32 Austin Gilgronis Best Players of All Time

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32 Austin Gilgronis Best Players

The Austin Gilgronis are a professional rugby union team based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2017 as the Austin Elite, they have become one of the most successful teams to compete in Major League Rugby since joining the league that same year. The team has consistently produced some of the best players and coaches while being at the forefront of innovation within American rugby culture. With their passionate fanbase and commitment to excellence on and off-field, it’s no surprise why these Texan heroes are adored by so many.

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1. Mack Mason

Mack Mason Career

  • 2016-2018: Eastern Suburbs
  • 2015–2016: Queensland Country
  • 2017: Greater Sydney Rams
  • 2018–2019: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2021–2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2017-2019: Waratahs

Mack Mason was born in Cairns, Queensland on 19 January 1996. Mack played rugby union for Anglican Church Grammar School before being signed by Eastern Suburbs in 2015.

In 2017 Mack made 37 appearances for Eastern Suburbs and scored 280 points including a try against the Melbourne Rebels in the final game of the season which gave them their third premiership title since 2007.

On 15 November 2018 Mack transferred to Austin Gilgronis and will play fly-half for them during their inaugural season in the National Rugby Championship competition next year Mack Mason is a tough and powerful forward who is looking to make an impact in the Queensland Country side this season.

The 24-year-old has played for both NSW Country Eagles and the Waratahs over the past two seasons, impressing with his hard running and physicality on the attack. 

With Mack in the lineup, Queensland Country are expected to be one of the strongest teams in Australia this year, particularly given their strong set-piece play.

Look for Mason to continue playing at a high level throughout 2019 and 2020, with a potential Super Rugby future likely if he continues developing as planned.

2. Bryce Campbell

Bryce Campbell Career

  • 2014–2017: Indiana
  • 2017–2018: Glendale Raptors
  • 2018–2020: London Irish
  • 2021–2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2022-: Chicago Hounds
  • 2016–2017: USA Selects
  • 2016–: United States

Bryce Campbell is a rugby union player who has represented Indiana University in the past and currently plays for Glendale Raptors. Bryce Campbell is an athletic center who can play both sides of the scrum and also provide some creative ball handling.

Bryce Campbell has been playing rugby since he was young, and his hard work and dedication have paid off as he now represents one of the top teams in America. 

Despite being relatively new to professional-level rugby, Bryce Campbell has made a name for himself with Glendale Raptors over the past two seasons, scoring many points along the way.

With his athleticism, strength and skillset, Bryce Campbell will be looking to build on his current success when he joins up with Indiana again next season Bryce Campbell is a professional rugby player who currently plays for London Irish. 

Bryce was born in the US but moved to England as a child and developed his rugby skills there. He made his international debut for the USA Selects in 2016 and has since played for them at various junior-level tournaments.

In 2018, he signed with Premiership side, Harlequins, on a two-year contract and became their first American player ever to join their squad. Bryce is known for his speed and athleticism which make him an effective runner or ball carrier.

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3. Hugh Roach

New South Wales Waratahs

Hugh Roach Career

  • 2012–2018: Eastwood
  • 2013–2018: Waratahs
  • 2014–2017: Greater Sydney Rams
  • 2019: Rebels
  • 2019: Tasman
  • 2020: Crusaders
  • 2021–2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2021: USA Perpignan
  • 2023–present: Chicago Hounds
  • 2009–2010: Australia Schoolboys
  • 2011–2012: Australia Under 20

Hugh Roach was born on September 11th, 1992 in Sydney, Australia. He attended Newington College and played rugby union for Eastwood from 2012-2018. 

Hugh is a hooker and has represented Australia at the junior level and the Under 20s side in 2013 & 2016 respectively.

 In 2018 he won the NSW Country Rugby Championship title with Eastwood, defeating Tamworth 32-13 in the final.

Hugh is currently playing club rugby for Randwick Petersham which competes in both division 1 of the National Rugby League (NRL) competition and provides opportunities to test oneself against some of Sydney’s best sides including Cronulla Sharks, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

 Parramatta Eels Hugh Roach is an Australian rugby player who has played for the Waratahs and Greater Sydney Rams in Super Rugby.

He made his international debut for Australia in 2009 and has since earned 41 caps, scoring 50 points. Hugh is a powerful ball carrier and one of the premier openside flankers in world rugby. He joined the Chicago Hounds at the start of 2019 as their new head coach, looking to turn them into a successful American club side.

4. Will Magie

Denver Stampede

Will Magie Career

  • 2012–13: Otley
  • 2013–14: Ealing Trailfinders
  • 2014–15: Old Albanian
  • 2016: Denver Stampede
  • 2016–2018: Ealing Trailfinders
  • 2017–2019: Glendale Raptors
  • 2019–2020: London Scottish F.C.
  • 2020–2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2011–12: United States under-20
  • 2017–2021: United States

Will Magie is a fly-half and full-back who has played for Otley in the Yorkshire Carnegie League and Ealing Trailfinders in the RFU Championship.

Magie represented England at under 16, under-18, and Under-20 levels before making his international debut against Wales in 2012. 

In 2013 Magie signed with Otley on a two-year deal but left to join Ealing Trailfinders ahead of the 2014 season where he made 2 appearances for the club prior to being released at the end of that campaign.

Will joined Austin Gilgronis' side, Oldham Roughyeds, ahead of their inaugural season in 2018. He regularly featured throughout the campaign scoring 8 tries from 26 appearances including 4 starts during their playoff run which saw them reach. 

The Million Pound Game 7th place finishes losing 45–24 to Wigan Warriors in front of a sold-out stadium at Manchester Central Stadium Will Magie is a professional basketball player who has been playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several years now.

He was born on October 10, 1991, in Houston, Texas, and raised there until he moved to Colorado Springs when he was just a teenager. In high school, Will played football and baseball but decided to focus on basketball after seeing his older brother play at an AAU game. 

He attended the University of Wyoming where he received national attention as one of the best players in America and helped lead his team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances before being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 24th pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

After three seasons with Philly, MAGIE signed with Denver Nuggets where he averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds off the bench during his first two years there before breaking out as a starter during the 2016–17 season - averaging 17 points per game while shooting 47% from 3-point range en route to winning Most Improved Player Award. 

The 6'7" forward spent the 2018–19 season with Ealing Trailfinders in England before signing with Glendale Raptors as a free agent this past offseason; appearing in 40 games (35 starts) so far this year scoring 16 points per contest while also dishing out 4 assists along with 2 blocks for good measure.

