Faka'osi Pifeleti (second from the left) tries to break a tackle near the goal line for San Diego Legion.
Faka’osi Pifeleti (second from left) tries to break a tackle near the goal line for San Diego Legion in 2020. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego Legion takes on Rugby United New York in its home opener at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Las Vegas area, a year after the pandemic shortened their season.

The match, to be televised by FOX 5 San Diego, will be played at a pop-up stadium that is closed to the public due to the pandemic.

Viewers also may watch the match live via The Rugby Network, a streaming platform.

The Legion, Major League Rugby’s San Diego team, began the season 5-0 last year, only to see their unbeaten season ended by COVID-19. The pandemic is still having an impact, forcing the team leadership’s decision to play home games in Las Vegas this season.

Returning players include Josh Furno, Pete Malcolm, Joe Pietersen and Faka’osi Pifeleti. Newcomers include Cecil Afrika, Bjorn Basson and Chris Robshaw.

The Legion took part in a March 10 scrimmage with the Seattle Seawolves, who beat them for the MLR championship in 2019.

Their season continues through July 10. After the opener with Rugby United NY, they play road games in Austin, Atlanta and Houston before returning home April 17 to face the Utah Warriors.

The April 3 and 10 matches will air on FS2.

Established in 2017, the Legion is part of a 12-team league. The team played its 2018-2020 games at Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego and will temporarily relocate to Las Vegas for the 2021 season.

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