Austin Herd

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The Austin Herd is a professional rugby union team based in Austin, Texas, United States. The team was founded in 2017 as the Austin Elite, and competes in Major League Rugby.[1]

Austin Herd
Austin Herd logo 2019.svg
Full nameAustin Herd
FoundedAustin Elite (2017–2019)
Austin Herd (2019–present)
LocationRound Rock, Texas
Ground(s)Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
Coach(es)Brett Simmons
Top scorerTimothée Guillimin (113)
Most triesHanco Germishuys (6)
League(s)Major League Rugby
20199th place (regular season)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website


Historical Austin Elite logo 2017–2019.

On 19th September 2019 after extensive polling at the end of the 2019 campaign, the team opted to re-name itself the Herd. The logo remained the same although the orange colour action was removed indicating a shift away from using orange for the upcoming season. [2]

Home fieldEdit

The team plays at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas.[3]


2019 home games were shown on Facebook Watch which is Facebook’s video-on-demand service. Lincoln Rose and Kit McConnico were the on air talent.


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018–2019 XBlades None
2020-present Paladin Sports


The Austin jersey is sky blue, black and white. The team logo features the stylized head of a Texas Longhorn bull with a Lone Star on its forehead. The mascot is a bull-like character named Dozer.[4]

Players and personnelEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been reported for Austin for the 2020 season:[5][6]

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
Tiaan Erasmus Hooker   South Africa
Chris Schade Hooker   United States
Wilton Rebolo Hooker   Brazil
Juan Echeverría Prop   Uruguay
Phillip Hanson Prop   United States
Skyler Adams Prop   United States
Mason Pedersen Prop   United States
LaRome White Prop   United States
Daniel Faleafa Lock   Tonga
Maikeli Naromaitoga Lock   Fiji
Rikus Zwart Lock   South Africa
Moe Abdelmonem Flanker   Canada
Michael de Waal* Flanker   South Africa
Potu Leavasa Jr Flanker   Samoa
Lino Saunitoga Flanker   Fiji
Sebastián Kalm* Number 8   Chile
Wesley White* Number 8   South Africa
Player Position Union
Mickaël Romera Scrum-half   France
Marcelo Torrealba Scrum-half   Chile
Enele Malele Fly-half   Fiji
Roland Suniula Fly-half   United States
Dominic Akina Centre   United States
Sione Fangaiuiha Centre   United States
Corey Jones Centre   United States
Gabriel Farley Centre   United States
Sione Fangaiuiha Centre   United States

Frank Halai Wing   New Zealand
Peni Tagive Wing   United States
Reece Czarnecki Wing   United States
Rodrick Waters Wing   United States
Alex Faison-Donahoe Fullback   United States
Zinzan Elan-Puttick Fullback   United States
Rodrigo Silva Fullback   Uruguay
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players in bold
  • Players qualified to play for United States on dual nationality or residency grounds*
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match

Coaching staffEdit

Name Nationality Position
Todd Clever   Director of Rugby
Brett Simmons   Head Coach
Andrew Suniula   Assistant Coach
Tane Jericevich   Assistant Coach
Michael Macri   Strength and Conditioning Coach
Austin Becker   Team Manager

Head coachesEdit

  • Alain Hyardet (2018–2019) [7]



Season standingsEdit

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts Playoffs
Austin Elite
2018 5th 8 3 0 5 224 238 −14 6 18 Did not qualify
2019 9th 16 0 0 16 263 482 −219 5 5 Did not qualify
Austin Herd

2018 seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 25 San Diego Legion° Home Lost, 24–32
March 31 New Orleans Gold° Away Lost, 17–48
April 7 New Orleans Gold° Home Lost, 10–38
April 21 Glendale Raptors Away Lost, 26–41
April 28 Houston SaberCats Away Lost, 38–50
May 3 New Orleans Gold Home Won, 30–17
May 11 Utah Warriors Away Lost, 22–41
May 25 San Diego Legion Home Won, 31–5
June 1 Utah Warriors Home Won, 41–33
June 8 Seattle Seawolves Home Lost, 19–20
June 17 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 10–24

° = Exhibition games

2019 seasonEdit


Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 11 Houston SaberCats Away Won, 14–10
January 19 Dallas Reds Away Postponed

Regular seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 26 Houston SaberCats Home Lost, 20–21
February 1 Utah Warriors Home Lost, 9–17
February 8 Toronto Arrows Home Lost, 19–23
February 17 Glendale Raptors Home Lost, 13–24
February 23 San Diego Legion Home Lost, 17–45
March 9 Glendale Raptors Away Lost, 19–38
March 16 Seattle Seawolves Home Lost, 17–29
March 23 New Orleans Gold Away Lost, 31–35
March 30 Rugby United New York Home Lost, 11–19
April 7 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 15–45
April 27 Utah Warriors Away Lost, 19–35
May 4 New Orleans Gold Home Lost, 14–26
May 9 Toronto Arrows Away Lost, 13–24
May 19 Rugby United New York Away Lost, 7–27
May 25 Houston SaberCats Away Lost, 15–36
June 2 Seattle Seawolves Away Lost, 26–38


  1. ^ "Austin Elite, new U.S. pro rugby league lure major TV contract". Austin American-Statesman. 2017-11-07. Archived from the original on 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  2. ^ [1] “Austin changes name to Herd” 19/9/2019
  3. ^ "Austin Elite rugby franchise plans to play home games in Round Rock". Austin Statesman. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  4. ^ Lyttle, Kevin (2018-05-04). "Austin Elite home opener both a success and a work in progress". Austin American-Statesman. Archived from the original on 2018-05-05. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  5. ^ "2018 Major League Rugby – Austin Elite". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  6. ^ "MLR Off-Season Update – December 13, 2018". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ "Alain Hyardet appointed as Head Coach". Austin Elite Rugby. 2017-09-12. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-11-09.

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