5. Christian Ostberg

Christian Ostberg Career

  • 2016–2020: Aurillac
  • 2021–2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2023: American Raptors
  • 2013: United States U20s
  • 2016: USA Selects

Christian Ostberg was born in the United States on 19 July 1994. The 28-year-old lock has played rugby union for Team USA since he was just 15 years old and is now a senior player with over 100 caps to his name.

Christian Ostberg is renowned as one of the best blindside flankers in world rugby and has been praised by former players such as Matt Giteau for his outstanding skills on the field. 

In May 2018, Christian Ostberg announced his retirement from international rugby after playing 95 matches for Team USA over six years - an impressive record that few other players can boast.

Christian Ostberg is a talented young goalkeeper who has been playing for Aurillac since 2016. Christian Ostberg has already made an impact on the team, having played in five matches and conceded only one goal. 

He will be looking to continue this good form with the USA Selects next year, and hopefully see some time on the national team too. Christian Ostberg is a promising young goalkeeper who looks set to make a name for himself in the future.

6. Pele Cowley

Pele Cowley Career

  • 2015; Counties Manukau
  • 2016–2017: Waikato
  • 2016/2017: Cardiff Blues
  • 2020: Counties Manukau
  • 2020-: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2014: Samoa

Pele Cowley is a halfback for the Waikato Rugby Union team. Pele has represented New Zealand at the youth level and was part of the side that won the World Youth Cup in 2013.

He made his debut for Waikato in 2016 and has since played 33 matches scoring 103 points including 5 tries. In May 2019, Pele was named to the New Zealand squad to tour Europe later in the year.

Outside of rugby, Pele is an economics student at Mount Albert Grammar School where he achieved a 1st class honors degree with distinction in 2017. 

His cousin Sean Maitland also plays rugby union for Waikato and represents New Zealand internationally Pele Cowley is a professional rugby union player who currently plays for the Counties Manukau side.

Pele has represented his country Samoa numerous times and was part of their squad that competed in the 2014 World Cup. He has also played for Blues, Crusaders, and Hurricanes, among other teams, over the course of his career. 

In 2017, he signed with Counties Manukau after spending two seasons playing for Cardiff Blues in Wales. As a member of the Counties Manukau side, Cowley has helped them to three consecutive championship titles, which he hopes to add to this season as well.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to have taken up rugby union and remains an influential figure both on and off the pitch today.

7. Maclean Jones

Maclean Jones Career

  • 2016-2019: Warringah Rats
  • 2015–2016: Queensland Country
  • 2017–2019: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2018: Sydney Rays
  • 2021-2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2023-present: Chicago Hounds
  • 2017: Waratahs

Maclean Jones is a rugby union player who has represented Australia at the senior level. He started his career with Warringah Rats in 2015-2016 and then moved to Sydney Uni for the 2017-2019 season.

Maclean Jones is known for his powerful running and strong tackling abilities from the number eight position on the blindside flanker role. 

His achievements include representing Australia at the U20s level and being named in the Australian squad for The Rugby Championship tournament in 2018 where he made one appearance off the bench against Argentina XV.

In 2019, Maclean Jones signed a two-year contract extension with Sydney Uni which will see him continue playing rugby until at least 2021-22 seasons Maclean Jones is a rugby player for the Queensland Country Eagles. 

He has represented NSW Country Eagles in the Super Rugby competition. Maclean Jones also plays for Sydney Rays in the Australian National Rugby Championship (ANZAC) competition.

In 2017, he made his international debut for Australia against New Zealand and played a total of 10 matches on tour. 

Maclean Jones grew up playing football but switched to rugby when he was sixteen after being introduced to the sport by a friend at school who had just moved to Queensland from Wales. 

After starting out playing club rugby with Brisbane-based side Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Jones caught the eye of Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika who offered him an opportunity to trial with their squad ahead of the 2016 season.

Jones made his first team debut during that year's Super Rugby campaign and went on to play four more matches before being released at the end of that season due to injury.

8. Sebastian de Chaves

Sebastian de Chaves Career

  • 2012–2013: Mont de Marsan
  • 2013–2016: Leicester Tigers
  • 2016−2019: London Irish
  • 2019–: Newcastle Falcons
  • 2020: London Irish
  • 2021–2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2021: Wasps
  • 2012: Golden Lions
  • 2010: South Africa Under-20

Sebastian de Chaves is a rugby union player who has played for Leicester Tigers and London Irish. He was born in Johannesburg in 1990 and attended De La Salle Holy Cross College before playing for the Sharks, Cheetahs and Mont de Marsan.

In 2012, he made his debut for Leicester Tigers against Northampton Saints and went on to play 67 times over the next three seasons including 19 appearances during the 2016-2017 season as they reached the Premiership final. 

He joined London Irish at the end of 2017 but left after just one season due to personal reasons; this led him to join the French side Mont de Marsan where he currently plays club rugby.

Sebastian de Chaves is a professional rugby player who plays for Newcastle Falcons. He has played in the Guinness PRO14, European Rugby Champions Cup, and Anglo-Welsh Cup. 

In March 2019 he was named to England's senior squad for the first time ahead of their Six Nations Championship campaign. 

De Chaves made his debut for London Irish in October 2017 and went on to make 47 appearances for them over four seasons before joining Wasps in February 2020.

At the international level de Chaves has represented Portugal at U19, U20, and Senior levels since making his debut against Spain U19s back in 2013 aged just 16 years old - scoring two tries along the way.

Also Played For: newcastle falcons

9. Robbie Coetzee


Robbie Coetzee Career

  • 2006–2007: Blue Bulls
  • 2008–2009; Free State Cheetahs
  • 2010: Blue Bulls
  • 2010–2011: UP Tuks
  • 2012; Blue Bulls
  • 2013–2019: Golden Lions XV
  • 2013–2018: Golden Lions
  • 2013–2019: Lions

Rob Coetzee is a hooker for Austin Gilgronis and has played in the Super Rugby competition since 2012. He started playing rugby union at Hoërskool Eldoraigne and represented Blue Bulls Youth before making his debut for the senior side in 2006.

After being called up to the Springboks squad, he made his Test début against Wales in 2009 and went on to play 11 Tests over two years, including 3 as captain of South Africa. 

In 2013, he signed with French Top 14 club Racing Metro 92 where he spent one season before returning to South Africa ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season with Austin Gilgronis.

Rob Coetzee was named Hooker of the Year at SARU's annual awards ceremony after helping lead Austin Gilgronis to their first-ever finals appearance in the 2017/18 season which they lost 28-19 against Crusaders in Christchurch Robbie Coetzee is a professional rugby player who most recently played for the Blue Bulls in South Africa. 

