2021 All-Major League Rugby Teams announced

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(Photo: Stephen Lew)

DALLAS (August 9, 2021) – Today Major League Rugby (MLR) officially announced its All-MLR team selections for the 2021 season. Additional end of season awards including Player of the Year, Forward and Back of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year are to be announced by MLR throughout the week.

The top 30 players throughout the season were selected to make up the first and second All-MLR teams. The selections were voted on by a group made up of MLR media, referees, and stats specialists.

1ST XV
CHANCE WENGLEWSKI (ATL)
SAMA MALOLO (UTAH)
DINO WALDREN (NOLA)
NATE BRAKELEY (NY)
JOHAN MOMSEN (ATL)
ANGUS COTTRELL (LA)
LUCAS RUMBALL (TOR)
WIAN CONRADIE (NE)
HARRISON GODDARD (LA)
MATT GITEAU (LA)
DTH VAN DER MERWE (LA)
BILLY MEAKES (LA)
BEN LeSAGE (TOR)
JULIAN DOMINGUEZ (NOLA)
MIKEY TE’O (UTAH)

2ND XV
JP SMITH (LA)
DYLAN FAWSITT (NY)
ANGUS MACLELLAN (UTAH)
ASTON FORTUIN (UTAH)
DAVE DENNIS (LA)
TOMY DE LA VEGA (TOR)
JOE JOHNSTON (NE)
JASON DAMM (ALT)
ANDY ELLIS (NY)
JASON ROBERTSON (DC)
BJORN BASSON (SD)
MARK O’KEEFFE (ATL)
ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER (LA)
PAULA BALEKANA (HOU)
BEN FODEN (NY)

For the first time, an additional 15 players were also named to Honorable Mention because of the surplus of excellent nominees:

HONORABLE MENTION
JAMIE MACKINTOSH (AUS)
MICHELANGELO SOSENE-FEAGAI (DC)
CHARLIE ABEL (LA)
RHYNO HERBST (SEA)
NATHAN DEN HOEDT (LA)
BEN BONASSO (NY)
BAILEY WILSON (UTAH)
CAM DOLAN (NOLA)
MICHAEL BASKA (UTAH)
DAN HOLLINSHEAD (NY)
MIKA KRUSE (UTAH)
JP DU PLESSIS (NOLA)
BRYCE CAMPBELL (AUS)
JEREMY MISAILEGALU (ATL)
BEAUDEIN WAAKA (NE)

Number of selections by team:
• Los Angeles Giltinis: 9
• Utah Warriors: 7
• Rugby ATL: 6
• Rugby United New York: 6
• NOLA Gold: 4
• Toronto Arrows: 3
• New England Free Jacks: 3
• Old Glory DC: 2
• Austin Gilgronis: 2
• San Diego Legion: 1
• Seattle Seawolves: 1
• Houston SaberCats: 1

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About Major League Rugby
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season on March 20, 2021 and represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby, and download the MLR App on the App Store/Google Play.

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