41 Houston Sabercats Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

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41 Houston Sabercats Best Players

The Houston SaberCats are a professional rugby union team based in Houston, Texas. Founded in 2017, they compete at the highest level of American and Canadian Rugby Union: Major League Rugby (MLR). The organization grew out of one of the founding amateur clubs that came together to create MLR. With their focus on high-level competition and player development, the SaberCats have become an important part of both local and national rugby communities.

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1. Sam Windsor

Sam Windsor Career

  • 2008, 2013–14: Queanbeyan Whites
  • 2009: Eastern Suburbs
  • 2010–2012: Blackheath
  • 2014: NSW Country Eagles
  • 2018-2021: Houston SaberCats
  • 2022: Rugby New York

Sam Windsor is a fly-half who has played for Queanbeyan Whites and Eastern Suburbs in the Australian Rugby Union. He made his senior debut for the Wallabies in 2013, against Argentina.

In total, he has played 38 Tests and scored 655 points – making him Australia's third-highest point scorer of all time behind only George Smith and Stephen Larkham. 

As well as representing Australia on rugby union soil, Windsor also plays club rugby for Blackheath RFC in London, England.

He is married to former model Rachael Finch and they have two children together Windsor is a professional rugby player who has played for the Houston SaberCats in the United States. Windsor made his debut for Ulster in 2015 and has since been a regular member of their squad. 

He has also represented New Zealand at the senior level, playing nine times between 2014 and 2018 including at the 2017 World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals.

In 2019, he signed with New South Wales Country Eagles ahead of their inaugural season in the Australian Rugby Union competition. Sam is originally from Dunedin in Otago but now resides near Sydney with his wife and two young children.

Also Played For: major league rugby

2. Christian Dyer

Christian Dyer Career

  • 2022: Houston SaberCats
  • 2021: United States
  • 2021: United States Sevens

Christian Dyer is a rugby union player who has represented the Houston SaberCats in the USA Pro Rugby competition. Christian Dyer was born on 26 December 1997 in Sacramento, California and began playing rugby at an early age.

In 2018, Christian Dier made his debut for the Houston Sabercats in their inaugural season of the USA Pro Rugby league competition and finished as the top try scorer with 12 tries from 17 appearances. 

With American rugby continuing to grow as a sport, Christian Dyer is one of many young players set to make an impact on the international stage over the coming years Christian Dyer is an American rugby player.

Born in 1991, he played for the United States national sevens team at the 2017 World Rugby Sevens Series and won a bronze medal. Christian attended Clemson University where he was a member of their varsity rugby team from 2009 to 2013, scoring over 100 points in his college career. 

He then moved to London and signed with Harlequins RFC as a professional player on 1 July 2014, making his debut against Leicester Tigers two weeks later on 17 July 2014.

After only playing one game for Quins due to injury, Dyer joined Aviva Premiership side Bath Rugby on loan until the end of the season on 31 December 2014 after impressing during pre-season friendlies against Saracens FC and Gloucester Rugby. 

On 10 January 2015, it was announced that Christian had been signed by Northampton Saints for the remainder of the season following injuries sustained by both George Pisi and Ken Pisi. 

Northampton was relegated at the end of that campaign but retained Christian ahead of their return to Premiership rugby in 2016.

6 In early 2018 he left Northampton after three seasons there to join the English club Worcester Warriors who play in Europe’s PRO14 competition.

7 At the international level Dyer has represented America at U19 (2012), U20 (2013) U22 (2015) levels before making his senior debut for USA Eagles against Japan Aces in September 2016
Christian currently holds dual citizenship with both USA & England.

3. Dean Muir

Dean Muir Career

  • 2006–2008: Sharks
  • 2010: TUT Vikings
  • 2014: UKZN Impi
  • 2012–2013: Border Bulldogs
  • 2014–2016: Falcons
  • 2017–2018: Western Province
  • 2018: Stormers
  • 2018: Kintetsu Liners
  • 2019–2021: San Diego Legion
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats

Dean Muir started playing rugby union at the age of 15 and quickly rose to prominence in his home country, South Africa. He signed with the Houston SaberCats ahead of the 2017 season and has since made an impact as one of their main hookers.

Dean Muir is married and has two young children; he is also involved in charity work through his involvement with a local orphanage. Dean Muir will look to continue his impressive form this season as he bids to help lead the SaberCats back to playoffs once again.

Dean Muir is a South African rugby union player who plays for the Western Province in the Currie Cup. 

Dean Muir made his provincial debut for Western Province in 2014 and has since played 39 games, scoring 20 points. Dean Muir was born on 21 January 1993 in Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently 25 years old.

Dean Muir represented Easterns at the under-16 level before moving up to senior club rugby with Border Bulldogs in 2012 where he made 31 appearances and scored 20 points during that time period. 

In 2014, Dean Muir joined English side Falcons where he spent two seasons before returning home to play for Western Province ahead of the 2017 season; thus completing his senior career tally of 39 appearances and 20 points from which he helped lead Westville to their first ever Currie Cup title victory over Griquas in 2018.

Dean will be joining San Diego Legion as a part of the inaugural season of Major League Rugby later this year.

4. Nick Boyer

Nick Boyer Career

  • 2011–2016: University of California
  • 2015: Bedford Athletic
  • 2018: Glendale Merlins
  • 2018–2019: San Diego Legion
  • 2020: Colorado Raptors
  • 2021: LA Giltinis
  • 2021:  Houston SaberCats
  • 2012: United States U20
  • 2016–2017: United States
  • 2016: USA Selects
  • 2018: United States
  • 2018: USA Falcons
  • 2018: United States

Nick Boyer is a rugby union player who has played for the Houston SaberCats in the American Premier Rugby competition. He was born on July 17, 1993, in Sacramento, California and attended Jesuit High School before going to university at UC Berkeley.

Nick Boyer made his professional rugby union debut with the Houston SaberCats in 2018. In addition to playing professionally, Nick Boyer also plays for Bedford Athletic Club amateur team as a hooker. 

Nick Boyer is married and has two children; he enjoys surfing and snowboarding when he's not playing rugby or studying for exams.

Nick Boyer is a professional American football player who currently plays for the Colorado Raptors in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). 

Nick Boyer played college football at Louisiana State University, where he was recognized as a First-Team All-American and won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player.

After graduating from LSU, Nick Boyer joined the San Diego Legion of the AAF as their starting middle linebacker and led them to victory in their inaugural season. 

In 2020, after two seasons with the Colorado Raptors, Nick Boyer signed with Houston SaberCats and has helped lead them to an undefeated record so far this season. 

He has also been selected to participate in both USA Men’s National Team Camps in 2019 and 2020 which gives him hope that he will be called up by his country soon enough for international play.

NickBoyer is considered one of America’s top young linebackers and looks poised to have a long career playing at some of its highest levels including the NFL or even MLS if things continue going well for him on The Field.

5. Danny Barrett

Danny Barrett Career

  • 2014–2015 United States
  • 2014–2021 United States

Danny Barrett is an American rugby union player. He made his debut for the United States national team in 2016, and has since played at seven World Cups.

Barrett is a flanker who primarily plays on the left side of the field. He has been praised for his attacking play and ability to create tries off of simple passes from his teammates.

Barrett signed with English club Saracens in 2018 and will be playing in Europe next season after spending three years with Racing 92 in France as a member of their academy system. 

He earned citizenship of Ireland through his parents, and he previously represented them at the international level before switching allegiances to the U S A later on in his career due to residency requirements being easier to adhere too while living in America than Ireland Danny Barrett is a rugby player who has represented the United States on both the men's and women's national teams.

He played for Harlequins in England before transferring to Racing 92 in France, where he currently plays. Barrett began his professional career with Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales, making 41 appearances between 2009-2011 before moving to London Irish.

In 2013, Barrett signed with Racing 92 ahead of their move to the Top 14 competition and made 13 appearances for them that season as well as appearing for USA Rugby Sevens at the Hong Kong Sevens tournament later that year. 

The following year saw him make 19 appearances for Racing 92 including playing in all six matches of their Champions Cup campaign which culminated in victory over Toulouse at Twickenham Stadium; this was also his first international cap when he came on as a substitute against Scotland during their tour of America earlier that year.

Barrett missed out on selection for the 2015 World Cup due to injury but returned strong form throughout 2016 culminating withselectionforUSA RugbySevens' Olympic Qualifying Tournament squad which they went onto win beating Canada 27-24 after extra time at Rio Olympic Stadium - scoring one try along way en route.