Robbie started playing rugby at an early age, and quickly developed into one of the country's top players.

Robbie has represented his country on numerous occasions and was part of the team that won the 2017 Currie Cup title. Robbie is currently contracted to play for Golden Lions XV in Europe, but he is always looking to represent his home country again in future tournaments. 

Robbie is an all-around Rugby talent and can play as either a Prop or Scrumhalf depending on the situation of the game. In addition to playing professionally, Robbie also enjoys competing in triathlons and running marathons - both events are a testament to his dedication to fitness and healthy living habits.

Also Played For: dallas jackals

10. Isaac Ross

Isaac Ross Career

  • 2006–2010: Canterbury
  • 2007–2010: Crusaders
  • 2008: Highlanders
  • 2011: Chiefs
  • 2011–2020: NTT Shining Arcs
  • 2020: Tasman
  • 2021: Austin Gilgronis

Isaac Ross is a New Zealand international rugby union player representing his country at 2007, 2011, and 2015 Rugby World Cups. 

He made his test debut for the All Blacks in 2003 against Wales and went on to play 79 tests before retiring from international rugby in 2016.

After retirement from international rugby, Isaac Ross moved into coaching with Auckland outfit North Harbour and was appointed head coach of Tasman province in 2018. 

Isaac Ross is married to Australian netballer Steph Hancock and they have two sons together - Max (born 2009) and Brayden (born 2013).

In 2019, he was announced as the new head coach of Austin Gilgronis RFC in San Francisco after previously coaching them during their inaugural season in 2017-18 Isaac Ross is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays for the Crusaders in Super Rugby. 

He made his debut for the Crusaders in 2009 and has since become a regular starter, playing 53 games over six seasons.

In 2016, he was named captain of the side ahead of the playoffs that saw them reach their third consecutive Final. Outside of rugby, Ross is an economics student at Canterbury University and also played basketball for their team before dropping out due to injury. 

He represented Māori All Blacks on both provincial and national levels and was part of the squad that competed in Europe this year and made appearances against Tonga and Samoa.

11. Cole Davis

Cole Davis Career

  • 2021: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2017: Canada U20
  • 2018: Canada
  • 2019: Canada Sevens

Cole Davis is a Canadian rugby union player who has played for Austin Gilgronis in the past. Cole was born on July 6th, 1997, and stands at 1.88 meters tall (6 feet 2 inches) and weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds).

He started playing Rugby Union when he was just eight years old and quickly became one of the best players in his age group. In 2020, Cole signed with Austin Gilgronis as their new wing partner and has since made an impact both on and off the pitch, scoring five tries in eight appearances so far this season.

With his quick reflexes, powerful running style, and accurate passing abilities, Cole is sure to be a key member of any team he joins next - whether that’s in Canada or abroad remains to be seen. 

Cole Davis is a Canadian rugby union player who has played for the Canada U20 and Canada Sevens teams since 2017. Cole Davis primarily plays as a scrum-half, but can also play as a fly-half or in the centers.

He has been praised for his speed, passing ability, and kicking skills. In 2018, Cole Davis was named captain of the Canada Sevens team which competed at the World Rugby Sevens Series event in San Francisco. 

The team finished 7th overall out of 16 teams competing. As of February 2022, Cole Davis had scored 10 points in 7 international appearances for Canada, including 4 apps during their most recent tournament -the Americas Pacific Challenge - where they lost to Chile 36-24 in the final round-robin stage.

12. Frank Halai


Frank Halai Career

  • 2010–2011: Waikato
  • 2012–2015: Counties Manukau
  • 2013–2015: Blues
  • 2015–2017: Wasps
  • 2017–2019: Pau
  • 2020-2021: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2013: New Zealand
  • 2013–2014; Barbarian F.C.
  • 2014: New Zealand Barbarians
  • 2011–2012: New Zealand

Frank Halai is a wing who has represented both Waikato and Counties Manukau in the New Zealand rugby union system. He made his debut for the Waikato Blues in 2012, before joining Wasps in 2015.

In total, he has played 41 matches for Wasps since making his debut, scoring 70 points during that time. His most recent appearance was as a replacement against Northampton Saints on 18 December 2017.

Frank Halai is currently contracted to play with Austin Gilgronis' side, the Austin Blacks, until 2020 Frank Halai is a powerful, destructive player for the Blues. He has been with the club since its inception in 2013 and has quickly become one of its most important players.

His speed and aggression on the field make him difficult to stop, but he can also score goals from anywhere on the pitch.

Halai is still young, so there's plenty of room for him to grow both as a player and person within rugby league; he could be an integral part of New Zealand's future success-both domestically and internationally.

13. Marcel Brache

Western Force

Marcel Brache Career

  • 2010–2011: UCT Ikey Tigers
  • 2010–2013: Western Province
  • 2012: Stormers 1
  • 2014–2017: Perth Spirit
  • 2014–2021: Western Force
  • 2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2016: United States

Marcel Brache is a centre and wing with Western Force in the Super Rugby competition. He started playing rugby union at Rondebosch Boys' High School before moving to the University of Cape Town to continue his education.

Marcel made his professional debut for Ikey Tigers in 2010, scoring 24 points in 15 games during that season's Currie Cup Premier Division campaign. In 2011, he joined Western Force and has since played 50 matches, including 23 starts, for the team across three seasons of Super Rugby competition.

Marcel is highly rated within South African rugby circles and was named on the bench for their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad which reached the quarter-finals stage where they were defeated by eventual winners New Zealand 33–13 in Port Elizabeth.

In February 2018 it was announced that Marcel had signed a long-term contract extension with Western Force until 2021 Marcel Brache is a powerful lock forward who has played for Western Province and Perth Spirit in the Super Rugby competition.

He made his debut for the United States national team in 2016 and has since become a regular member of their squad. Marcel Brache is one of several key players that the USA hope can help them qualify for the World Cup next year. 

Marcel Brache is an experienced player who will be crucial to helping the USA reach its goals this season.

14. Kurt Morath

Kurt Morath Career

  • 2013/14: Kubota Spears
  • 2014/15: Biarritz
  • 2015/2016: San Diego Breakers
  • 2017/2018: Utah Warriors
  • 2018/19: Doncaster Knights
  • 2020-: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2008/09: Ciencias Sevilla
  • 2009/10: Clonakilty RFC
  • 2006: Auckland
  • 2006−07: Taranaki
  • 2009–: Tonga

Kurt Morath was born in Takapuna, New Zealand on 13 November 1984. He played rugby union for Hamilton Boys' High School and Clonakilty RFC before joining the professional side Austin Gilgronis in 2013/14.

