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Seattle Seawolves Name Tom Barden President and COO

MLR Seattle Seawolves September 22, 2023 - (TUKWILA, WASHINGTON) - The Seattle Seawolves Rugby Club is pleased to announce that effective immediately, the team has named Tom Barden President and Chief Operations Officer. Barden has been an investor in the Seawolves since 2018. Barden's extensive leadership experience and business success make him the ideal leader to join the Seawolves and contribute to the continued growth of the Seawolves and rugby in North America. "The Seawolves Board of Directors recognizes how fortunate we are to have someone of Tom's ca... Full Story

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The Rugby Alliance Officially Formed: Stade Toulousain and Utah Warriors Unite to Elevate Rugby to New Heights

MLR Utah Warriors September 21, 2023 - SALT LAKE CITY - Stade Toulousain, led by President Didier Lacroix, and the Utah Warriors, under the leadership of CEO Kimball Kjar, are thrilled to announce the official formation of The Rugby Alliance. Although a memorandum of understanding (MOAU) was created earlier this year, September 19 marks the momentous occasion when this collaborative venture officially came into being, solidifying the partnership between two rugby powerhouses. The two organizations made a deliberate decision to utilize the iconic Olympic Torch ... Full Story

Arrows Announce Return of Canadian International Centre Richardson

MLR Toronto Arrows September 20, 2023 - TORONTO, ON - The Toronto Arrows are pleased to announce that centre Mitch Richardson has re-signed with the club for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. Richardson, 27, is returning to the Arrows for a sixth campaign after featuring in 38 matches (28 starts) for the club since its inaugural season in 2019. "I'm very excited to come back for another season with the Arrows," said Richardson. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of overcoming last season in our push for the Shield this year." The midfielder also ackn... Full Story

U.S. Olympian Sarah Sponcil Joins Rise

PVF Grand Rapids Rise September 18, 2023 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Rise on Monday announced the signing of setter/libero and U.S. Olympian Sarah Sponcil (SPAWN-suhl). Sponcil has been a member of Team USA Beach Volleyball for the past five years. Paired with Kelly Claes, the duo earned a coveted spot on Team USA after winning gold at the FIVB World Tour in Sochi and Ostrava in 2021. Sponcil and Claes went on to become the youngest team to ever represent the USA in beach volleyball in the Olympics, taking ninth place at the Tokyo Games. The 27-year-o... Full Story

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