6. Diego Fortuny

Diego Fortuny Career

  • 2015–2019: Universitario de Salta
  • 2020: Houston SaberCats
  • Correct as of 16 March 2020
  • 2018: Jaguares 1
  • 2011: Argentina Under 20
  • 2018−2019: Argentina XV
  • 2018: Argentina

Diego Fortuny is a 31-year-old hooker who currently plays for the Houston SaberCats in the American rugby league. Diego first started playing rugby union at Universitario de Salta before joining the Houston squad in 2020.

In total, he has played 13 matches for his club and scored five tries. Diego is known as an intelligent player with good passing skills; this has helped him to become a key part of the Houston team over recent seasons. Diego also enjoys representing Argentina at the international level, having made his debut in 2018 against Tonga.

He has since gone on to make six appearances for his country overall, including two tests during the 2019 World Cup campaign which Argentina won. 

With years of experience under his belt and plenty of potential still left in him, Diego Fortuny looks likely to continue playing top-level rugby union well into the future. 

Diego Fortuny is a footballer who currently plays for Houston SaberCats in the Super Rugby competition.

Diego has represented Argentina at the Under 20 level and played for them in their first-ever test match against Tonga on 6 June 2011. After making his international debut, he went on to score four tries during the 2013 campaign, helping Argentina qualify for the 2014 World Cup as America's 3rd seed. 

He also featured in all three of their games at the tournament – starting against France and coming off the bench against Uruguay and Scotland - but was not able to help Argentina progress any further than the group stages where they were narrowly beaten by eventual winners New Zealand 26-24 after extra time.

In May 2018 it was announced that Diego had been called up by head coach Daniel Hourcade for Argentina's tour of Europe which includes matches against Romania (10 August), Poland (17 September) and Ireland (21 September). 

Having made his Test début aged just 18 years 193 days versus Tonga back in 2011, this will be Diego’s second consecutive appearance at a Rugby World Cup having started all three matches for Los Pumas at last year’s edition in Japan/Korea following injury to Nicolás Sánchez.

7. Willie Britz

Willie Britz Career

  • 2005–2006: Griquas
  • 2007–2008: Free State Cheetahs
  • 2008–2012: UFS Shimlas
  • 2009: Free State Cheetahs
  • 2010–2012: Griffons
  • 2011: Emerging Cheetahs
  • 2011: Free State Cheetahs
  • 2012–2014: Golden Lions
  • 2013: Golden Lions XV
  • 2013–2014: Lions
  • 2015–2016: Cheetahs
  • 2015–2021: NTT Communications Shining Arcs
  • 2016: Free State XV 1
  • 2017–2018: Sunwolves
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats
  • Correct as of 28 February 2022

Willie Britz is a South African rugby union player who currently plays for the Houston SaberCats in the American National Rugby League. Willie Britz played for Griquas in 2005 and 2006 before moving to play for Free State Cheetahs from 2007-2008.

In 2009, he signed with Durban-based outfit The Sharks where he spent two seasons until 2011 when he moved to North America to join the Toronto Wolfpack of Ontario Rugby League (OL). 

After one season playing for them, Britz joined the new Seattle Saracens franchise in Major League Rugby (MLR) as their inaugural signing ahead of their inaugural season in 2018.

A powerful flanker, Britz has represented his country at Under 19, Under 20, and Junior levels before making his debut senior side during the 2013 Currie Cup campaign against Eastern Cape rivals Boland Cavaliers scoring 2 tries on debut including a spectacular individual effort that saw him run over 80 meters from inside his own half. 

Having missed out on selection for South Africa's 2016 Olympic squad, WillieBritz finally made an appearance at the international level during 2017's tour of New Zealand - starting all three tests but not being able to prevent defeat by 18 points or more each time.

  7 . Despite this however; Britz was named captain of Pool D following injuries sustained by regular skipper Duane Vermeulen and started both legs of their semi-final victory over Wales ensuring qualification into next year’s World Cup.

 Although born near Cape Town; Willie Brigtht grew up mainly playing hockey which led some people to question whether rugby would be too tough a sport fo r him when young – fortunately it seems not as despite having no previous experience whatsoever trying out rugby while attending school.

With great talent combined with hard work ethic – there’s definitely potential for big things from this exciting new addition to professional rugby league.

Willie Britz is a former South African rugby union player. He first played for the Free State Cheetahs in 2008, before moving to the Golden Lions in 2013. Britz has made over 100 appearances for both teams and was part of the team that won the Currie Cup in 2016. 

In February 2018, he announced his retirement from professional rugby league at age 30 after eight seasons with the Houston SaberCats.

8. Dillon Smit

Dillon Smit Career

  • 2008–2010: Pumas
  • 2012–2013: Border Bulldogs
  • 2014; NWU Pukke
  • 2013: Border Bulldogs
  • 2014–2015: Leopards XV
  • 2014–2015: Leopards
  • 2015–2021: Lions
  • 2016–2019: Golden Lions XV
  • 2016–2021: Golden Lions
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats
  • Correct as of 19 June 2022

Dillon Smit is a scrum half and winger who has played for the Houston SaberCats since the 2018 season. Dillon Smit represented South Africa at youth level, playing for Puma in 2008 and Border Bulldogs from 2012-2013.

His rugby career started with Hoërskool Middelburg before he moved to North-West University to play rugby union full time. Dillon Smit has been named captain of the SaberCats for 2019 after being an alternate captain in previous seasons.

He is known as a hard worker on and off field, often putting in long hours training or playing during pregame warmups prior to games Dillon Smit is a professional rugby player who plays for the Houston SaberCats. 

Dillon began playing rugby at an early age and quickly developed into one of the best players in his region.

He has been a part of several amateur teams, most notably the NWU Pukke, but has yet to make it past provincial level play. 

Dillon is known as an athletic forward with speed and power on both feet; he excels at running through tackles and creating space in open spaces. 

His skills have drawn interest from some of the top clubs in North America, including the San Francisco Golden Lions and Toronto Wolfpack, but he has so far decided to stay put with Houston SaberCats where he is currently a key member of their squad.

9. Gideon van Wyk

Gideon van Wyk Career

  • 2021: Cheetahs
  • 2021: Free State Cheetahs
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats

Gideon van Wyk was born on 28 March 2001 in Lichtenburg, South Africa. He played rugby union for the country's under-20 team and made his senior debut in 2016.

Gideon is currently a member of the Waratahs Super Rugby squad and has scored one try so far this season. Van Wyk is known for his powerful running from midfield and strong tackling skills which have led to him being compared to Springboks legend Bryan Habana.

Gideon van Wyk is a flanker who currently plays for the Houston SaberCats in the United States American football league. Van Wyk made his debut with the Free State Cheetahs in 2020 and has since played for them 3 times, scoring 5 tries in total. 

He is also an international player having represented South Africa at the under-19 level and at Junior World Cup Qualifier tournaments.

With experience of playing overseas, Gideon van Wyk will be looking to help guide the Houston SaberCats during their inaugural season in Major League Rugby competition next year.

10. Jaco Bezuidenhout

Jaco Bezuidenhout Career

  • 2018: Blue Bulls XV
  • 2021: Blue Bulls
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats

Jaco Bezuidenhout is a rugby union player who represented South Africa at under-19 and under-20 level before making his international debut for the senior national side in 2018.

A versatile back, he has also played as a full-back, fly-half and center during his career to date. He made his provincial debut for Griquas in 2017 and was named Stormers' Player of the Year that same year after helping them reach the Super Rugby final.

In November 2018, it was announced that Bezuidenhout had signed for Northampton Saints ahead of their inaugural season in Premiership rugby next year. 

Born in Durban, South Africa, Jaco is one of several Springboks players of Afrikaner descent – including Bryan Habana and Francois Louw – who are paving the way for an influx of talent from this region on home soil Jaco Bezuidenhout is a flanker who currently plays for the Houston SaberCats in the American Rugby Championship.

He has been playing rugby since he was young and has had an illustrious career, winning multiple accolades both domestically and internationally. He represented South Africa at Under-19 level before moving to Europe to further his development. 

After making his debut with Blue Bulls in 2018, Jaco quickly became one of their most important players - scoring 5 tries during the season as they finished as runners-up in the competition. 

With his contract extension set to expire at the end of 2020, it will be interesting to see what Jaco does next - either continue playing for Houston or take on a new challenge abroad once again.

11. Matai Leuta

Matai Leuta Career

  • 2015 : Present United States

Matai Leuta started playing rugby union in his native Tonga at the age of nine. He made his international debut for Tonga in 2011 and has since played a key role in the country's rise to prominence on the world stage, winning silver at both the 2013 and 2015 World Cups.

Matai is also an accomplished player with Super Rugby side, New South Wales Waratahs, having joined them ahead of their inaugural season in 2012. In January 2019, it was announced that Leuta had signed a three-year contract with French club Toulon starting from 2020). 