Kurt has represented New Zealand at the under-20 and under-23 levels, as well as playing for the Maori All Blacks U21 team in 2009.

 Kurt has also had a successful career as a fly half with Clonakilty RFC and Munster during his time playing rugby union professionally.

Kurt is currently contracted to play with Austin Gilgronis until 2020 Kurt Morath was born in Germany and is a professional basketball player. 

He played college ball at the University of Utah, where he won a national championship in his senior year. Kurt played professionally in Europe for several years before coming to the United States and signing with the San Diego Breakers in 2018.

In his first season with the Breakers, Kurt helped lead them to an appearance in the playoffs as well as winning their division title. 

Kurt is currently playing for Kubota Spears of France's LNB Pro A league, where he continues to be one of the team's most consistent players both on and off the court. 

Kurt is widely considered one of the best shooting guards in European basketball, and will no doubt continue to improve over time while playing abroad.

15. Ryan Louwrens

Melbourne Rebels

Ryan Louwrens Career

  • 2015–2016: Perth Spirit
  • 2018–2021: Kintetsu Liners
  • 2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2014–2017: Western Force
  • 2020: Melbourne Rebels
  • 2022–: Melbourne Rebels

Ryan Louwrens was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1991. He attended Churchlands High School in Perth and played rugby union for Kintetsu Liners and Austin Gilgronis during his senior career.

Ryan has represented Australia at the Under 20 level and won a silver medal at the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship. In 2018, he rejoined Perth Spirit after two seasons with Kintetsu Liners where he made 18 appearances for the club.

Ryan Louwrens is a South African rugby union player, who most recently played for the Australian Waratahs in Super Rugby. He has represented his country at both junior and senior levels, making his debut in 2014 against Zimbabwe. 

In 2018 he was included in the Springboks squad for their tour of Argentina but did not feature in any games due to injury.

Following that season he signed with English side Gloucester until 2021. Ryan Louwrens is a powerful forward who likes to run hard into contact; this style of play has seen him score many tries over the years at the club and international levels alike.

He is known as one of the hardest workers on the field and brings an enormous amount of physicality to each game he plays – something which will be crucial if Gloucester is to make it past Round 1 of the Premiership next season.

Although born and raised in Cape Town, Ryan Louwrens now calls Sydney home with his wife and three young daughters.

His long-term goal is to represent South Africa again at the full international level once he retires from professional rugby league.

16. Jamie Mackintosh


Jamie Mackintosh Career

  • 2015–2016: Montpellier
  • 2016: Ohio Aviators
  • 2016–19: Pau
  • 2020-: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2004–2015: Southland
  • 2020-: Otago
  • 2007–2013: Highlanders
  • 2014–2015: Chiefs
  • 2005–2006: New Zealand Colts
  • 2008-2009: New Zealand
  • 2015-2018: Barbarian F.C.

Jamie Mackintosh is a prop who has played for the New Zealand national team on numerous occasions. He made his international debut in 2007 and has since gone on to play 83 times for the All Blacks, scoring 15 tries.

Jamie Mackintosh also played for Ohio Aviators in the USA Pro Rugby competition before joining Montpellier this season.

Jamie Mackintosh is known as one of the most powerful props in world rugby and his ability to break through opposition defenses is unrivaled.

His hard work off the pitch has seen him become an advocate for mental health awareness among sportsmen and women, which he discusses regularly with media outlets around the world.

In 2013, Jamie Mackintosh married Australian golfer Karrie Webb, with whom he shares two children Jamie Mackintosh is a professional rugby player who plays for the Southland Stags in New Zealand.

Jamie Mackintosh was born on 22nd October 1991 in Invercargill, New Zealand. Jamie Mackintosh attended Lincoln High School where he played for the school's First XV and represented Otago at the provincial level. 

After graduating from high school, Jamie Mackintosh signed with the Southland Stags of New Zealand's Mitre 10 Cup competition and made his debut against Tasman on 26th July 2009 at Rotorua International Stadium.

In 2013, Jamie Macintyre was named as one of two vice-captains for the Southland side which competed in their first-ever season in The National Provincial Championship (NPC). 

That same year, MacIntosh also featured prominently for Southland during their run to the NPC semifinal stage before eventually losing out to Canterbury by 28 points – an eventual playoff runner in the position that saw them earn promotion back to The ITM Cup Premiership Competition.

Jamie MacIntosh score his first try since making his senior début during a 41–20 victory over Counties Manukau at Trustpower Park; followed closely behind by another brace of tries against Taranaki, helping secure a 29–16 win over their cross-town rivals. 

JamieMacintisky as he helped lead SOUTHLAND to third place overall and qualification into next year’s Super Rugby Qualifier tournament - ultimately resulting in him being selected onto The All Blacks’ bench twice throughout the course of the regular season.

17. Chris Mattina

Chris Mattina Career

  • 2015–2017: Wilmington RFC
  • 2017–2019: NYAC
  • 2018: San Diego Legion
  • 2019–2021: Rugby United New York
  • 2022: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2017: USA Falcons
  • 2018: United States

Chris Mattina was born on 31 March 1993 in Manhattan, New York. Chris attended Xavier High School where he played for the rugby union team and graduated in 2012.

After graduation, Chris went to the University of Delaware where he played for the college side and captained the squad during his time there. 

In 2015, Chris joined Austin Gilgronis in their inaugural season as a professional club and has since made over 50 appearances for them across all positions including centre, wing, full back and fly half.

Outside of rugby union, Chris is involved with many charities that focus on helping children such as Make-A-Wish Foundation USA and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). 

He also volunteers his time coaching younger players at local clubs around New York City through Rugby For All NYC programme run by SU2C.

Having represented both America's National Team (the Eagles) at the U20 level before being called up to train with the senior side regularly throughout 2017Chris is now looking forward to representing his country at the international level later this year when they compete in The Americas Rugby Championship (CAR).

I’ve been playing rugby my whole life," says Mattina about why it became so important to him growing up "It was always something I enjoyed doing with my friends – we would go play outside or set up some makeshift goals inside our houses.

Rugbyunion's physicality appealed to me because you have to be able" -Mattina continues-"You can’t just depend on your athleticism; you have got to put in a lot of hard work too if you want results...you really feel like you are putting everything into it.

Playing professionally has definitely given me a new perspective on life," says Mattina who credits training sessions with Gilgronis alongside tough love from head coach Martin Skelton for moulding him into the player he is today Chris Mattina is a rugby player who has represented the United States in international competition. 

He was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, where he currently plays for Rugby United New York (RUNA). Mattina joined RUNA as a rookie in 2018 after playing college rugby at the American University of Rome. 

