Austin Elite

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Austin Elite
Austin Elite Rugby logo 2017.png
Founded2017
LocationAustin, Texas
Ground(s)Dell Diamond (Capacity: 11,631)
Coach(es)Alain Hyardet
Captain(s)Ben Mitchell
Top scorerTimothee Guillimin (113)
League(s)Major League Rugby
20185th place (regular season)
Team kit
Official website
austineliterugby.com

The Austin Elite is a professional rugby union team based in Austin, Texas, United States. The team was founded in 2017 after a split from the amateur Austin Huns Rugby Football Club who were National Division 1 Club Champions in 2017 and competes in Major League Rugby.[1]

Home field[edit]

The team plays at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas,[2]

[edit]

The Austin Elite jersey is sky blue and black with red-orange trim on the collar and sleeves. The team logo features the stylized head of an African bull with a Lone Star on its forehead. The Austin Elite mascot is a bull-like character named Dozer.[3]

Players and personnel[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been reported for Austin for the 2019 season:[4][5]

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
Tiaan Erasmus Hooker South Africa South Africa
Peter Malcolm Hooker United States United States
Chris Schade Hooker United States United States
Juan Echeverría Prop Uruguay Uruguay
Sunao Takizawa Prop Japan Japan
Phillip Hanson Prop United States United States
Mason Pedersen Prop United States United States
Brendan Rams Prop South Africa South Africa
LaRome White Prop United States United States
Kyle Breytenbach Lock South Africa South Africa
Josh Larsen Lock Canada Canada
Ben Mitchell Lock Ireland Ireland
Dylan Pieterse Lock South Africa South Africa
Dominique Bailey Flanker United States United States
Moe Abdelmonem Flanker Canada Canada
Rikus Zwart Flanker South Africa South Africa
Travis Larsen Number 8 Canada Canada
Sebastián Kalm* Number 8 Chile Chile
Player Position Union
Mickaël Romera Scrum-half France France
Marcelo Torrealba Scrum-half Chile Chile
Rodrigo Silva Fly-half Uruguay Uruguay
Simon Bienvenu Centre France France
Sione Fangaiuiha* Centre Australia Australia
Doug Fraser Centre Canada Canada
Juan Pablo Aguirre* Centre Argentina Argentina
Andrew Suniula Centre United States United States
Andrés Vilaseca Centre Uruguay Uruguay
Alex Faison-Donahoe Wing United States United States
Soheyl Jaoudat Wing Morocco Morocco
Peni Tagive* Wing Australia Australia
Reece Czarnecki Wing United States United States
Aidan McMullan Wing Canada Canada
Zac Mizell Fullback United States United States
Zinzan Elan-Puttick Fullback United States United States
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players in bold
  • Players qualified to play for United States on dual nationality or residency grounds*
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match


Signed but unable to compete in 2019 season due to delays in obtaining a visa:

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
David Mélé Fly-half Spain Spain

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Nationality Position
Alain Hyardet France Head Coach
Johannes de Wet United States South Africa Backs Coach and Technical Analyst
Pedrie Wannenburg South Africa Forwards Coach
Michael Macri Australia Strength and Conditioning Coach

Head coaches[edit]

  • Alain Hyardet (2018–present) [6]

Captains[edit]

Records[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2018 5th 8 3 0 5 224 238 -14 6 18   Did not qualify

2018 season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 25 San Diego Legion° Home Lost, 24–32
March 31 New Orleans Gold° Away Lost, 17–48
April 7 New Orleans Gold° Home Lost, 10–38
April 21 Glendale Raptors Away Lost, 26–41
April 28 Houston SaberCats Away Lost, 38–50
May 3 New Orleans Gold Home Won, 30–17
May 11 Utah Warriors Away Lost, 22–41
May 25 San Diego Legion Home Won, 31–5
June 1 Utah Warriors Home Won, 41–33
June 8 Seattle Seawolves Home Lost, 19–20
June 17 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 10–24

° = Exhibition games

2019 season[edit]

Exhibition[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 11 Houston SaberCats Away Won, 14–10
January 19 Dallas Reds Away Postponed

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
January 26 Houston SaberCats Home Lost, 20–21
February 1 Utah Warriors Home Lost, 9–17
February 8 Toronto Arrows Home Lost, 19–23
February 17 Glendale Raptors Home Lost, 13–24
February 23 San Diego Legion Home Lost, 17–45
March 9 Glendale Raptors Away Lost, 19–38
March 16 Seattle Seawolves Home Lost, 17–29
March 23 New Orleans Gold Away Lost, 31–35
March 30 Rugby United New York Home Lost, 11–19
April 7 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 15–45
April 27 Utah Warriors Away Lost, 19-35
May 4 New Orleans Gold Home Lost, 14-26
May 9 Toronto Arrows Away Lost, 13-24
May 19 Rugby United New York Away Lost, 7–27
May 25 Houston SaberCats Away Lost, 15-36
June 2 Seattle Seawolves Away

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Austin Elite, new U.S. pro rugby league lure major TV contract". Austin American-Statesman. 2017-11-07. Archived from the original on 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  2. ^ "Austin Elite rugby franchise plans to play home games in Round Rock". Austin Statesman. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ Lyttle, Kevin (2018-05-04). "Austin Elite home opener both a success and a work in progress". Austin American-Statesman. Archived from the original on 2018-05-05. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  4. ^ "2018 Major League Rugby – Austin Elite". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  5. ^ "MLR Off-Season Update - December 13, 2018". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  6. ^ "Alain Hyardet appointed as Head Coach". Austin Elite Rugby. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-11-09.