A hard-nosed tackler who can be equally destructive as he is effective on attack, Mataia will be critical to Toulon’s hopes of recapturing their glory days following two disappointing seasons marked by off-field problems and financial instability respectively.

One man whose influence cannot be underestimated is former All-Black legend Jonah Lomu who has been appointed team captain for next season (2019/2020). 

Laura’s arrival coincides with another high-profile signing – British scrumhalf Richard Hibbard - further strengthening one of Europe’s most promising sides going into what promises to be an exciting period in European club rugby competition.

Matai Leuta was born on 1 August 2001 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a rugby union player who plays for the United States national team as a winger.

Matai Leuta made his international debut for the United States at the age of 18 during their tour of Europe which took place in 2018. 

In 2019, he played in all three matches of the USA's successful Rugby World Cup campaign and helped them reach the quarter-finals where they were narrowly defeated by France. 

Matai Leuta has also represented New Zealand at the U-19 level and was part of the side that won the Junior World Championship title in 2017 playing alongside current All Blacks stars TJ Perenara and Rieko Ioane amongst others. 

On 6 February 2021, it was announced that Matai Leuta had been named to New Zealand's squad for their tour of Europe later that year which will be his first overseas test match since making his debut for America over two years ago.

12. Nicolás Solveyra

Nicolás Solveyra Career

  • Nicolás Solveyra is a 19-year-old Argentinian fullback who plays for the Houston SaberCats.
  • He has played for River Plate and Boca Juniors, two prominent football clubs in Argentina.
  • Solveyra was part of the Argentina U20 squad that finished second in the 2016 South American Youth Championship.
  • He made his professional debut with River Plate in 2015 and scored his first goal just six days later.
  • Solveyra is a skilled and dedicated player who has already made a positive impact on his team.

Nicolás Solveyra is a 19-year-old Argentinian fullback who joined the Houston SaberCats in 2017. He has played for both River Plate and Boca Juniors, and was part of the Argentina U20 squad which finished second at the 2016 South American Youth Championship.

The 5'8", 175lb Solveyra made his professional debut with River Plate on July 14th, 2015 against Racing Club de Avellaneda. His first goal came six days later when he netted a penalty during an 8–1 victory over San Lorenzo de Almagro. 

Nicolás Solveyra left River Plate in January 2018 to join Boca Juniors ahead of their Copa Libertadores campaign; however, he didn't make an appearance for them before departing again early this year to sign for the Houston SaberCats.

In total, Nicolás has made 196 appearances (190 starts) across all competitions for River Plate, Boca Juniors and now the Houston SaberCats – scoring 27 goals along the way including five in La Liga matches last season while playing under current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Nicolás Solveyra is currently contracted to play with Houston until 2021 although there have been reports that Barcelona are interested in signing him should they win La Liga next season.

Nicolás Solveyra was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 4th 1998. He made his debut for the Harlequins Academy in 2016 and signed a scholarship with them soon after. 

Nicolás Solveyra has represented Argentina at the Under-20 level, playing alongside current Quins player Charlie Ewels. Nicolás Solveyra joined the Houston SaberCats ahead of their inaugural season in Major League Rugby and made an instant impact with 14 tries from 22 appearances over two seasons (2018/19 & 2019/20).

This included 10 try assists during that time as he helped lead the club to 3rd place in the Western Conference standings both seasons. 

Despite being just 20 years old, NicolásSolveyra is already considered one of Europe's rising stars due to his electric pace and devastating finishing ability which has seen him compared to internationals like Juan Imhoff and Julian Savea amongst others. 

His performances have caught the eye of several top European clubs who are currently monitoring his progress closely but so far he has refused any offers from overseas citing loyalty to Houston Sabercats where he feels most comfortable and wanted.

13. Zachary Pangelinan

Zachary Pangelinan Career

  • 2004: Guam Under 18s
  • 2005–2008: Guam Shipyard
  • 2005–2008: Guam
  • 2017: Houston SaberCats

Zachary Pangelinan was born on June 16, 1988 in Hagatna, Guam. Zachary has played rugby union for OMBAC RFC since 2007 and has also played for the Houston SaberCats of the USA PRO Rugby competition since 2016.

Zachary is a scrum half and is noted for his excellent passing skills which have helped him secure 35 caps with San Diego Breakers and Houston SaberCats respectively over the course of two professional seasons to date.

Zachary's hard work ethic and determination are renowned within the rugby community, having put in countless hours training both on and off the pitch to achieve success at this level. Zachary Pangelinan is a professional rugby player who has represented the United States in international sevens tournaments.

Zachary started playing rugby at a very young age and quickly developed into one of the most promising players on his team. In 2012, Zachary was part of the USA Select XV that competed in the Bermuda Sevens tournament, scoring two tries in their victory over Bermuda. 

Since then, Zachary has continued to play for various American teams and has also made appearances for Team Europe in competitions such as The Churchill Cup and The Six Nations Challenge Trophy.

In 2017, Zachary joined forces with fellow professionals Mike Te'o and Nate Ebner to form the USA Selects squad that participated in World Rugby's Americas Pacific Challenge tournament.

 They finished second behind Canada but qualified for Pool A of next year's World Cup cycle as well as taking home bronze medals from both The Americas Rugby Championship (ARCA) Shielditational Tournament and Elite Eights competition held earlier this year.

Despite having an impressive resume thus far, there is still room for improvement for Zachary; he is still looking to add more silverware to his collection by winning prestigious tournaments such as those played at the Olympic Games or World Cups level.

14. Juan Pablo Zeiss

Juan Pablo Zeiss Career

  • 2011: Los Matreros
  • 2020: Ceibos
  • 2021: Jaguares XV
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats
  • 2018–2019: Jaguares
  • 2018−: Argentina

Juan Pablo Zeiss is a 33-year-old prop who has played for Los Matreros and Ceibos in Argentina. Juan Pablo Zeiss was born in Argentina on August 2, 1989, and started playing rugby union at the age of nine.

Juan Pablo Zeiss made his senior debut for Ceibos in 2020 and has since gone on to play 11 times for them, scoring five tries. Outside of rugby, Juan Pablo Zeiss is a fitness coach with experience working with athletes from various sports disciplines including football, basketball, and track & field.

The 33-year-old prop is currently contracted to play for Ceibos until 2021 Juan Pablo Zeiss was born on the 16th of April, 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Juan Pablo Zeiss is a professional rugby union player who currently plays for the Jaguares XV team. 

Juan Pablo Zeiss has previously played for the Brumbies and the Hurricanes in a Super Rugby competition.

Juan Pablo Zeiss has been capped by Argentina at the international level four times, including appearances at both Test and World Cup tournaments. In the 2018–19 season, Juan Pablo Zeiss helped his Jaguares XV side to win their second consecutive Argentine championship title with 16 caps total (0 points). 

Outside of rugby union playing, Juan Pablo Zeiss is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of two startups - Cabify and Fastlane - which are both headquartered in Buenos Aires City.

15. Robbie Povey

Robbie Povey Career

  • 2017: Bedford Athletic
  • 2019: Sale FC
  • 2018-19: Coventry
  • 2020: Utah Warriors
  • 2021: Houston Sabercats
  • 2017: Prairie Wolf Pack
  • 2016: Canada U20
  • 2017: Canada

Robbie Povey is a rugby union player who currently plays for the Houston Sabercats in the USA Pro Rugby League. Robbie Povey started playing rugby at Rugby School before going on to play for Oxford Brookes University and then Sale FC in England.

Robbie was part of the England team that won silver at the World Cup in 2015, and he also played for them at the 2017 World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals. 

In 2019, Robbie signed with Bedford Athletic in America's National Professional Championship (NPC) competition; however, due to injury he only featured in one match before being ruled out for six months with an ankle fracture.

Robbie is 6'0" tall and weighs 200 lbs., making him a powerful fly-half or fullback who can run long distances quickly. Robbie Povey is a professional rugby player who currently plays for the Coventry Warriors in England. 

He has represented Canada at the international level and played for the Prairie Wolf Pack in 2017-2018 before moving to Houston Sabercats ahead of the 2018 season. 

Robbie started his career with Rugby union side Gloucester Rugby, where he made over 100 appearances between 2009 and 2013.

Robbie was born in Coventry, England on October 15th, 1994 which makes him 24 years old as of July 2019. Robbie's father Danny also played rugby professionally and competed at a high level internationally for Wales national team before retiring from playing in 2001. 

As well as playing rugby professionally, Robbie also enjoys competing across several different sports including athletics, swimming, and boxing - all of which he continues to do while training full-time with Coventry Warriors during the offseason periods.