In his first season with RUNA, Chris helped the team take second place in the National Championship tournament - their best finish to date. As one of only two professional players on the team roster, Mattina brings valuable experience and leadership to RUNA during their inaugural season as an organization. 

Chris is also a member of the USA Falcons Sevens team, which competed at both the World Series tournaments this year and next summer’s Olympics Qualifiers tournament ahead of Tokyo 2020 – his home country’s bid for Olympic gold.

18. Luke Beauchamp

Luke Beauchamp Career

  • 2012-2018: Brothers Old Boys
  • 2014: Queensland Country
  • 2015-2016: Brisbane City
  • 2019-present: Houston Sabercats
  • 2011: Australia u19s

Luke Beauchamp was born in Brisbane, Queensland on 8 October 1992. He attended Marist Brothers Ashgrove and played rugby union for Brothers Old Boys between 2012-2018.

Luke is a flanker and made his debut for the Australian national team in 2018 against Georgia. In total he has been part of 36 international matches, scoring 3 tries and contributing 47 points to Australia's tally during that time span.

Outside of rugby union, Luke enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf; he currently holds a handicap index of 2 which suggests that he is still developing as a player. Beauchamp is a rugby league footballer who plays for the Brisbane City Broncos in the National Rugby League.

He has played for Queensland Country since 2019 and made his debut for Australia U19s in 2011. Beauchamp was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland and attended Nudgee College before going on to play for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the NSW Cup. 

In 2018, he signed with the Broncos after being released by Gold Coast Titans following their relegation from NRL competition.

Beauchamp represented Australia at the under-16 level and under-18 level before making his first international appearance against New Zealand U20s during their tour of Australia in 2016. 

In September 2017, Beauchamp was named as captain of Queensland Country ahead of their clash against Papua New Guinea Waratahs later that month which they won 55-14 thanks to four tries from Beauchamp himself including two long-range efforts. 

After representing Queensland Country at both State Of Origin II (2018) and III (2019), he made his Kangaroos debut against England during an end-of-year Four Nations Tournament match on 14th December 2019.

19. Marcelo Torrealba

Marcelo Torrealba Career

  • 2014−2018: Old Grangonian Club
  • 2018−2021: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2022: Selknam
  • 2015: Chile u20s
  • 2018-: Chile
  • 2014: Chile

Marcelo Torrealba is a 26-year-old Chilean rugby union player who currently plays for Austin Gilgronis in the USA. Marcelo started playing rugby at the age of six and has since developed into one of the most promising players in his country.

He made his debut for Chile aged just 18 and played a key role as they reached the semi-finals of the Under 20 World Cup later that year. 

In 2018, he joined Old Grangonian Club on a season-long contract – making him eligible to represent both Chile and America at the international level simultaneously.

Marcelo is known for his intelligent play-off halfback, which allows him to create opportunities for teammates downfield with accurate passing; he also possesses excellent stamina and tackling skills which make him an essential part of any team’s defense.

Marcelo Torrealba is a Chilean footballer who currently plays for Austin Gilgronis in the United States.

He has played for Chile at the under-20 level and made his senior debut in 2015. In 2018, he was part of the Chile national team that reached the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario. 

Torrealba also represented Chile at international sevens tournaments, having competed at both the 2014 and 2016 editions of Rugby World Cup Sevens where they achieved a fourth place on each occasion.

He started playing football with local side Colo-Colo before moving to Europe to play for Racing Santander, Udinese Calcio, and River Plate respectively where he won two Serie A titles apiece during his time there; additionally, he scored 34 goals in 103 appearances across all competitions while representing Udinese Calcio alone. 

Torrealba signed for MLS club Seattle Sounders FC ahead of their inaugural season in 2009 after a successful trial period with them - making him one of only three players from South America (alongside Carlos Vela and Javier Morales) to sign an MLS contract prior to its establishment as a professional league.

He helped Sounders FC reach their first-ever Western Conference Final appearance during his time there before departing midway through 2013 following relegation back down to League One; subsequently joining Mexican outfit Puebla Fútbol Club on loan until January 2014. 

Torrealba then signed permanently with Puebla Fútbol Club later that month but departed again just over six months later due to personal reasons - eventually returning home to join Universidad de Santiago del Estero halfway through 2015. 

Following spells with Uruguayan Primera División side Defensor Sporting (2016−17), Argentine Primera División side San Lorenzo (2017−18), and Colombian Liga MX side Tijuana (2018−19), Torrealba joined newly formed USL club Phoenix Rising ahead of their second season in 2019.

20. Namatahi Waa

Namatahi Waa Career

  • 2014−2017: Northland
  • 2016: Blues
  • 2019: Hawke's Bay
  • 2022: Austin Gilgronis

Namatahi Waa is a New Zealand rugby union player who has played for the Blues and Wellington in the national competition. He made his debut for the Blues in 2013 at age 20 and was part of their side that reached the Mitre 10 Cup final that same year.

In 2017, he switched to play for Wellington where they finished as runners-up in both of their seasons in The Rugby Championship. 

In 2018, Namatahi joined French Top14 side Toulon on a two-year contract starting from the 2020 season Namatahi Waa is a rugby league stadium in Hastings, New Zealand.

It has a capacity of 10,000 people and was opened on 24 November 2010. The venue hosted the final match of the 2011 Rugby League World Cup between Australia and New Zealand as well as several international test matches including one against England in May 2013 which resulted in an 18-18 draw. 

In March 2018 it was announced that Namatahi Waa would be host to the first-ever women's professional rugby league game in Australasia when Melbourne Storm take on Brisbane Broncos for Round 1 of the Women’s Premiership season on 5 April 2018. 

The stadium also played host to two games during round 2 of Super Rugby 2019; Crusaders vs Highlanders and Blues vs Chiefs.

This will be followed by three more derbies this year – Hurricanes v Reds (19 August), Waratahs v Brumbies (24 September), and Sharks v Lions (7 December). 

Further hosting announcements are expected over the coming months with plans for additional fixtures such as Testimonial matches, concerts, and community festivals being considered alongside sports events. 

As part of its ongoing commitment to growing both men’s & women’s rugby league across all levels globally, StadiumCo has partnered with World Rugby - International Federation that manages world cup tournaments - to develop long-term strategic plans for NamatiWaa going beyond just hosting elite-level sports event s 7.

These include developing pathways into elite competition through targeted coaching education & development programs alongside player identification initiatives. 

Working closely with local schools & businesses to deliver grassroots activation programming around key sporting themes/events, etc.

whilst maintaining an iconic live entertainment element at every home game With global demand is set to continue increasing especially amongst millennials. 

