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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 18:33

Seawolves snag 24 year old South African scrumhalf JP Smith. This is a major get, he was on the Boks u20 team that got 2nd place in 2014 and has played in Pro14/Currie Cup for a few years now. As Phil Mack is getting up there in age and seemingly making a slow transition to coaching, Smith is a clear replacement for him as the scrumhalf of the future for the Seawolves.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 18:54

Phil's 33...it's not like he's a fossil.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 19:07

Are you saying that 33 is not getting up there in age? In every sport it is.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 19:14

Golden Boy still playing at a high level at 41.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Blurandski » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 19:19

Peter Stringer retired age 40, although by all accounts he treated his body like a temple, and it was constant dedication.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 20:05

I'm not saying that the wheels are going to fall off tomorrow because he's 33 but anyone who looks at a 33 year old athlete as your scrumhalf of the future is ridiculous.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 20:16

Well, the only other 9 they had play was Tiberio...should have had Shalom there...so they NEEDED another 9.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Tue, 11 Dec 2018, 21:49

Exactly, and they got one, which is why I posted this.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby 4N » Thu, 13 Dec 2018, 01:22

Anyone know of other players with no high school or college rugby background in MLR?

Lance Williams (Utah)
Chris Coyle (Houston)
Sione Tuihalamaka (San Diego)

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Thu, 13 Dec 2018, 01:39

4N wrote:Anyone know of other players with no high school or college rugby background in MLR?

Lance Williams (Utah)
Chris Coyle (Houston)
Sione Tuihalamaka (San Diego)


Chris played with ASU Rugby for one season before heading to Australia.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby 4N » Sat, 05 Jan 2019, 17:53

Joey Iosefa (ex NFL) to Seattle.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby victorsra » Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 20:22

2019 regular season ends on June 2nd. Do we have the dates of the semifinals and the big final? 8 and 15?
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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 02:48

No, not confirmed to us. The playoffs would either be 2 or 3 games, so 4 teams or 6 with best 2 getting a bye. I’d like to see the latter but it will likely be a similar format as last year.

More importantly, I wonder where the games will be played - will they be like last year at designated locations or will the better team get the final and hopefully be able to plan for a traveling crowd?

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 02:53

Tobar wrote:No, not confirmed to us. The playoffs would either be 2 or 3 games, so 4 teams or 6 with best 2 getting a bye. I’d like to see the latter but it will likely be a similar format as last year.

More importantly, I wonder where the games will be played - will they be like last year at designated locations or will the better team get the final and hopefully be able to plan for a traveling crowd?


Only the Championship Final is going to be at a neutral site. Otherwise, top seed hosts.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby jonny24 » Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 19:26

I've heard Bill Webb mention in couple interviews that the final was going to be Fathers Day, indicating 2 rounds immediately following the season
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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 19:57

Isn't it bizarre a league start without the dates of its playoffs?
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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 20:13

victorsra wrote:Isn't it bizarre a league start without the dates of its playoffs?


To me, yes.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 01:19

Hey, whaddaya know - Bryan Ray confirmed the final for June 16. That means only 2 rounds for playoffs again since last regular season game is on June 2.

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Buffalo » Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 03:56

Tobar wrote:Hey, whaddaya know - Bryan Ray confirmed the final for June 16. That means only 2 rounds for playoffs again since last regular season game is on June 2.


I’m okay with only two round playoffs. There’s only nine teams so four is a good number to fight it out for the title. Did he say where the final this year would be?

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Re: Major League Rugby

Postby Tobar » Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 14:35

Not confirmed. I’m also fine with either way, either 4 or 6 teams. I’d like it to be longer but that would also mean 2/3 of the teams make the playoffs. This isn’t the NBA....

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