San Diego Legion

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]

San Diego Legion
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Full nameSan Diego Legion
Founded2017; 3 years ago (2017)
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 (177)
Most triesMike Te'o (9)
League(s)Major League Rugby
2019Runner-up (finals)
1st place (regular season)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.sdlegion.com
Legion home field, Torero Stadium.

Home fieldEdit

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]

BroadcastsEdit

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] Marc Stcherbina and Pete Steinberg were the on air talent.

SponsorshipEdit

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018 XBlades Sharp Business Systems
2019–present None

Players and personnelEdit

Current squadEdit

San Diego's announced roster for the 2021 season is:[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
Dean Muir Hooker   South Africa
Peter Malcolm Hooker   United States
Pat Blair* Hooker   United States
Aaron Mitchell Prop   United States
Paul Mullen Prop   United States
Faka’osi Pifeleti Prop   United States
Sione Tuihalamaka Prop   United States
Nathan Sylvia Prop   United States
Jamie Dever Prop   Ireland
Ben Mitchell Lock   Ireland
Louis Stanfill Lock   United States
Josh Furno Lock   Italy
Siaosi Mahoni Lock   United States
Tai Tuisamoa Lock   United States
Chris Robshaw Flanker   England
Devin Short Flanker   United States
Chris Turori Flanker   United States
Jasa Veremalua Flanker   Fiji
Derrick Broussard Flanker   Philippines
Malon Al-Jiboori* Flanker   United States
Psalm Wooching Flanker   United States
Keni Nasoqeqe Number 8   Fiji
David Tameilau Number 8   United States
Player Position Union
Nate Augspurger Scrum-half   United States
Devereaux Ferris Scrum-half   United States
Jason Tovey Fly-half   Wales
Tai Enosa Fly-half   United States
Josh Thiel Fly-half   Canada
Luke Burton Fly-half   Australia
William Wardlow Centre   Scotland
JP du Plessis Centre   South Africa
Ma’a Nonu Centre   New Zealand
Ryan Matyas Wing   United States
Maceo Brown* Wing   United States
Marcus Tupuola* Wing   United States
Faitala Talapusi* Wing   United States
Save Totovosau Wing   Fiji
Tira Patterson Wing   Fiji
Dylan Audsley Fullback   United States
Joe Pietersen Fullback   South Africa
  • 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
  • *Members of the USA Sevens residency program who have been named as associate players for the Legion

Head coachesEdit

CaptainsEdit

RecordsEdit

Season standingsEdit

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

HonorsEdit

2018 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

ExhibitionEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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

2020 seasonEdit

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to fears surrounding the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic.[9] It was cancelled the following week[10]

Regular seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
February 9 Seattle Seawolves Home Won, 33–24
February 16 Colorado Raptors Home Won, 49–22
February 23 New England Free Jacks Home Won, 30–21
February 29 New Orleans Gold Away Won, 25–21
March 8 Rugby United New York Home Won, 24–20
March 15 Austin Gilgronis Away Cancelled
March 22 Old Glory DC Home Cancelled
March 27 Utah Warriors Away Cancelled
April 5 Houston SaberCats Home Cancelled
April 12 Seattle Seawolves Away Cancelled
April 26 Rugby ATL Away Cancelled
May 3 Austin Gilgronis Home Cancelled
May 10 Toronto Arrows Away Cancelled
May 16 Houston SaberCats Away Cancelled
May 25 Utah Warriors Home Cancelled
May 30 Colorado Raptors Away Cancelled

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  9. ^ Anonymous, "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS," www.majorleague.rugby, March 12, 2020 Retrieved March 14, 2020
  10. ^ "Major League Rugby cancels remainder of 2020 campaign". Yahoo! Sports. AFP. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.