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Hounds Agree to Contract Extension with Forward Mike Matarazzo

MLR Chicago Hounds November 30, 2023 - CHICAGO, I.L.- The Chicago Hounds offseason transactions continued on Thursday by agreeing to terms of a contract extension with versatile forward Mike Matarazzo. The Staten Island, New York native was originally a first-round pick (eighth overall) by Rugby Atlanta in the 2022 Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. During his 2021 rookie season, Matarazzo started one game in his lone appearance. He completed all eight of his tackle attempts in 42 minutes on the field and recorded four lineout takes. Prior to the 2022 sea... Full Story

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Hounds Add South African Hooker Janus Venter

MLR Chicago Hounds November 29, 2023 - CHICAGO, I.L. - The Chicago Hounds announced today the addition of South African hooker Janus Venter for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. Venter, 24 years old, makes the move to Major League Rugby after cutting his teeth with the Free State Cheetahs, competing in the Currie Cup competition. The 6-foot-1, 231-pound hooker joined the Cheetahs' camp ahead of the 2018-2019 season. He made his first appearance for the club during the 2021 campaign. During the 2023 season, Venter appeared in two contests for the Cheetahs ... Full Story

Chicago Hounds Appoint Matt Wagner as Team Manager

MLR Chicago Hounds November 27, 2023 - CHICAGO, I.L.- As the Chicago Hounds continue to build out their performance staff for the 2024 Major League Rugby season, the team announced the appointment of Matt Wagner as the Team Manager. Wagner's presence has been felt throughout the Chicago rugby community since 2012 when he began playing for the Chicago Lions club. He captained the 7s program before retiring as a player in 2018. During that time, Wagner coached the Purdue University 7s program and led the Boilermakers for four and a half years. He was named as th... Full Story

Hounds Extend All-Pro Center Mark O'Keeffe

MLR Chicago Hounds November 22, 2023 - CHICAGO, I.L. - The Chicago Hounds announced today they signed All-Pro center Mark O'Keeffe to a contract extension through the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old Dublin native has been a fixture in MLR since his rookie season with New York in 2019. O'Keeffe started all 11 of his appearances for the Hounds during the 2023 season, playing 817 minutes. The Irishman carried the ball 90 times and gained 826 meters (9.2 meters-per-carry). He finished the season with three clean line breaks and 33 defenders beaten,... Full Story

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