Cam Dolan

Cameron Dolan (born March 7, 1990) is an American rugby union player who normally plays at the Number 8 position. He currently plays professionally for the NOLA Gold in Major League Rugby (MLR). Dolan is one of few Americans to have played rugby outside the United States, at professional level.

Cameron Alexander Dolan
Cam Dolan 2015 RWC.jpg
Birth nameCameron Alexander Dolan
Date of birth (1990-03-07) March 7, 1990 (age 30)
Place of birthFort Myers, Fl., United States
Height198 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight115 kg (254 lb; 18 st 2 lb)
UniversityLife University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8, Flanker, Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2013 Life University ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2015
2015–2017
2018
2018
2019-present
Northampton Saints
Cardiff Blues
San Diego Legion
Nottingham

New Orleans Gold
1
20
6
4
15
(0)
(20)
(0)
(5)
(35)
Correct as of 31 March 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

2013–present
United States U20
United States

51

(80)
Correct as of 15 December 2019

Early careerEdit

Dolan began playing rugby in high school with the Naples Bears in Florida,[1] before playing college rugby at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dolan played with Life University at the Collegiate Rugby Championship, and was named to the CRC All-Tournament team in 2012 and 2013. At Life University, Dolan was a four-time First Team All-American, and won a National Championship in 2013.[2]

Club careerEdit

Dolan's performance against the Maori in November 2013 was seen by Jim Mallinder, Head Coach of Northampton Saints, who offered Dolan a professional contract with the Saints.[3] Dolan was brought in as an injury replacement for James Craig. Dolan joined fellow U.S. international Samu Manoa at the club. Dolan did not make any first team appearances for Northampton during the 2013–14 season. However, he made several appearances for the Saints' sevens team and second side, Wanderers.[4] His strong performances in training earned him a one-year extension with Saints for the 2014–15 Premiership season.[5] Dolan made his professional debut for Northampton Saints on January 31, 2015 in the Anglo Welsh Cup.[6]

Following two seasons with Saints, Dolan joined Cardiff Blues for the 2015-16 Pro 12 season.[7]

International careerEdit

Dolan first appeared on the International scene during 2009, where he was named captain of the United States U20's team for the 2009 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.[8] At this time he was the United States Rugby Foundation Development Grant Recipient, which is a foundation to develop and improve upcoming rugby talent in the United States.

His efforts for the Under 20s side and his club side landed Dolan in the United States senior side for the 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, the inaugural year for the United States in the competition. He made his full International debut at No.8 against Fiji, as a replacement for captain Todd Clever who was unable to play this match due to injury. His third and fourth cap, came when the USA faced Canada in Round 3 of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Americas qualifications, which ended in a 2–0 defeat thus parachuting USA down to the NACRA-CONSUR playoff final.

In October 2013, Dolan was named captain for the USA Select XV side in the 2013 Americas Rugby Championship. He led the side to two victories; against Canada A and Uruguay.[9][10] Following this Championship, Dolan was named in the American squad for their 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests. He was named Man of the Match in their opening game against the Māori All Blacks, picking up a try at the 71st minute.[11]

At the conclusion of 2013, Dolan was named the U.S. Breakout Player of the Year by Rugby Mag.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "US Eagles No8 Cam Dolan signs for Northampton Saints", Guardian.com, December 16, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2014
  2. ^ "USA Men's Eagles - Cam Dolan". Archived from the original on 2014-06-13. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  3. ^ US Eagles No8 Cam Dolan signs for Northampton Saints
  4. ^ "Cam Dolan Signs Extension With Northampton, Tuisamoa Joins London Scottish". This is american rugby. this is american rugby. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Cam Dolan Signs Extension With Northampton, Tuisamoa Joins London Scottish". This is american rugby. this is american rugby. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints". espnscrum. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Americans On The Move In A Busy Offseason". TIAR. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. ^ "USRF Development Grant Recipient Cameron Dolan Named Captain of USA Men's U20s Team". Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  9. ^ USA SELECT XV DEFEAT CANADA A
  10. ^ USA 20, Uruguay 8
  11. ^ Capacity crowd witnesses compelling 19-29 Eagles loss in Philadelphia Archived 2014-01-13 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "USA Rugby and Northampton Saints Cam Dolan Answers Some Tough and Not So Tough Questions", Rugby Wrap Up, April 5, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.

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