Austin Gilgronis

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Austin Gilgronis
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Full nameAustin Gilgronis
Nickname(s)AG's
FoundedAustin Elite (2017–2019)
Austin Herd (2019–2020)
Austin Gilgronis (2020–present)
Location Austin, Texas
Ground(s) Bold Stadium (Capacity: 5,036)
Coach(es) Sam Harris
Captain(s) Bryce Campbell
Top scorer Timothée Guillimin (113)
Most tries Hanco Germishuys (6)
League(s) Major League Rugby
2020 11th place (regular season)
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Official website
www.gilgronis.com

The Austin Gilgronis is a professional rugby union team based in Austin, Texas, United States. The team was founded in 2017 as the Austin Elite, and competes in Major League Rugby. [1]

Contents

History

Historical Austin Elite logo 2017-2019. Austin Elite Rugby logo 2017.png
Historical Austin Elite logo 2017–2019.

On 19 September 2019 after extensive polling at the end of the 2019 campaign, the team opted to rename itself the Herd. The logo remained the same although the orange color action was removed indicating a shift away from using orange for the upcoming season. [2] Prior to the 2020 season, Adam Gilchrist and Loyals purchased the rename and renamed it the Gilgronis. The name received some negative reactions from fans. [3]

Home field

The team currently plays at the Circuit of the Americas in Bold Stadium, having previously played at Dell Diamond and the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. [4]

Broadcasts

2021 home games are shown on KBVO. Lincoln Rose and Kit McConnico are the on-air talent.

Sponsorship

SeasonKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
2018–2019 XBlades None
2020–present Paladin Sports

As the Austin Herd the jersey was sky blue, black and white. The initial team logo features the stylized head of a Texas Longhorn bull with a Lone Star on its forehead. The mascot is a bull-like character named Dozer. [5]

The team's current name, Gilgronis, is the name of a cocktail created by the owners. [6] The home kit is orange, and the away kit is white. The current logo is the club's initials, followed by an "'s".

Players and personnel

Current squad

The Austin Gilgronis squad for the 2021 Major League Rugby season is: [7]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

PlayerPositionUnion
Robbie Coetzee Hooker Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Mason Koch Hooker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Brendan Rams* Hooker Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Hugh Roach Hooker Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
Phil Hanson Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jamie Mackintosh Prop Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Mason Pedersen Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Paddy Ryan Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jake Turnbull Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
LaRome White Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Kyle Breytenbach Lock Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Sebastian de Chaves Lock Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Reegan O'Gorman Lock Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Christian Ostberg Lock Flag of the United States.svg United States
Isaac Ross Lock Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Moe Abdelmonem Flanker Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Dom Bailey Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Michael de Waal* Flanker Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Maclean Jones Flanker Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
Dominic Akina Number 8 Flag of the United States.svg United States
Cam Dodson* Number 8 Flag of England.svg England
Lachlan McCaffrey Number 8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
PlayerPositionUnion
Pele Cowley Scrum-half Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa
Ruben de Haas Scrum-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Sidney Shoop Scrum-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Marcelo Torrealba Scrum-half Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Will Magie Fly-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Kurt Morath Fly-half Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga
Bryce Campbell (c) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ned Hodson* Centre IRFU flag.svg Ireland
Mack Mason Centre Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
Lui Sitama Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Cole Davis Wing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Frank Halai Wing Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Jeff Hassler Wing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Nick Johnson Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Rodrick Waters Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Zinzan Elan-Puttick* Fullback Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Conner Mooneyham Fullback Flag of the United States.svg United States
David Still Fullback Flag of the United States.svg United States

Head coaches

Captains

Records

Season standings

YearPosPldWDLFA+/−BPPtsPlayoffs
Austin Elite
2018 5th8305224238−14618Did not qualify
2019 9th160016263482−21955Did not qualify
Austin Gilgronis
2020 11th5113104155-617  Season cut short due to Coronavirus Pandemic

2018 season

DateOpponentHome/AwayResult
March 25 San Diego Legion°HomeLost, 24–32
March 31 New Orleans Gold°AwayLost, 17–48
April 7New Orleans Gold°HomeLost, 10–38
April 21 Glendale Raptors AwayLost, 26–41
April 28 Houston SaberCats AwayLost, 38–50
May 3New Orleans GoldHomeWon, 30–17
May 11 Utah Warriors AwayLost, 22–41
May 25San Diego LegionHomeWon, 31–5
June 1Utah WarriorsHomeWon, 41–33
June 8 Seattle Seawolves HomeLost, 19–20
June 17San Diego LegionAwayLost, 10–24

° = Exhibition games

2019 season

Exhibition

DateOpponentHome/AwayResult
January 11 Houston SaberCats AwayWon, 14–10
January 19Dallas RedsAwayPostponed

Regular season

DateOpponentHome/AwayResult
January 26Houston SaberCatsHomeLost, 20–21
February 1 Utah Warriors HomeLost, 9–17
February 8 Toronto Arrows HomeLost, 19–23
February 17 Glendale Raptors HomeLost, 13–24
February 23 San Diego Legion HomeLost, 17–45
March 9Glendale RaptorsAwayLost, 19–38
March 16 Seattle Seawolves HomeLost, 17–29
March 23 New Orleans Gold AwayLost, 31–35
March 30 Rugby United New York HomeLost, 11–19
April 7San Diego LegionAwayLost, 15–45
April 27Utah WarriorsAwayLost, 19–35
May 4New Orleans GoldHomeLost, 14–26
May 9Toronto ArrowsAwayLost, 13–24
May 19Rugby United New YorkAwayLost, 7–27
May 25Houston SaberCatsAwayLost, 15–36
June 2Seattle SeawolvesAwayLost, 26–38

2020 season

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to fears surrounding the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic. [9] It was cancelled the following week [10]

Regular season

DateOpponentHome/AwayResult
February 9 Toronto Arrows HomeLost, 10–38
February 15 Rugby United New York AwayLost, 31–49
February 22 Utah Warriors HomeDraw, 20–20
February 29 Old Glory DC HomeLost, 19–28
March 7 Houston SaberCats AwayWon, 24–20
March 15 San Diego Legion HomeCancelled
March 21 Colorado Raptors AwayCancelled
March 28 Rugby ATL HomeCancelled
April 4 Seattle Seawolves HomeCancelled
April 18Utah WarriorsAwayCancelled
April 26Houston SaberCatsHomeCancelled
May 3San Diego LegionAwayCancelled
May 9 New England Free Jacks AwayCancelled
May 17Colorado RaptorsHomeCancelled
May 23 New Orleans Gold AwayCancelled
May 31Seattle SeawolvesAwayCancelled

2021 season

Regular season

DateOpponentHome/AwayResult
Match 20 Utah Warriors HomeLost, 28–30
Match 28 San Diego Legion HomeLost, 11–14
April 3 Houston SaberCats HomeWon, 26–0
April 10 New Orleans Gold AwayWon, 18–15
April 17 Rugby ATL HomeWon, 17-15
April 25 Seattle Seawolves HomeWon, 42-15
May 8 New England Free Jacks AwayLost, 18-22
May 15 Rugby United New York HomeWon, 16-9
May 19 LA Giltinis HomeLost, 3-17
May 29Utah WarriorsAwayLost, 24-45
June 5Houston SaberCatsAwayWon, 28-9
June 12 Toronto Arrows HomeWon, 47-21
June 20Seattle SeawolvesAwayWon, 36-31
June 26San Diego LegionAwayWon, 33-14
July 10LA GiltinisAwayLost, 17-31
July 17 Old Glory DC AwayLost, 25-29

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