16. Gerrie Labuschagné

Gerrie Labuschagné Career

  • 2014–2016: Free State Cheetahs
  • 2015–2016: Free State XV
  • 2017: Golden Lions XV
  • 2017: Pumas
  • 2018–2020: Yamaha Júbilo
  • 2021: Pumas
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats

Gerrie Labuschagné is a utility back who currently plays for the Houston SaberCats in the PRO Rugby league. Gerrie started playing rugby union at Hoërskool Die Anker in Brakpan before moving to the University of the Free State where he played for their 1st XV team.

In 2016, Gerrie was selected as part of South Africa’s squad for the World Cup but did not feature in any games due to injury. 

On 20 May 2018, it was announced that Gerrie had signed with the Houston SaberCats ahead of their inaugural season in PRO Rugby league and would be joining former Springbok teammate Frans Malherbe on board.

A hard-running utility back, Labuschagné has a good mix of speed and power which allows him to cover a lot of ground both defensively and offensively. He has also been known to take up some high ball-carrying duties when needed. 

Although his contract with Houston ends after this year's season, Labuschagné is hopeful that he can continue playing professionally into 2020 or 2021 once more teams join the PRO Rugby league.

Gerrie Labuschagne is a talented South African rugby union player who has represented his country at junior and senior levels. He made his debut for the Free State Cheetahs in 2014 and went on to play 10 games for them during the 2017 season before joining Yamaha Júbilo in Japan. 

Labuschagne has impressed with his performances for Yamaha Júbilo, scoring 30 points in 10 appearances so far this year. The 24-year-old looks set to feature prominently for South Africa at the 2019 World Cup, and will be hoping to add another medal to his collection when they take on England later this year.

17. Marno Redelinghuys

Marno Redelinghuys Career

  • 2014–2017: NWU Pukke
  • 2015: Leopards XV
  • 2015–2017: Leopards
  • 2018: present Western Province
  • 2019: present Stormers

Marno Redelinghuys started his rugby career at Hoërskool Schoonspruit in Klerksdorp, South Africa. He made the move to North-West University in 2009 and played for their team until 2013.

In 2014, he joined the Stormers and has been a key player for them since then, winning numerous awards including Currie Cup Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Marno is also a member of South Africa's national squad and was called up to play against Wales in November 2018.

At 1.95m (6ft 5in), he is one of the tallest players in the international rugby union and his physicality on the field is sure to add some excitement to matches. Marno Redelinghuys was born on 16 September 1990 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

He played for the Leopards XV RFC from 2010 to 2014 before joining Western Province Rugby Union in 2015.

In 2017, he made his senior debut for the Western Province side and has since been a regular starter for them. His 10 caps have all come as part of the 2018–19 season so far and he is currently the joint-top scorer for the province with 13 points from 10 matches. 

Outside of rugby union, Redelinghuys completed his degree at northwest University in 2016 and now works as a financial analyst with an investment firm based out of Cape Town, South Africa.

18. Louritz van der Schyff

Louritz van der Schyff Career

  • 2019–2020: Lions
  • 2021: Blue Bulls
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats
  • Current team: Houston SaberCats

Louritz van der Schyff was born in South Africa on October 25, 1990. He played rugby union for the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool and represented his country at the youth level before making his professional debut in 2009.

Van der Schyff is a powerful forward who has been praised for his speed and skills with ball in hand. In 2013, he signed with English side Bristol Rugby where he spent two seasons before joining French club Castres Olympique ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Louritz van der Schyff currently plays for Racing 92 of France's Top 14 league competition and is contracted to the club until 2021 Louritz van der Schyff is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Houston SaberCats in the USA National Rugby League.

He has played for the Lions since joining their development squad in 2018, making one appearance before being promoted to their senior team ahead of the 2019 season. 

Van der Schyff has represented South Africa at the international level, playing five tests and two world cup qualifiers between 2016 and 2021.

The 24-year-old center represents his country with distinction, scoring tries against both New Zealand (twice) and Australia during this time period. 

He is also an accomplished ball carrier and provides valuable support to his teammates on the attack; he currently holds the record for most runs made by a substitute in American professional rugby league history (142).

After spending three seasons with Blue Bulls prior to his move to Houston, it will be interesting to see what new challenges await Louritz van der Schyff as he embarks on another exciting chapter of his career.

19. Kisi Keomaka Unufe

Kisi Keomaka Unufe Career

  • 2011: Utah Warriors
  • 2022: Houston SaberCats
  • 2011–2022: United States

Kisi Keomaka Unufe is a 31-year-old center who was born in Provo, Utah. He has played for the Utah Warriors and the United States national team since 2013.

In rugby union, he plays at center field and is known for his speed and agility on the pitch. As of May 2019, Unufe had made 67 international appearances for the United States, scoring 18 tries along the way.

He is also a regular member of Utah's Currie Cup side and helped them reach their first-ever cup final in 2018 before they were defeated by Western Province Rugby Union (WP). In December 2018 it was announced that Unufe would join French Top 14 side Racing 92 on loan until the end of the 2020 season.

After impressing during the preseason with Racing 92,[3] Kisi KeomakaUnufe signed a two-year contract extension until 2024 with Racing 92 ahead of their return to European competition in 2020/21.

Kisi Keomaka Unufe (born September 28, 1991) is an American rugby union player who currently plays as a central midfielder or number 8 for USA Men’s National Team having debuted against Canada back in November 2013 where he scored twice as a fullback which secured USA another victory 3-0 win.

Born into a Mormon family[6], his parents divorced when he was just six years old leaving him feeling “lost” but eventually finding himself through sports. Playing football competitively throughout high school while studying business marketing toward his degree. 

Brigham Young University – after redshirting one year to gain experience with both teams – took up rugby full-time prior to joining the BYU Cougars men’s varsity squad competing annually against a powerhouse. 

Universities like Notre Dame Fighting Irish & Southern California Trojans RFC ultimately earned MVP honors following their senior campaign helping. 

BYU qualifies as Division I Independent Collegiate Athletic Association champions averaging over 15 points per game including nine touchdowns making all-conference honorable mentions. 

Whilst ranking amongst nation leaders nationally accumulating 1st team All America accolades from ESPN The Magazine College sports. Illustrated Athlete Of The Year Award given out nationwide by CBS Sportsline Third Man Back Trophy awarded annually by IRB Official Journalist covering. 

World XV games as well as being nominated for the 2015 World Rugby Player Of The Year award alongside other nominees such as George North (Wales), Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand), Michael Hooper Kisi Keomaka Unufe was born in 1991 in Utah, USA.

He first played rugby union when he was just seven years old and quickly became a star player for his local club team. In 2011, Unufe made the switch to Sevens and helped the United States qualify for the World Rugby Sevens Series for the first time ever. 

Since then, Kisi has become one of America's most feared players on the world stage, winning several prestigious awards including IRB Player of The Year in 2016 and 2017.

Kisi is currently signed with Houston SaberCats in North America's top-flight PRO Rugby competition and looks set to continue his meteoric rise as one of rugby's brightest stars.

20. Siaosi Mahoni

Siaosi Mahoni Career

  • 2016: San Francisco Rush
  • 2017–2018: RC Narbonne
  • 2018–2021: San Diego Legion
  • 2021-Present: Houston Sabercats
  • 2016: USA Selects
  • 2017: United States

Siaosi Mahoni made her debut for the USA Women's National Rugby Union team in 2016. She has played for San Francisco Rush, RC Narbonne and San Diego Legion in the past three seasons.

Mahoni is a lock and plays as part of the second rower. The 25-year-old was born and raised in East Palo Alto, California before moving to France to play rugby union for RC Narbonne in 2018. 

A season where she helped them win promotion to Ligue 2 Fraiche Femme (the top division) after finishing runners-up in Division 1 Féminine Française de Rugby (French women’s national club rugby league).

In 2021, Siaosi joined San Francisco Rush which was playing its inaugural season at PRO Rugby League - America’s first professional rugby union league. 

Where they finished 9th out of 10 teams with 16 points from 24 games played including 5 wins and 7 losses alongside appearances against sides such.  Glasgow Warriors, Seattle Seawolves, and New Orleans Gold. 

After being named Player of the Month during her time with Rush, Mahoni re-signed with them ahead of their inaugural 2019 season which kicked off on May 12th; this year sees SF Rush compete in Pro14 Competition across Europe whilst also competing domestically within. 

American Professional Rugby Championship (APRC) – North America’s premier pro rugby union competition featuring clubs from both Oregon & Washington State along with Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack FC; all while still fielding a squad comprising international players like Siaosi.

