mason, who plays the openside flanker position.

    "Where to put your head, how to fall, how to wrap your arms, that sort of thing so that there's less concussions."

    The Legion play their 80-minute home matches at USD's Torero Stadium. The regular season consists of eight matches - four home and four away, which ultimately lead into a four-team playoff by July.

    "It's an action-packed, high-octane sport and there's a lot of collisions, a lot of tries," said Cracknell.

    "It's going to be a high-paced, fast style of rugby that we think fans can get behind and that's what we're after," said Mason.

    Five local colleges have rugby club squads, and at the youth level, the sport continues to grow, which is why the Legion are optimistic Major League Rugby will catch on.

    "It's a Varisty sport in a lot of campuses now and I think ... Southern California in general is really, really strong and Northern California is really strong and I think having this MLR is only going to boost that even more,"said Covey.

    "We understand that there's a little bit of a gap I suppose in the fan zone with the Chargers leaving and so we think we can really fill that hole and we'd love to see as many people out there as possible," said Mason.
     
  3. SDRay

    SDRay RIP SD Chargers..F the LA Chargers, Go Irish Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

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    San Diego Legion Inks Deal with Cox to Carry All Matches of Inaugural Season

    https://timesofsandiego.com/sports/...cox-to-carry-all-matches-of-inaugural-season/

    San Diego’s first major league rugby team now has a TV home. The team announced Friday it has signed a distribution agreement with Cox Communications to air eight matches of the Legion’s inaugural season, starting later this month.

    The matches, five live and three re-broadcasts, will air on Cox’s YurView network, available locally on Channel 4 to Cox and Spectrum cable customers. The live matches will be available for streaming on YurView’s streaming services.

    YurView will re-broadcast the remaining three games on a tape delay after the games are carried live on CBS Sports Network as the Major League Rugby game of the week.

    “We’re excited to be partnering with Cox,” San Diego Legion general manager Matt Hawkins said. “Sharing rugby with more people is a core focus of San Diego Legion.

    Major League Rugby launches this year with seven teams, including Austin, Houston, Glendale, Colorado, New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle and Salt Lake City.

    San Diego Legion home matches will be played at USD’s Torero Stadium.

    Here’s the schedule of matches airing on YurView Channel 4:

    • April 22 vs. Seattle Seawolves at 5 p.m.
    • April 29 vs. Utah Warriors at 4 p.m.
    • May 4 vs. Houston SaberCats, re-broadcast time TBA
    • May 13 vs. Glendale Raptors at 5 p.m.
    • May 25 vs. Austin Elite, re-broadcast
    • June 9 vs. NOLA Gold at 1 p.m.
    • June 17 vs. Austin Elite at 5 p.m.
    • June 23 vs. Glendale Raptors, re-broadcast
     
  4. SDRay

    SDRay RIP SD Chargers..F the LA Chargers, Go Irish Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

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    Legion fall to Seawolves in first game

    https://www.seattletimes.com/sports...-first-game-as-pro-rugby-makes-seattle-debut/


    In its season opener and franchise debut, Seattle beats San Diego 39-23 in front of a sold-out crowd at Starfire Stadium.

    Control the scrums, control the game. Keep possession of the ball, the scores will come.

    That was the formula the Seawolves used to bring pro rugby to Seattle in a winning fashion, putting away the San Diego Legion 39-23 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila Sunday afternoon before a sold-out crowd.

    The Legion forwards were steadily outpushed by the Seattle pack and resorted to intentionally collapsing or “wheeling” set scrums and forward movements by the Seattle forwards. The referee awarded the Seattle team three penalty tries, ruling that Seattle would have scored except for the illegal tactics by San Diego.

    A try counts as five points and earns the scoring team a chance to kick through the uprights for two more. A penalty try is awarded under the posts, and the extra two points are added without the bother of a kick.

    “The win today went to the boys upfront,” said Phil Mack, player-coach for the Seawolves, Seattle’s entry in Major League Rugby, which opened its inaugural season Saturday and Sunday with three games.

    Matt Turner, the Seattle fullback, spoke up for the backs after the game, praising the forwards as “nearly perfect up front and that set us up to show our stuff.”

    Which they did. Brock Staller burst through the San Diego defense midway through the first half to score a try and then kicked his own conversion for the extra two. He also added three penalty kicks for another nine points, leading the Seawolves’ scoring.

    By game’s end, Seattle’s forwards were running out with the backs as wing forward Eric Duechle dished off a tight pass to Cam Polson, the other wing forward, who reached over the line for a one-handed touch down with only five minutes left.

    San Diego’s forwards did get on track in the second half, pushing over for two tries. Ben Cima added three penalty kicks for nine points.

    “We obviously struggled with the set pieces today,” Rob Hoadley, San Diego’s coach, said. “We had some injuries that kept some more experienced guys out of the game, but we’ve got to tighten up with the guys we have on the field.”

    The Seawolves face the Glendale, Colo., Raptors Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Starfire. The Raptors beat Austin Elite Saturday, 41-26.

    “We know they’re a tough team with guys that have played together before,” said Mack, who took over coaching duties after Tony Healy had to step down after he was unable to get a visa.

    “That was a bit derailing,” Mack said, “but this group is good at pulling together and overcoming chaos.”

    Duechle said the team had a “few ups and downs, but the adversity brought us together.”

    And of the stands full of Seawolves’ fans, the sun shining and a 39-23 victory, Duechle said, “It felt like we were Seahawk players.”

    Welcome to Seattle, Seawolves.

     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

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    29th is their home opener.
     
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    I'm thinking about going.
     
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    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

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    I am going to go to one, but probably after I move.
     
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    Leaving the Inland Empire? Where are you heading?
     
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    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

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    Nah staying here, but my landlord wants his house back.... :cautious:
     

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