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Houston SaberCats
Houston Sabercats Logo.png
Full nameHouston SaberCats
Founded2017
Location Houston, Texas
Ground(s) Aveva Stadium (Capacity: 4,000)
PresidentBrian Colona
Coach(es) Justin Fitzpatrick
League(s) Major League Rugby
20187th placed (regular season)
Team kit
Official website
www.houstonsabercats.com

The Houston SaberCats is an American professional rugby union team based in Houston, Texas. The team was founded in 2017 and competes in Major League Rugby, [1] the top-level rugby competition in the United States that launched its first season in 2018.

Home field

As of the 2018 regular season, the SaberCats play their home matches at Dyer Stadium, [2] and train at Athlete Training and Health in Houston. The team previously played at Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, for their exhibition matches in 2017 and 2018. [3]

The SaberCats have plans to build a stadium of their own in Houston. [4] In February 2018, the City of Houston agreed to fund $3.2 million of the $5.25 million needed to build a permanent rugby stadium for use by the Houston SaberCats at Houston Sports Park. [5] Aveva Stadium is expected to be completed in January 2019 and will seat 3,500 spectators. [6] [7]

Houston Sports Park is also the permanent training ground for Major League Soccer soccer team Houston Dynamo as well as the Houston Dash women's soccer team.

Stadium Capacity Location Year(s)
Constellation Field 7,500 Sugar Land, Texas 2018
Dyer Stadium 6,000 Houston, Texas 2018
Aveva Stadium 4,000 Houston, Texas from 2019

The team and the community

In November 2018, the team was featured in Houston PetTalk Magazine [8] to promote the adoption of animals with the Houston Humane Society.

Current squad

The following players have been confirmed for the SaberCats for the 2019 season: [9]

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
Pat O'Toole Hooker Ireland Ireland
Gabriel Romero Hooker United States United States
Charlie Connolly Prop Ireland Ireland
Jamie Dever Prop Ireland Ireland
Codi Jones Prop United States United States
Jake Turnbull Prop United States United States
Victor Comptat Lock United States United States
Charlie Hewitt Lock Ireland Ireland
Rob Meeson Lock United States United States
Diego Magno Lock Uruguay Uruguay
Jackson Slater Lock United States United States
Luke Beauchamp Flanker Australia Australia
Chris Coyle Flanker United States United States
Mathew Faoagali Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Cecil Garber Flanker United States United States
Matt Trouville Number 8 United States United States
Ayron Schramm Number 8 Germany Germany
Alejandro Nieto Number 8 Uruguay Uruguay
Player Position Union
Santiago Arata Scrum-half Uruguay Uruguay
Connor Murphy Scrum-half England England
Max Tacket Scrum-half United States United States
Kieran Farmer Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Sam Windsor Fly-half Australia Australia
Malacchi Esdale Centre United States United States
Osea Kolinisau Centre Fiji Fiji
Conor Mills Centre United States United States
Alex Elkins Wing United States United States
Josua Vici Wing Fiji Fiji
Zach Pangelinan Fullback United States United States
  • Internationally capped players in bold
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to five overseas players per match

Coaching staff

2018 season

Exhibition schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result Score
11/18/17 Dallas Reds Away W 31-24
12/2/17 Dallas Harlequins Away W 125-0
12/9/17 Austin Blacks Away W 46-31
12/9/17 Austin Blacks Away W 55-14
12/16/17 Dallas Reds Home W 21-5
1/6/18 Seattle Saracens Away W 50-7
1/13/18 Vancouver Ravens Away L 23-26
1/20/18 Uruguay National Team Home L 24-32
1/27/18 James Bay Athletic Club Home W 42-13
2/3/18 Capital Selects Home W 49-3
2/10/18 Chicago Lions Home W 60-10
2/17/18 New York Athletic Club Away W 39-38
2/24/18 NOLA Gold Home W 30-12
3/3/18 Ontario Arrows Home D 28-28
3/24/18 NOLA Gold Away D 32-32
4/7/18 San Diego Legion Away W 17-33

Regular season

Date Opponent Home/Away Result Score
4/21 NOLA Gold Home L 26-35
4/28 Austin Elite Home W 50-38
5/4 San Diego Legion Away L 35-32
5/19 NOLA Gold Away L 26-35
5/26 Utah Warriors Home L 36-30
6/2 Seattle Seawolves Home L 7-20
6/9 Glendale Raptors Away L 37-24
6/23 Utah Warriors Away L 27-31

2019 season

Pre-Season

Date Opponent Home/Away Result Score
1/12 Austin Elite Home
1/19 Glendale Raptors Home

Regular Season

Date Opponent Home/Away Result Score
1/26 Austin Elite Away
2/9 San Diego Legion Away
2/22 Toronto Arrows Home
3/2 Rugby United New York Home
3/10 Seattle Seawolves Away
3/16 New Orleans Gold Home
3/23 Utah Warriors Home
4/6 Glendale Raptors Away
4/12 Seattle Seawolves Home
4/21 Toronto Arrows Away
4/27 San Diego Legion Home
5/5 Rugby United New York Away
5/11 Glendale Raptors Home
5/18 New Orleans Gold Away
5/25 Austin Elite Home
6/1 Utah Warriors Away

Records

Season standings

Major League Rugby

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Play-offs Houston SaberCats logo.png
2018 7th 8 1 0 7 216 256 –40 7 11   Did not compete

Head coaches

Captains

  • 2018: Kyle Sumsion

References

  1. ^ "Major League Rugby – As It Stands". Americas Rugby News. 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  2. ^ Gorman, Jack (2018-03-05). "Houston SaberCats Announce New Temporary Home". Houston Press. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ a b Dart, Tom (2018-01-22). "Houston? No problem – SaberCats bullish about latest US rugby venture". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2018-01-23. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  4. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (2017-03-22). "Houston group bringing a rugby franchise, stadium to the city". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  5. ^ Schneider, Andrew (2018-02-07). "Houston City Council Approved $3.2 Million Deal To Build A New Rugby Stadium". Houston Public Media. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  6. ^ Morris, Mike (2018-02-05). "Houston City Council to consider $3.2M stadium deal with SaberCats rugby team". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  7. ^ "City of Houston sign off on a New Rugby Stadium in deal with Major League Rugby Team Houston SaberCats" (Press release). Houston SaberCats. February 8, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Houston PetTalk Magazine: "Houston SaberCats promote adoption with Houston Humane Society." November 2018 (pp.26-33). [1] Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  9. ^ https://houstonsabercats.com/team/