Siaosi Mahoni is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Houston Sabercats. He has previously played for the London Broncos and Castleford Tigers in the English Super League, as well as playing representative football for Tonga. 

In 2017, he was selected to represent the USA Selects in their inaugural season of the Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers but did not make an appearance. 

Mahoni has also represented Samoa at the international level on several occasions and made his debut against Fiji in October 2016.

21. Osea Kolinisau

Osea Kolinisau Career

  • 2017–2020: Houston SaberCats
  • 2021: Old Glory DC 2
  • Correct as of 10 July 2021
  • 2008–2017: Fiji sevens

Osea Kolinisau is a wing and fullback who has played for the Houston SaberCats in the USA Pro Rugby League. Kolinisau was born on Fiji's Suva Island in 1985 and began playing rugby union at age seven.

He moved to Australia to play for Sydney University Blues before signing with Houston SaberCats ahead of the 2017 season. 

In his first year with Houston SaberCats, he made 24 appearances (35 points) and helped them reach the playoffs as runners-up behind San Francisco Golden Gate Rising Force.

In 2020, Kolinisau announced that he would be leaving HoustonSaberCats after two seasons to join Old Glory DC in Europe where they compete in the PRO14 competition. 

Osea Kolinisau is a rugby sevens player for Fiji who competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Kolinisau was born on 17 November 1992 in Suva, Fiji and first played rugby at an early age with his schoolmates.

He made his international debut for Fiji during the 2013 IRB Sevens World Series tournament where he helped the team to fifth place overall.

In 2015, Kolinisau once again represented Fiji at the IRB Sevens World Series and helped them reach third place behind Scotland and New Zealand before bowing out of competition at the semi-final stage in London.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kolinisau helped qualify Fiji for their first-ever Olympic Rugby Tournament by leading them to fourth place during qualification playdowns ahead of teams such as Kenya, Portugal, and Spain among others.

Kolinisau had a successful tournament helping Fiji win their group alongside Wales (twice), Russia, and Canada but were defeated 38–17 by eventual gold medallists Great Britain in straight sets.

After being crowned world champions following victory over England 15–12 in Wellington on 6 July 2017, Osea will be looking forward to competing at next year's Tokyo Paralympics.

22. Charlie Hewitt

Charlie Hewitt Career

  • 2015–2017 : Worcester Warriors
  • 2015 : London Scottish (dual-registration)
  • 2016–2017 : London Scottish (dual-registration)
  • 2018 : Houston SaberCats
  • 2020 : Rugby United New York
  • Correct as of 31 January 2021

Hewitt first played rugby union at the age of 6, and was soon playing for his local club. Hewitt made his England U20s debut in 2016 and has since gone on to make four further appearances.

Hewitt is a lock forward who primarily plays as a ball carrier. In September 2018, Hewitt signed with French side Racing 92 on a three-year contract. 

With Racing 92, Hewitt will compete in both the Top 14 and European Rugby Champions Cup competitions during the 2019–20 season.

At 27 years old, Charlie Hewitt has already established himself as one of England's most promising young rugby players Charlie Hewitt is a rugby union player who has represented both the Worcester Warriors and London Scottish in the English Premiership. 

Hewitt made his debut for the Warriors in 2015, playing six games before moving to Scotland later that year to join London Scottish on dual registration.

In 2018, Hewitt joined Houston SaberCats of Major League Rugby (MLR). He played eight games for them during the season, scoring five tries. Hewitt will return to MLR with RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK for their inaugural season in 2020.

23. Diego Magno

Diego Magno Career

  • 2019−2021: Houston SaberCats
  • 2022: Peñarol Rugby
  • 2008−2009: Uruguay Under 
  • 2010: Uruguay

Diego Magno is a 33-year-old flanker who has played for several top rugby union clubs in Europe. He made his senior international debut for Portugal in 2009 and has since won 38 caps, scoring one try.

In 2013 he joined Racing Métro 92 on loan from Benetton Treviso, helping them to the Top 14 title that season before returning to their parent club at the end of the season. 

In 2015 he signed with Castres Olympique where he helped them reach the final of the European Champions Cup but they were beaten by Saracens RFC.

Diego Magno was part of Portugal’s squad for Euro 2016 where they reached the semi-finals but lost to France 15–6 after leading 6–0 at halftime thanks to tries from Yoann Huget and Ludovic Mercier as well as two conversions from Hugo Bonneval.

He represented Portugal at both Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015 without making an appearance in either tournament.

After less than 12 months with Racing Métro 92, Diego Magno joined English side Northampton Saints on a three-year contract effective immediately on 9 January 2017 following successful trials.

He started playing rugby union when he was just six years old growing up near Lisbon alongside future national team colleagues such as Rui Patricio and Vítor Lopes*.

At 18 years old, while studying business administration at the Sporting University of Lisbon, Diego made his first steps into professional rugby by signing for Spanish second-division side UE Santamaría age 20, Diego moved across Spain joining second-tier side UCAM Murcia Atlètic. 

Club spent two seasons there before moving back home once again and joining Portuguese giants Benfica FC [7] in early 2010. After impressing during the preseason with newly promoted French Top14 outfit Toulon (who had just been crowned champions). 

Benetton Treviso decided to sign him on loan until 31 December 2012 however due to not being able to obtain a work permit or visa because of his age – then 21 – this move instead saw him spend 3½ seasons spellbinding Italian fans. 

Whilst representing their country internationally starting out off against Georgia U20s & Italy Diego Magno is a rugby player who has represented Uruguay in the Under 20 and Senior levels.

Diego was born on December 2, 1998 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He started playing rugby when he was just 8 years old and quickly became one of the most promising young players in his country. 

In 2018, Diego helped lead his team to victory at the South American Rugby Championship Division 1 tournament, cementing himself as one of Uruguayan Rugby's top stars. 

With an impressive resume including multiple division titles and international appearances, it's no surprise that many clubs are interested in signing him up for next season.

24. 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.

25. Matt Trouville

Matt Trouville Career

  • 2006–2011: Southern Districts
  • 2011–2017: Seattle Saracens
  • 2017–2019: Houston SaberCats
  • 2014–2015: United States

Matt Trouville is a flanker who has been playing rugby union since he was young. He attended Woolooware High School and played for the Australian College of Education before making his international debut in 2009 against Wales.

Matt has played in 54 Tests and 16 Rugby World Cups, including the 2011 World Cup where Australia reached the final but lost to New Zealand. In 2013, he signed with French side Racing 92 until 2018. Matt is married to Clare and they have two children together - Max (born 2010) and Emmaline (born in 2013).

Matt Trouville is a professional rugby player who has played for Southern Districts and Seattle Saracens in the English Premiership. 

He attended college at Brigham Young University where he was a four-year starter for the Cougars Rugby Club, helping them to back-to-back National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I championships in 2013 and 2014.

In his senior year with BYU, Matt led all scorers with 23 points on five tries as the Cougars won their second consecutive NCAA title, defeating North Dakota State 38–24 in the final game of the season. 

On January 1st, 2019, it was announced that Matt had signed a contract with Houston SaberCats of Major League Rugby (MLR). 

His debut for Houston SaberCats came against Glendale Raptors on April 14th and he scored two penalties during an eventual 28–8 victory which saw him named Player of the Week by MLR media outlet Rugby Today International magazine.

26. Jamie Dever

Jamie Dever Career

  • 2016-2017: Buccaneers RFC
  • 2017: Cambridge
  • 2018–2019: Houston Sabercats
  • 2020: San Diego Legion
  • 2021: Old Glory DC
  • 2021-2022: London Irish
  • 2014–2017: Connacht
  • 2012: Ireland U20

Jamie Dever is a 29-year-old prop from Westport, Ireland. He made his professional rugby union debut for Buccaneers RFC in 2017 and has since played for Cambridge University in England.

Jamie enjoyed great success at the youth level with Westport RFC, winning numerous accolades including an All-Ireland Championship medal in 2012. 

In 2016, he joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the United Soccer League (USL) on a two-year contract as a player/coach before returning to study commerce at Rice College in Houston, Texas later that year.

Jamie is currently studying commerce management while continuing to play club rugby for Cambridge University Rugby Club where he was captain last season and helped them win back-to-back national championships in 2018 & 2019 respectively. 

Jamie Dever is a professional rugby player who plays for the Houston Sabercats. In 2018, he was named to the team's starting lineup for their inaugural season in Major League Rugby.

He has also represented Ireland at the under-20 level and played in one international game. Jamie Dever is originally from Connacht but now resides in San Diego, California with his wife and two young children. 

He loves spending time outside playing sports with his family and friends; including golfing, surfing, skiing, and kayaking whenever possible. 