StadiumCo sees significant potential not only in promoting physical activity but also mental health within communities via sustainable positive outcomes from our events.

21. Sam Harris

Sam Harris

Sam Harris is a New Zealand rugby league player who played for the Auckland Warriors in the National Rugby League. He was born in 1980 and started playing rugby league during his school days.

After playing for Auckland's junior side, he made his first-grade debut for the Warriors in 2000 and has since played over 100 games for them. 

In 2004, Sam Harris was selected to represent New Zealand at the international level and he has since played 13 tests and scored five tries, including one against Australia in 2007 which helped seal victory for the Kiwis that year.

Since retiring from professional rugby league in 2009, Sam Harris has focused on various other pursuits such as writing books and making television appearances Sam Harris currently resides with his wife. 

Aliza Flood in Sydney where they have two children Sam Harris is a rugby union player who has represented Australia at the international level. He played for the City NSW side from 2001-2002 and then represented NSW Waratahs between 2007-2008, 2008/2009 and 2010.

His notable achievements include being named in the Wallabies squad for their tour of Europe in 2009 and scoring a try on his debut against Scotland that same year. 

Sam Harris retired from professional rugby after playing two seasons with Sydney club Randwick Rams Rugby Union Club before returning to play for Country Rugby Union side North Eastern Riverina Rebels in 2017 where he currently plays out his final season as Centre.

22. Andrew Suniula

Andrew Suniula Career

  • 2007: Auckland Lions
  • 2007–2009: Manly Sea Eagles
  • 2005–2006: Taranaki
  • 2011–2012: Cornish Pirates
  • 2013–2014: Wasps
  • 2015: București
  • 2016: San Diego Breakers
  • 2018–2019: Austin Elite

Andrew Suniula was born on 1 May 1982 in American Samoa. He played rugby league for the Auckland Lions and Manly Sea Eagles between 2007 and 2009, before switching to rugby union in 2010.

In his debut season with the Waratahs, he helped them win the 2011 Super Rugby Championship. 

He has also represented Australia at the international level, playing 41 test matches since making his debut in 2008.

Andrew is one of only two players to have won a Rugby World Cup medal as both a player (with Australia) and captain (with New South Wales). 

In 2017, he signed a four-year contract extension with the Waratahs that will keep him at the Australian club until 2022 Andrew Suniula was born in New Zealand in 1990.

He played for the Taranaki Chiefs from 2005 to 2006 and then for the Cornish Pirates from 2011 to 2012 before signing with Wasps in 2013. 

With Wasps, he helped them win promotion to the Premiership in 2014 and 2015, appearing in 15 matches each season. After leaving Wasps at the end of the 2015-16 season, Suniula signed with Romanian side București but left after only six appearances due to injury.

In 2018, Suniula moved back up North and joined Austin Elite where he has remained ever since; scoring 14 goals during his senior career so far. 

Andrew is a regular member of both New Zealand's national team (having made 39 appearances) and their under-20 side (having featured 41 times).

23. Fakaʻosi Pifeleti

Fakaʻosi Pifeleti Career

  • 2018: San Diego Legion
  • 2021: United States

Faka'osi Pifeleti is a professional rugby union player who currently plays for the San Francisco Rush in the National Women's Rugby League. Pifeleti attended high school at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California before playing college football at Stanford University.

After graduating from Stanford, she turned to rugby and played for the USA Eagles women's national team on an amateur basis before making her debut with the full national side in February 2017 against Canada. 

Pifeleti has also represented her country at the junior level and was part of the U20 squad that competed at the World Championships in Spain last year where they reached the quarter-finals stage but were beaten by France 41–14.

In 2018, she signed with San Francisco Rush ahead of their inaugural season in NWL and will look to help them win promotion to Super Rugby next year Fakaʻosi Pifeleti is an American football linebacker for the San Diego Legion of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). 

He played college football at Utah State. Pifeleti was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft but did not sign with them.

On May 15, 2019, he signed with the San Diego Legion of the AAF as a free agent. In his first game for San Diego on July 29, 2019, against Hawaii he had eight tackles and two sacks which led to him being named Defensive Player of The Game. 

As an all-star selection for week eleven of play in August 2019 he tallied ten tackles including one sack while leading his team to victory over Arizona. Born and raised Mormon in Salt Lake City, UT., Faka'osi has always been passionate about sports and competition...especially when it comes to defense.

Growing up playing every sport under heaven possible before starting professionally playing organized football at age 8 where I quickly transitioned from running back/wide receiver/safety into linebacker thanks to my coach's realization. 

My unique skill set as well as how physical defensive line play can be so enticing that young athletes sometimes cross boundaries unintentionally between what is considered just “playing” games versus taking part in actual athletics. 

Having competed nationally & internationally both individually (in track) & collaboratively during high school years helped refine my skillset even further preparing me mentally and physically specifically for this next-level adventure called professional gridiron ball -which happens to also fall within LDS Church doctrine.

24. Soheyl Jaoudat

Soheyl Jaoudat Career

  • 2016-2018: Clermont Auvergne
  • 2019: Austin Elite
  • 2019-present: CS Beaune
  • 2016-: Morocco
  • 2016-: Morocco

Soheyl Jaoudat is a 26-year-old full-back who has played for Clermont Auvergne since 2016. He was born in France and started playing rugby at the age of 8.

They made his senior debut for Clermont Auvergne in 2016, and has since gone on to make 18 appearances for the club. In 2018 he helped Clermont Auvergne reach the Top 14 Final, where they were defeated by Toulon 27-24.

Sheryl is also a member of France's national team, having been called up for their 2019 Americas Rugby Championship campaign as well as their upcoming test matches against Samoa and Tonga later this year. 

Outside of rugby union, Soheyl enjoys spending time with friends and family and going hiking or skiing in his free time Soheyl Jaoudat is a Moroccan rugby player who represents the Austin Elite RFC in France.

Jaoudat has represented Morocco on the national team and played in 2016 at the World Rugby Sevens Series. Jaoudat also plays for CS Beaune, where he currently ranks as their second-most capped player with 15 appearances to his name. 

Sheryl was born in Casablanca, Morocco but moved to France as a child and now calls Lyon home; he speaks French fluently and is an avid fan of the Olympique Lyonnais football club. 

In 2019, Soheyl signed for Austin Elite RFC (formerly known as ASM Clermont Auvergne) after spending two seasons playing for CS Beaune - both clubs are based in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of central France.

Outside of rugby, Soheyl enjoys cooking traditional Moroccan dishes and listening to music from his homeland - including Moroccan pop stars like Khaled and Faudel.

