SDL Announce Establishment of Legion Rugby Foundation and Academy


San Diego Legion Announce Establishment of Legion Rugby Foundation and Academy



San Diego, CA.— The San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby franchise, announced the creation of the Legion Rugby Foundation along with the Legion Rugby Academy. The Foundation is established as a 501c3 charitable corporation dedicated to the education, development and promotion of youth rugby in the San Diego Community.

As part of the Foundation, the Legion Academy will provide services, support and activation to bring more awareness and hands on experience with the sport. Offering youth rugby camps, high-performance training as well as individual player and team coaching provided by professional San Diego Legion players. Additionally, the Foundation will be working with the San Diego School Districts to introduce non-contact flag rugby in Elementary and Middle schools throughout the county.

San Diego Legion’s Backs Coach, Zach Test, has been appointed Academy Director. As the most capped USA Rugby 7’s player with 65 Tournaments, Tests’ experience and passion is the perfect combination to lead the Academy. “This provides a fantastic opportunity for youth players of all levels in San Diego to learn the game from some of the worlds most talented professionals. The San Diego Legion players and coaches are committed to supporting the local community to provide unique opportunities found nowhere else in the U.S.” added Test.

Mike Teo and Ryan Matyas, both USA Rugby (Eagles) players will be joining Test, and the Academy, as High-Performance coaches with additional announcements in the coming weeks.


About San Diego Legion

Founded in 2018, San Diego Legion is part of the professional Major League Rugby organization, one of eight founding teams launching in the US. Featuring a mixture of the most talented athletes from around the globe, including international provincial all-stars combined with domestic talent from North America, to showcase the best professional rugby has to offer.

Beyond the pitch, SD Legion is committed to building a grassroots community around the sport of rugby in Southern California. By creating outreach programs to bring new players to the game and high-performance pathways to keep the best athletes in the sport, the Legion works closely with local clubs, high schools and college programs to create the competitive pathway to elevate the American game to the next level.

All home games are hosted at the University of San Diego Torero Stadium, the perfect destination for rugby fans and families to experience the game up close and personal. For more information about San Diego Legion, follow the Major League Rugby team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit | @SanDiegoLegion | @SDLegion | #sdlegion


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