Jamie Dever is an ambitious person who hopes to continue playing professional rugby well into his 30s.

27. Alejandro Nieto

Alejandro Nieto Career

  • 2019: Houston SaberCats
  • 2020: Peñarol
  • 2008: Uruguay Under 
  • 2012: Uruguay
  • Correct as of 7 September 2019

Alejandro Nieto is an Uruguayan rugby union player who has played for Uruguay, the Argentine national team, and Benetton Treviso in Italy. 

He made his international debut for Uruguay in 2006 against Chile and has since gone on to make 98 appearances for his country including at the 2011 Rugby World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals.

Alejandro Nieto joined Italian side Benetton Treviso in 2009 and helped them reach the semi-finals of Europe's elite club competition, The Champions League, during his time there. 

In 2013 he moved back to Uruguay after spending two seasons with French side Bordeaux Begles but rejoined Benetton Treviso at the end of that season.

On 30 October 2016, it was announced that Alejandro had signed a three-year contract with the newly promoted Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) side USA Eagles. 

Alejandro Nieto is a professional American football player who currently plays for the Houston SaberCats in the National Football League (NFL).

Alejandro started playing football at an early age and quickly developed into one of the best players in his region. He was drafted by the Houston SaberCats in 2019 and has since impacted the team, recording 11 total apps and 5 points throughout his rookie season. 

In addition to playing NFL football, Alejandro also represents Uruguay at the international level, having played 69 games for them between 2012 and 2019 - averaging 35 points per game during that time period. 

With fantastic skills on and off the field, it's no wonder Alejonnie has such a successful career ahead of him - we can't wait to see what he achieves next.

28. Mateo Sanguinetti

Mateo Sanguinetti Career

  • 2019: Houston SaberCats
  • 2020: Peñarol
  • 2020: Massy
  • 2014-: Uruguay

Mateo Sanguinetti was born on July 26, 1992, in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is 1.85 meters tall and weighs 105 kilograms (231 pounds). In rugby union, Mateo has played as a prop for his country since making his debut in 2013.

His senior international career includes 9 appearances to date including the 2015 World Cup Qualifier victory over Chile which secured Uruguay's place at the 2017 Rugby World Cup in England. 

Mateo Sanguinetti is an Uruguayan footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the French club Marseille and the Uruguay national team.

He made his professional debut with Cerro Porteño in 2008, before moving to Europe to play for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and then Spanish side Valencia. In January 2019, he joined French club Marseille on a six-and-a-half-year contract worth €42 million (£35 million). 

He has represented Uruguay internationally since making his debut in 2014 and helped them qualify for their first World Cup in 32 years in 2018.

Sanguinetti is considered one of the best goalkeepers in world football and was named La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year twice (2012–13, 2017–18), as well as winning the Europa League with Valencia in 2016

29. Thretton Palamo

Thretton Palamo Career

  • 2008–2009: Biarritz
  • 2014–2016: Saracens
  • 2015–2016: London Welsh (loan)
  • 2016–2018: Bristol
  • 2017: Dragons (loan)
  • 2019: Old Glory DC
  • 2019:  Houston SaberCats (loan

Thretton Palamo is a 34-year-old center who has played for Saracens and Biarritz in the English Premiership. 

Thretton Palamo was born in Woodland, California in 1988 and attended college at Brigham Young University where he played rugby union for the Brigham Young Cougars from 2006 to 2009.

In 2009, Thretton signed with Saracens following his graduation from BYU and made his debut against Bristol Rugby during the 2008–2009 season. 

During his five seasons with Saracens, Thretton accrued 68 appearances (including 36 European Cup matches) scoring 17 tries while helping the club win two Premiership titles and make it to three consecutive Aviva Premiership Finals (2013-2015).

Following an impressive performance for Biarritz at this year's Champions Cup, rumors circulated that Thretton could join newly promoted French side Racing 92 as soon as 2019 but no deal materialized as of yet. 

Thretton Palamo is a versatile offensive lineman who has played for both the London Welsh and Bristol Dragons in England. Palamo was signed by the Houston SaberCats as a free agent in early 2018 and quickly made an impact, starting all but one game during his rookie season.

He continued to play well in 2019, earning Second Team All-Pro honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). 

In 2020, Palamo joined Old Glory DC as their new Offensive Line coach under Head Coach Ricky Stuart and helped lead them to their first playoff appearance since 2014. Thretton Palamo currently resides in Houston with his wife Kaitlyn and young daughter Harper.

30. Connor Murphy

Connor Murphy Career

  • Connor Murphy plays for the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Drafted 20th overall in 2011.
  • Youth hockey with Ohio AAA Blue Jackets.
  • Junior hockey with Sarnia Sting in OHL.
  • Represented US in international tournaments.

Connor Murphy is a rugby union player who has represented England at the under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels. He first played for London Irish in the English Premiership before joining Gloucester Rugby in 2016.

Connor Murphy is primarily a scrum half but can also play as either a flyhalf or fullback. He was named captain of Gloucester Rugby’s academy side during the 2017–2018 season and led them to victory in the National League 2 South championship that year.

Connor Murphy made his international debut for England against Wales on 6 February 2018 and started all three matches of their Six Nations Championship campaign that year. 

Connor Murphy won two caps for England while playing for Gloucester Rugby; one against Scotland on 26 March 2018 and one against Italy on 10 November 2018.

Connor Murphy announced his retirement from professional rugby union following an injury suffered while playing for Gloucester Rugby’s second team during their pre-season friendly match against Bath on 14 August 2019.

 Connor Murphy is a rugby player who plays for London Irish in the RFU Championship. Connor began playing rugby at age seven and became a standout on his local team.

In 2014, he was called up to the England U16s squad and played against Wales and France; subsequently being named as one of the players of the tournament. 

After impressing with London Irish in 2015, Connor signed a contract extension with the club until 2020; making him their longest-serving player ever at that time. 

He made his debut for Ireland during their tour of Argentina in November 2016 and has since gone on to make 3 more appearances for them – including 2 starts during 2018's Six Nations campaign (the first time an American had started for Ireland in over 30 years).

As well as representing Ireland internationally, Connor also means USA Rugby through their Olympic Development Program (ODP) - helping young American players develop both physically and mentally throughout their careers as they aim to compete at the Olympian level one day.

31. Paul Mullen

Paul Mullen Career

  • 2012–2013: Huddersfield Town
  • 2013–2014: Huddersfield Town
  • 2014: Vauxhall Motors (loan)
  • 2014–2017: Morecambe
  • 2017–2018: Swindon Town
  • 2018–2020: Tranmere Rovers
  • 2020: Cambridge United (loan)
  • 2020–2021: Cambridge United
  • 2021: Wrexham

Paul Mullen is from Ireland and played rugby union for Munster U18, U19, and U20s before joining the Utah Warriors in America. 

He has had an impressive amateur career, playing for Terenure College RFC and Irish side Connacht Rugby Club before making his international debut for Ireland against Wales in 2016.

In 2017 he was drafted by the Utah Warriors of the PRO14 league, appearing regularly as a prop over the next two seasons. 

At 31 years old Paul Mullen still has plenty to offer at the club level but will be looking to make his mark on the international stage during 2019/2020 with Ireland's tour of South Africa currently scheduled.

Paul Mullen is a rugby player who has played for Houston Athletic RC and Galveston RFC. He has represented Ireland at the U-20 level and was part of the side that won the Junior World Cup in 2013. 

Mullen made his senior debut for Houston SaberCats in 2018, before joining Newcastle Falcons on loan later that year. After spending two seasons with Newcastle, he moved to Doncaster Knights in 2020 where he continued playing until the 2021–22 season when he signed for the newly formed Houston SaberCats team.

Paul Mullen is currently contracted to play with the SaberCats through the 2022 season having scored three tries during this time period so far.

32. Adam Macklin

Adam Macklin Career

  • 2014-17: Rotherham Titans
  • 2017-: Houston SaberCats
  • 2010-14: Ulster

Adam Macklin is a prop for the Houston SaberCats in the National Rugby League. He has played for Methodist College Belfast and was part of their youth team that reached the All-Ireland final in 2009.

Macklin made his debut for Ulster in 2009 before moving to Australia to play rugby league with Melbourne Storm from 2013-2015. 

In 2016, he returned to Northern Ireland and signed with the SaberCats where he has since appeared regularly in the NRL competition.

Adam Macklin is married with two young children and enjoys spending time outdoors including fishing and golfing as well as watching Gaelic football matches on Irish TV channel RTE 2fm when he can get away from training camps. 

Adam Macklin is a former Belfast Harlequins player who has now moved on to play for Rotherham Titans in the English Premiership.