25. Peter Malcolm

Peter Malcolm Career

  • Peter was born in Frederick, Maryland in 1994 and played rugby for Wheeling Jesuit University.
  • He made his professional rugby debut in 2016 for the Austin Huns of the USA National Rugby League.
  • In 2017, he joined the Seattle Seawolves and helped lead them to the semi-finals of America's first-ever PRO Rugby tournament.
  • Peter is known for his speed, agility, precision, leadership, and teamwork on the field.
  • His career prospects are promising as he continues to develop his skills and gain experience at higher levels of play.

Peter Malcolm is a professional rugby player who currently plays for Seattle Seawolves in the United States PRO Rugby competition. 

Peter was born in Frederick, Maryland on April 3rd, 1994, and attended Stoneman Douglas High School before going to Wheeling Jesuit University where he played for the varsity rugby team.

In 2016, Peter made his debut for Austin Huns of the USA National Rugby League (NRL) league and scored 12 points from 5 games during that season's campaign. 

The following year, 2017 saw Peter make 10 appearances for Seattle Seawolves as they competed in America's first-ever PRO Rugby tournament - which proved successful as they reached the semi-finals of the competition before losing to San Francisco Golden Gate by two points after extra time.

Peter become an integral part of the Seattle Seawolves squad and so far this season he has featured in 8 matches scoring 4 tries while helping them reach their second consecutive playoffs with a final spot secured at the end of May. 

Peter Malcolm is a forward for the Austin Elite. He was born in Ohio and has represented the United States at U20 and U23 levels. Malcolm scored 9 goals in 8 games this season with the Legion, helping San Diego to second place in their division.

Malcolm is contracted with the Elite until 2020, after which he will move on to another team or retire from professional soccer altogether. 

Peter Malcolm is an excellent striker who can score goals both from close range and further out; his experience playing for various youth teams will have helped him develop into one of the best players in North America today.

26. Juan Echeverría

Juan Echeverría Career

  • 2019−2020: Austin Herd
  • 2021: Peñarol
  • 2010−2011: Uruguay Under 
  • 2014: present Uruguay

Juan Echeverría is a prop for Peñarol Rugby. Juan played at the Under-20 level for Uruguay and has also represented his country in the IRB Junior World Championship.

He made his debut for Peñarol in 2014 and has since featured in 26 matches, scoring two tries. In 2016 he was named as part of Uruguay's squad for the Rio Olympics but failed to make an appearance due to injury.

Juan is contracted with Peñarol until 2019 Juan Echeverría is an Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Peñarol. He was born on 10th November 1988 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Echeverria started his career at Nacional and made his senior debut in 2005 aged just 18 years old.

In 2007 he moved to Spain where he spent four seasons with Racing Santander before returning to Uruguay and joining Peñarol in 2011. He has won 25 caps for the Uruguayan national team and represented his country at the 2010 World Cup, 2014 World Cup, and 2017 Copa America tournaments.

27. Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell was born in Nottingham, UK on 6 April 1994. He attended Midleton College in Ireland before enrolling at University College Cork in Ireland to study rugby union.

Ben Mitchell made his professional rugby union debut for Youghal RFC during the 2016 season and has since represented Seattle Seawolves in Major League Rugby (MLR). Ben Mitchell is a lock who typically plays as part of the first-five side and is renowned for his strength and aggression on the field.

Ben Mitchell currently holds the record for most points scored by an Irish player in MLR with 97 points from 30 appearances so far during his career. 

In addition to playing professionally, Ben also works as a personal trainer off-field and enjoys spending time with family and friends outside of rugby matches or training sessions Ben Mitchell is a rugby player who has represented both Midleton College and University College Cork RFC.

In 2018, Ben Mitchell was part of the Austin Elite squad which won the USA Selects championship in Florida. Ben Mitchell also played for San Diego Legion in the inaugural season of Major League Rugby (MLR). 

At present, Ben Mitchell is contracted to play for Seattle Seawolves in MLR's second season. Having made his debut at just 18 years old, Ben Mitchell looks set to continue his impressive rugby career into his thirties.

28. Peni Tagive

Baylor Bears football

Peni Tagive Career

  • 2008–09: Wests Tigers
  • 2010–11: St. George Illawarra
  • 2012: Sydney Roosters
  • 2015: Wests Rugby
  • 2015: Canberra Vikings
  • 2019: Austin Elite

Ratu Peni Tagive is a rugby league footballer who plays for the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League. He has previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Sydney Roosters.

Peni Tagive was born on 3 October 1988 in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia. At 192 cm tall and weighing 99 kg he is one of the tallest players in rugby league history. Tagive began playing football at an early age and quickly developed a love for the sport.

After spending several years playing junior football with clubs such as Sutherland Shire Hornets and Mount Pritchard Magpies, he made his NRL debut for Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks during the 2006 season. 

In 2007, he joined Sydney Roosters where he spent three seasons before moving to Newcastle Knights ahead of their inaugural 2016 NRL season.

Playing primarily as a wing or center, Tagive has enjoyed considerable success both domestically and internationally over his career, winning two premierships (with Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2011 & 2012)and two World Club Championships (with Leeds Rhinos in 2010 & 2014). 

In 2017, he was named Australian Player of The Year after helping Newcastle reach their first Grand Final appearance since 1954.

Outside of rugby league, Tagive enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking – especially risotto – listening to music, reading books and watching films Peni Tagive is a professional rugby union player who has represented Australia at the international level. 

Peni Tagive began playing rugby as a child and quickly developed into one of the country's top players. In 2018, Peni Tagive signed with French side Racing 92 on a three-year deal worth around $700,000 per season.

He made his debut for Racing 92 in their European Champions Cup match against Munster Rugby where he played off the bench and helped contribute to their victory by scoring two tries in the 70th and 71st minutes respectively. 

At club level, Peni Tagive currently plays for Sydney Roosters in the NRL competition where he has been an important part of their squad over recent seasons helping them win back-to-back premierships (2018–19). 

With 43 caps to his name, Peni Tagive is considered one of Australia's most experienced players and will be looking to help guide his national team toward success at upcoming tournaments such as the 2019 World Cup tournament which takes place in Japan later this year.

Outside of rugby, TagIVE enjoys spending time with family and friends enjoying anything from surfing to going out for dinner together enjoy life to its fullest.

29. Paddy Ryan

Paddy Ryan Career

  • 2014: Sydney Stars
  • 2016–2018: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2018–: Munakata Sanix Blues
  • 2018–: San Diego Legion
  • 2011–2018: Waratahs
  • 2012–2014: Australia

Paddy Ryan is a prop for the Dolphin RFC in the USA. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Paddy played rugby union as a youngster with Highfield RFC before joining Dolphin RFC in 2017.

