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San Diego Legion

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San Diego Legion
San diego legion logo.png
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
Legion home field, Torero Stadium.
Legion home field, Torero Stadium.

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]

Home field

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]


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.


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

Players and personnel

Current squad

San Diego's announced roster for the 2020 season:[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 South Africa
Peter Malcolm Hooker United States United States
Pat Blair* Hooker United States United States
Aaron Mitchell Prop United States United States
Paul Mullen Prop United States United States
Faka’osi Pifeleti Prop United States United States
Sione Tuihalamaka Prop United States United States
Nathan Sylvia Prop United States United States
Jamie Dever Prop Ireland Ireland
Ben Mitchell Lock Ireland Ireland
Louis Stanfill Lock United States United States
Josh Furno Lock Italy Italy
Siaosi Mahoni Lock United States United States
Tai Tuisamoa Lock United States United States
Devin Short Flanker United States United States
Chris Turori Flanker United States United States
Jasa Veremalua Flanker Fiji Fiji
Derrick Broussard Flanker Philippines Philippines
Malon Al-Jiboori* Flanker United States United States
Psalm Wooching Flanker United States United States
Keni Nasoqeqe Number 8 Fiji Fiji
David Tameilau Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Nate Augspurger Scrum-half United States United States
Devereaux Ferris Scrum-half United States United States
Tai Enosa Fly-half United States United States
Josh Thiel Fly-half Canada Canada
Luke Burton Fly-half Australia Australia
Dylan Audsley Centre United States United States
William Wardlow Centre Scotland Scotland
JP du Plessis Centre South Africa South Africa
Ma’a Nonu Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Ryan Matyas Wing United States United States
Maceo Brown* Wing United States United States
Marcus Tupuola* Wing United States United States
Faitala Talapusi* Wing United States United States
Save Totovosau Wing Fiji Fiji
Tira Patterson Wing Fiji Fiji
Mike Te'o* Fullback United States United States
Joe Pietersen Fullback South Africa 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 coaches



Season standings

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


2018 season

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 season


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

Regular season

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 season

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


  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.
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