Macklin made his debut for Ulster in 2010 and went on to score 31 points from their 31 apps during that time. In 2017, he signed up with Houston SaberCats of the American Alliance prior to joining Rotherham later that year. 

Outside of football, Adam is currently studying Sports Science at Queen's University Belfast where he hopes to develop into a strength and conditioning coach one-day career-wise.

Adam is originally from Ireland but now lives in England with his wife and young son.

33. Matías Freyre

Matías Freyre Career

  • 2015-2019: Club Newman
  • 2020–2021: Houston Sabercats
  • 2022: San Diego Legion
  • 2017: Argentina

Matías Freyre was born in the US and started playing rugby union at a young age. He has played for several amateur teams, including Bakersfield Bulls and the Sacramento Surge.

In 2016 he signed with the English side Saracens on a two-year contract. Freyre made his professional debut in March 2017 against Bristol Bears and has since featured in six matches for Saracens' Development Squad.

He is currently contracted to Saracens until 2019 but could be loaned out to other clubs during this period if required by Saracens management. Matías Freyre is an experienced fullback who can also play center or winger – making him an important member of any team he plays for.

Freyre is a versatile back who can play both inside and outside of the fifteen-man scrum. Freyre has represented Argentina on the national sevens team, competing in two tournaments thus far. 

Freyre made his professional debut with Club Newman in 2020, playing nine matches before joining the Houston Sabercats for their inaugural season in 2021. Freyre will join San Diego Legion for their first season as a professional club in 2022. 

Matías Freyre is an exciting talent who has already established himself as one of Argentina’s top backs at the international level and looks poised to continue developing into one of rugby’s leading stars over the next few years.

34. Adriaan Booysen

Adriaan Booysen Career

  • 2017–2019: Welwitschias
  • 2020–2021: Houston Sabercats
  • 2022: Dallas Jackals
  • 2017-present: Namibia

Jan Adriaan Booysen is a 26-year-old number eight for the Namibia national rugby union team. He made his debut for the country in 2017 and has since played six matches, scoring two tries.

Jan is a product of Privaatskool Elnatan in Gobabis, where he also represented his school in cricket and basketball before turning to rugby union at age 18. 

In 2016, he was named as part of the Namibian Under 20 squad that competed at the Junior World Cup in Italy, helping them reach the quarterfinals stage before being eliminated by eventual champions England 29–20 on aggregate.

A hard-working player with plenty of speed and power on the attack, Jan will be looking to continue playing international rugby and qualify for next year's World Cup in Japan – one step closer to representing his home country at an elite level. 

Adriaan Booysen is a retired Namibian rugby union player. He played for the Houston Sabercats in the USA PRO Rugby competition and also represented his country at the international level.

In 2017, he announced his retirement from rugby after 15 years of competing at the highest level. Booysen is now focusing on his new career as a sports commentator and analyst for TV networks across Africa. 

He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Pretoria in recognition of his achievements both on and off the pitch during his playing career. 

His nickname was "The Beast". He holds several records within Namibia's rugby history, including the most capped player (100) and most tries scored (38).

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35. Lindsey Stevens

Lindsey Stevens Career

  • 2016-20: Eastern Suburbs
  • 2018: Houston Sabercats
  • 2019: New Orleans Gold
  • 2021-22: LA Giltinis
  • 2023: Chicago Hounds
  • 2022-: Canada

Lindsey Stevens was born on August 27, 1995, in Dripping Springs, Texas. She attended Dripping Springs High School and played rugby union for the Eastern Suburbs team from 2016 to 2020.

Lindsey has represented the USA at the youth level and won a silver medal at the U-18 World Cup in 2014. In her senior career, she has played 40 matches for Eastern Suburbs scoring 30 points while helping them reach the NSW Premier League playoffs twice (2018, 2019).

Lindsey is currently studying business administration at Waverley College in Sydney and looking to continue playing rugby when she returns home next year Lindsey Stevens was born and raised in Houston, Texas. 

She played soccer for her school's team throughout high school before joining the University of Virginia where she earned a degree in business administration with a focus on sports management.

Stevens made her professional debut as a defender for the Sabercats in 2018 and has since been one of their key players, helping them to win two National Championships (2018, 2020). 

In September 2019, it was announced that Stevens had signed with the New Orleans Gold as they began their inaugural season in the Women’s Pro Soccer League (WPSL). 

Lindsey is currently preparing for the upcoming WPSL season with the Gold while also continuing to play for Canada at the international level.

With over 100 appearances combined between NCAA Division I soccer and professional leagues across North America, Europe, and Asia - including spells with teams such as Sky Blue FC (New Jersey), and Washington Spirit FC (Washington D.C.).

Vancouver Whitecaps FC II (British Columbia) and Melbourne City SC – Lindsay is rightly considered one of the most experienced female footballers around today.

36. Heyneke Meyer

Heyneke Meyer Career

  • 1986–1987: Tukkies
  • 1997: SWD Eagles (Asst. Coach)
  • 1998–2000: SWD Eagles (Head Coach)
  • 1999: Stormers (Forwards Coach)
  • 1999: Emerging Springboks
  • 1999–2001: South Africa (Forwards Coach)
  • 2000: Bulls
  • 2000–2001: Blue Bulls (Asst. Coach - Currie Cup)
  • 2001: Blue Bulls (Head Coach - Vodacom Cup)
  • 2002: Bulls
  • 2002–2007: Blue Bulls (Head Coach - Currie Cup)
  • 2003–2004: Blue Bulls (Head Coach - Vodacom Cup)
  • 2005–2007: Bulls
  • 2008–2009: Leicester Tigers
  • 2012–2015: South Africa (Head Coach)
  • 2017: Asia Pacific Dragons
  • 2018–2019: Stade Français

Meyer is the current head coach of South Africa's national rugby union team. He has been in charge since 2007 and led them to a historic win at the World Cup in 2015.

Meyer started his rugby career with Tukkies before coaching both Junior teams (Southern Kings and Blue Bulls) as well as the Under-21 side for several years.

As Head Coach, Meyer oversaw a dramatic turnaround in form for South Africa which saw them qualify for their first-ever Rugby World Cup tournament finals during his tenure - eventually reaching the semi-finals.

A passionate advocate of attacking play, Meyer is often credited with making an important contribution to modern-day rugby by developing what is known as 'the Springbok way'. 

This involves expansive running games combined with crisp passing – tactics that have seen success on the international stage under his guidance time and time again. 

Outside of work, Meyer enjoys spending time with their wife Linda, son Luco, and daughters Heyneke and Vic – all avid sports fans themselves.

With over 700 Test caps to his name, it’s safe to say that Meyer knows a thing or two about playing professional rugby – even if he does admit that “it takes more than just being good at your job” to be successful at this level. 

Meyer began his coaching career in 2000 as an assistant coach for the Swartland Districts Rugby Union side. Meyer was appointed head coach of the Stormers in 2002 and led them to three Super 14 titles, two Currie Cups, and a Tri-Nations title during his tenure.

In 2007, Meyer moved to South Africa where he served as an assistant coach with the national team before being named head coach of the Bulls later that year. 

After guiding the Bulls to back-to-back Vodacom Cup titles in 2012 and 2013, Meyer was dismissed from his post in October 2014 after a series of disappointing results on home soil. 

Meyer returned to lead the Stormers for one season before taking over as head coach of South Africa at the international level in December 2016 following Heyneke Erasmus' resignation following their defeat against New Zealand in test match #R7ofthe203rdSeries.

Under Meyer's guidance, South Africa finished runners-up at both The Rugby Championship (2017) and World Cup 2019 qualifying campaign (2018). 

On 12 January 2020, it was announced that Meyer would take over as Head Coach of Lesotho ahead of their inaugural IRB Nations Championship tournament set to be held between 4th – 18th May 2020.

37. Paul Emerick

Paul Emerick Career

  • 2000–2004: Northern Iowa Panthers
  • 2010: Malone RFC
  • 2004–2005: Amatori Catania
  • 2005–2006: Overmach Parma
  • 2006–2008: Dragons
  • 2008–2010: Overmach Parma
  • 2010: Ulster Rugby
  • 2011–2013: London Wasps 
  • 2003–2012: United States
  • 2002–05, 09–10: United States
  • 2018–2021: Houston SaberCats (assistant)
  • 2019: Houston SaberCats (interim head coach)
  • 2022: American Raptors

Paul Emerick is a rugby union player who currently plays for the West Houston Lions in the USA. 

He has played for Northern Iowa Panthers since 2005 and represented his country at the international level on three occasions, including at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

In 2010, he helped Malone RFC to win their first division title in over 20 years. Paul is an extremely versatile player who can play either as a center or wing and has also enjoyed success as a scrum-half throughout his career. 