Paddy is tall at 1.85 m (6 ft 1 inch) and weighs 350 lb (160 kg). His brothers, Dave and Tim, also play rugby union professionally Patrick Ryan is a professional rugby player who has played for several teams in his senior career, most notably Rugby Viadana and London Welsh.

He has also represented Newcastle Falcons and Bath in the English Premiership, as well as playing for Austin Elite and Rugby United New York in the USA's PRO14 competition. 

In 2018, he joined the newly-formed team Rugby Viadana after previously spending two seasons with London Welsh.

Paddy is known for his strong running ability and hard work on the pitch - attributes that have earned him numerous accolades throughout his career. 

He is currently contracted to Rugby Viadana until 2020, at which point he will likely retire from professional rugby altogether to focus on other interests outside of football.

30. Lachlan McCaffrey

Western Force

Lachlan McCaffrey Career

  • 2014–2015: London Welsh
  • 2015–2017: Leicester Tigers
  • 2020–2021: Kyuden Voltex
  • 2021–: Austin Gilgronis
  • 2010: Waratahs
  • 2012–13: Force
  • 2014: Brumbies
  • 2018–2020: Brumbies
  • 2010: Australia U20

Lachlan McCaffrey is a rugby union player who has played for Leicester Tigers and Kyuden Voltex in the English Premiership. He was born in Sydney, Australia and attended Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview where he excelled at Rugby Union.

After playing club-level rugby with Leicester Tigers and Kyuden Voltex, Lachlan made his senior debut for London Welsh in the 2018-19 season. In 2020, he signed with fellow PRO14 side Leicester Tigers ahead of their return to European competition after finishing as runners-up in England’s Top 14 league that year.

McCaffrey is an aggressive flanker who excels at attacking close-range opportunities and can also be quite destructive when running onto ball carriers deep within the enemy territory or out wide on the flanks; making him very dangerous both offloading from hand or carrying the ball himself into contact with defenders waiting to make tackles.

With 47 appearances across 3 seasons (2018-2021), Lachlan has established himself as one of the most highly decorated players currently plying his trade in Europe’s professional leagues - looking forward to adding even more silverware to his collection during future campaigns. 

Lachlan McCaffrey is a talented rugby player who has represented Australia at the international level.

He first came to prominence in the Super Rugby competition, playing for the Waratahs and Force. In 2018–20 he moved to the Brumbies, where he started playing more regularly as they made their way up through the standings. 

As of August 2021, Lachlan McCaffrey had scored 34 points in 9 appearances for the Brumbies - an impressive tally for any player.

31. Mark Gerrard

Melbourne Rebels

Mark Gerrard Career

  • 2010/11: NTT Com Shining Arcs
  • 2013−18: Toyota Shokki
  • 2001–02: Waratahs
  • 2003–09: Brumbies
  • 2011–12: Rebels
  • 2005–07: Australia
  • 2021–2022: Austin Gilgronis (Assistant Coach)

Mark Gerrard is a rugby union player who has represented Australia at the international level. He started his career with the Sydney Bears in 2010, before moving to the Brumbies in 2013.

In January 2015, Gerrard signed for Tonga as part of their World Cup preparations. He made his debut against Wales on 6th October and played in all three of Tonga's matches during the tournament.

Gerrard finished the World Cup top scorer with two tries and five points (one try, four conversions). Following Tonga's exit from the World Cup, Gerrard returned to Australia and joined the newly formed side Western Force for their inaugural season in 2016/17.

At 36 years old he was one of only two Australian players still playing full-time professional rugby union which meant that he had a key role to play as they reached the finals series; however, injury forced him off early after just eight games.

Mark Gerrard retired from professional rugby at the end of 2017 following an Achilles tendon rupture but continued playing club rugby until late 2018 when he announced his retirement due to ongoing health concerns Gerrard was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on the 15th of October 1985.

Gerrard played rugby union for Northern Suburbs Magpies and then Randwick Kings from 2003 to 2009 before joining the Waratahs in 2010. He has also represented Australia at Under 20 level and made his full international debut against Wales in 2007. Gerrard moved to Japan in 2013 where he joined NTT Com Shining Arcs. 

In 2014 he helped them win the Top League championship, becoming the first Australian player ever to do so. Gerrard signed with Toyota Shokki for the 2016 season but left after one year due to injury problems.

32. Hanco Germishuys

Hanco Germishuys Career

  • 2014–15: Gloucester Academy
  • 2015: Sharks Academy
  • 2014–2015: West Omaha
  • 2015–2016: Glendale Raptors
  • 2017: Austin Huns
  • 2010: Australia U20
  • 2016: Denver Stampede
  • 2018: Austin Elite
  • 2019: Glendale Raptors
  • 2020–2021: Rugby United New York
  • 2022–: LA Giltinis
  • 2011–2014: United States U19
  • 2014–2016: United States U20
  • 2016: USA Selects
  • 2016: United States

Hanco Germishuys is a 26-year-old flanker who currently plays for LA Giltinis in the Italian rugby union championship. 

Germishuys was born and raised in Kimberley, South Africa, and played club rugby with Strand High School before coming to prominence at the youth level with Gloucester Academy, Sharks Academy, and most notably for Italy where he has made over 50 appearances.

Germishuys first came to attention as part of the Springbok Sevens team that won gold at the IRB Junior World Championship in 2012 but it was his performances for Italy during their latest Six Nations campaign that saw him earn selection into the senior squad ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup. 

A powerful tackler and good ball carrier, Hanco is likely to be an important player for Italy throughout 2019 until they qualify again for the global showpiece event next year Hanco Germishuys is a lock for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

He was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, but he now calls West Omaha home. Hanco Germishuys has been playing rugby since he was young and has quickly become one of the top players in the world. 

Hanco Germishuys has played for several teams around the world including Glendale Raptors, Austin Elite, Rugby United New York (RNY), LA Giltinis and more recently Denver Stampede where he currently plays as a fullback/flyhalf hybrid player. 

In 2015-2016 Hanco Germishuys helped lead his team to victory at The Americas Pacific Challenge tournament which qualified them for their first-ever appearance at the IRB World Club Championship where they reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Harlequins RFC.

After helping RNY achieve promotion back to Super 14 competition this year Hanco Germishusy will be looking to help his new team reach even greater heights next season.

Final Words

The Austin Gilgronis have had some of the best players in American rugby union history, including current USA national team captain Phil Mack and former Eagles Head Coach Eddie Jones.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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