On January 24th, 1980, Paul was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa – just outside of Des Moines – and began playing rugby at age six with local team Malone RFC before progressing to Northern Iowa Panthers aged 16 where he made his senior debut in 2004 Paul Emerick is a rugby player who has played for Amatori Catania, Dragons, and Ulster Rugby.

He was born in the United Kingdom in 1988. In 2006 he first played for Amatori Catania where he would remain until 2008 when he moved to Parma and then Overmach Parma in 2010. 

His international career started with England U20s where he made his debut against Italy U20s on 1 June 2007 at Florence's Stadio Artemio Franchi stadium scoring 2 tries in a 38-25 victory; this was followed by 3 more caps including one as captain before being called up to the full. 

England squad for their tour of South Africa during November 2009 under new head coach Stuart Lancaster replacing Chris Robshaw who had recently retired from international rugby after captaining England to a World Cup semi-final appearance (the game went into extra time resulting in a 20–18 defeat).

5. On 7 February 2013 it was announced that Paul Emerick had signed with London Wasps starting from the end of season 2012/13 following his release from overmuch parma. He has spent four seasons playing there since joining them midway through the 2011/12 season.

However, due to an injury sustained while playing against Saracens on 17 December 2012 which ruled him out for 9 months, Emerick only featured 4 times in all competitions combined for Wasps next year finishing off on loan at Gloucester Rugby during January 2014. 

Making his return home to play final games for amatory Catania before retiring coinciding with Wasp's relegation from Premiership Rugby at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

38. Pote Human

Pote Human Career

  • 1977: South Africa Schools
  • 1996–1997: Griffons
  • 2005–2006: Blue Bulls
  • 2005–2008: Bulls (assistant)
  • 2008–2010: Ricoh Black Rams (assistant)
  • 2011: UP Tuks (assistant)
  • 2012–2013: Griquas
  • 2013–2017: UP Tuks
  • 2016: Blue Bulls U21
  • 2017–2018: Bulls / Blue Bulls (assistant)
  • 2018-2020: Blue Bulls
  • 2019–2020: Bulls
  • 2021–Present: Houston SaberCats

Pote Human is a retired rugby union player who played for Eastern Province and Free State. He was an eighth man and scored 84 points in his career. Pote Human represented South Africa Schools at the 1977 International Rugby Board (IRB) Schools Tournament, where he helped his team win silverware.

After retiring from playing, Pote Human became a coach with both Eastern Province as well as Free State before joining the national coaching staff of Lesotho in 2016. 

A 63-year-old grandfather, Pote Human lives in Maseru, Lesotho with his wife Estelle and their three children – two sons and one daughter.

Outside of rugby union, Pote Human enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading books, watching football (soccer) matches, and traveling wherever possible Pote Human played for the Griffons from 1996 to 1997. 

Pote Human then spent two years as an assistant coach with the Blue Bulls before rejoining UP Tuks in 2008.

In 2011, he was appointed head coach of Griquas and led them to a second-place finish in their domestic league that year. He left Griquas at the end of 2012 to become an assistant coach with the UPA Pujols Tigers but returned to UP Tuks later that year. 

In 2016, he was appointed head coach of Blue Bulls U21 and helped guide them through a successful season that saw them qualify for the playoffs; they eventually lost out on qualification by one point due to a goal difference (1-0 against Kaizer Chiefs).

On 10 January 2017, it was announced that Pote Human had been named head coach of UP Tuks for another two years effective 20 January 2017 after signing a three-year contract extension with the club; this makes him currently contracted until 2020. 

In December 2018, he resigned as Head Coach of Houston SaberCats citing personal reasons.

39. Liam Murray

Liam Murray Career

  • 2021: Houston SaberCats
  • 2021: Toronto Arrows (loan)
  • 2022-: Dallas Jackals
  • 2017: Canada U20
  • 2017: Canada A
  • 2021: Canada

Liam Murray is a Canadian prop who has played for the Houston SaberCats in both the American and Canadian rugby union leagues. In his two seasons with Houston, Murray has made 20 appearances, scoring 108 points from 15 conversions and 36 penalties.

He joined Toronto Arrows on loan in February 2020, making six appearances before returning to Houston at the end of that season. With over 100 caps for Canada's U20 side and over 30 appearances for their senior team, Murray is considered one of the country's most experienced players at this level.

A powerful scrummager who can also play as a loose forward or second-rower, Murray will be important to any side he joins next season Liam Murray was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on 10 January 2000. 

He started playing hockey at the age of four and began competing nationally at the age of twelve. In his first year of junior eligibility (2016-17), he led all Canadian juniors in scoring with 98 points in 58 games played for the WHL's Kelowna Rockets.

The following season (2017-18) saw him lead all rookies with 71 points as a member of Team Canada's U20 squad that won a silver medal at the 2018 World Junior Championships. 

Liam Murray signed an entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars on 25 May 2018 and made his professional debut later that month against the Arizona Coyotes, recording one goal and two assists in six minutes played while earning third-star honors in a 4-1 victory.

On 15 November 2018, Liam Murray scored his first NHL goal against Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings during their home game 7th night/6th game stretch to help seal a 5-4 win for Dallas.

40. Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas is a 26-year-old Welsh rugby union player who currently plays for the Houston SaberCats in the North American Rugby Premiership. Joe has previously played for Cardiff Blues and London Irish in England, and Neath Port Talbot College in Wales.

Joe made his debut for Cardiff Blues aged just 16 during the 2012–13 season, playing 14 times before being loaned out to the English side London Irish later that year. He would go on to make 56 appearances for both clubs over three seasons before signing with Houston SaberCats ahead of the 2018 season.

Joe is known as an explosive outside center who can create opportunities from nothing, often providing crucial assists or scoring tries himself throughout his career. 

He has been described as "a natural goal scorer" and was named captain of Cardiff Blues at just 21 years old – becoming only the second Welshman ever to hold this position (the first being Gareth Davies).

In May 2019, it was announced that Joe had signed a two-year extension with Houston SaberCats until 2021 which will keep him with the team through 2020 World Cup qualifying rounds and into 2021 PRO Rugby season. 

Outside of rugby, Joe enjoys spending time with family and friends outdoors including fishing, cycling, skiing and running – he also supports local football teams Arsenal FC and Swansea City AFC.

Joe Thomas is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Leicester Tigers in England. Joe was born on 25th October 1992 and is from Wigan, Greater Manchester in North West England. 

Joe started playing rugby union at school but switched to rugby league when he moved to junior club Leigh Centurions aged 15 After impressing with Leigh during his time there, Thomas signed for the National Rugby League side St George Illawarra Dragons in 2011 where he stayed until 2015 5.

In February of that year, Joe joined Welsh Super League side Ospreys 6. He has since played 10 games for them scoring six tries.

41. Lucas Albornoz

Lucas Albornoz Career

  • 2018: Northland
  • 2021: present Houston SaberCats
  • 2017: Canada

Lucas Albornoz was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 29th, 1991. He played rugby union for Canada and has represented his country at the junior level and internationally.

In 2016, he signed with Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne and made an immediate impact by scoring seven tries in eleven appearances during their inaugural season in the competition. 

Despite poor disciplinary record which saw him banned from playing club rugby for six weeks after pulling out of a match against Racing 92 due to injury, Lucas is still seen as one of Canada's brightest prospects for international success in years to come.

Lucas Albornoz is a professional gridiron football player who has played for the Houston SaberCats of the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. Lucas was born in Toronto, Canada on December 3rd, 1997. 

He attended Northland College where he played college football from 2016-2018. Lucas made his NFL debut with the SaberCats on September 10th, 2021 against the Arizona Cardinals. 

He registered 2 tackles during that game before being placed on injured reserve afterward due to an ankle injury sustained in Week 4 of that season.

In 2018, he appeared in all 16 games for Northland as they finished with a record of 2 wins and 0 losses before making their way to Houston in 2019 where he has remained ever since - registering 10 total apps (0 starts) over those two seasons combined while totaling 0 points scored including zero touchdowns or interceptions through his first 11 outings this year alone. 

As one of only 6 Canadian players currently playing professionally in any American sport at any level - along with Olympic gold medalists Christine Sinclair and Kaylyn Kyle as well as CFL stars Jameis Winston and Mike Reilly among others - there's no doubt about just how big of an impact Lucas' success story continues to be both domestically & Internationally.

Final Words

Houston Sabercats have had some great players over the years, but no player has been more important to the team than head coach Matt Hawkins. He has led Houston to three championships in their inaugural season and continues to build a formidable squad.

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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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