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Dylan Audsley (born January 15, 1994) is an American rugby union player who plays center and fullback for the San Diego Legion and United States men's national team. In 2016, Audsley was the first recipient of the Rudy Scholz Award, given to the best men’s college rugby player in the United States.

Dylan Audsley
Date of birth (1994-01-15) January 15, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birthLondon, England
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight195 lb (88 kg)
SchoolChaparral High School
UniversitySaint Mary's College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Fullback
Current team San Diego Legion
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2018– San Diego Legion 16 (36)
Correct as of May 5, 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 United States U20 4 (5)
2016 United States U23 3 (27)
2018 USA Selects 3 (28)
2018– United States 8 (10)
Correct as of March 2, 2019

Early lifeEdit

Audsley was born in the United Kingdom, the son of an American mother.[1] He moved to the United States and attended Notre Dame High School and Chaparral High School, graduating from the latter in 2012.[1] Audsley then attended Saint Mary's College where he led the rugby team to a national championship in 2017.[2] Audsley scored 25 of the Gaels' 30 points in their 30–24 national championship game victory over Life University.[2] While at St. Mary's, Audsley was the first recipient of the Rudy Scholz Award, an award given to the best men’s college rugby player in the United States and named after two-time Olympic gold medalist and World War I and World War II veteran Rudy Scholz.[3] Audsley graduated from St. Mary's in 2017 with a degree in Art History.[1]

Club careerEdit

It was announced in January 2018 that Audsley would joining the San Diego Legion for Major League Rugby's inaugural 2018 season.[4] Audsley made his debut for the Legion on April 29 in a 31–24 victory over Utah, scoring on his only conversion attempt.[5]

International careerEdit

USA Junior All-AmericansEdit

Audsley made his debut in international play with the United States men's national under-20 team (Junior All-Americans) in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[1] Audsley made his first appearance for the Junior All-Americans as a 68th minute substitute in a 45–3 defeat to France on June 9.[6] Audsley made his first start for the Junior All-Americans at fullback in a 109–0 loss to England on June 13.[7] Audsley scored his first points for the Junior All-Americans on a penalty goal in a 39–3 defeat to Scotland on June 18.[8] Audsley concluded the tournament by scoring a conversion for the Junior All-Americans in their 46–12 loss to Fiji on June 23.[9] Audsley was expected to be selected to represent the United States in the 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, but he was unable to participate due to an injury.[1]

USA Collegiate All-AmericansEdit

Audsley was selected to represent the United States in the Men's Collegiate All-Americans' (MCAAs) 2016 tour of Queensland, Australia.[10] Audsley made his debut for the MCAAs as a substitute, scoring a conversion, in their August 6 victory over a Darling Downs Select Side.[11] Audsley scored an additional 10 points for the MCAAs in their August 10 match against Brothers Rugby Club.[12] Audsley concluded the Queensland tour by scoring 15 points for the MCAAs in their August 14 match against the Queensland Premier Barbarians.[13]

USA SelectsEdit

In September 2018, it was announced that Audsley had been selected for the USA Selects roster for the 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge.[14]

USA EaglesEdit

Audlsey made his debut with the USA Eagles on February 3, 2018, appearing as a substitute in the Eagles' 17–10 victory over Argentina XV in the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC).[15] Audsley earned his first cap with the Eagles on February 10, 2018, starting at center in the Eagles' 29–10 victory over Canada in the ARC.[16] Audsley scored his first two tries for the Eagles in the Eagles' 45–13 victory over Chile on February 17, 2018.[17] Audsley was named to the Eagles' roster for the 2018 mid-year tests; he is expected to play at fullback while Mike Te'o recovers from injury.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "San Diego Legion Signs Dylan Audsley". DJCoilRugby. February 19, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "St. Mary's, Cal win national rugby titles". San Francisco Chronicle. May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Goff, Alex (April 27, 2016). "Scholz Award to Audsley". Goff Rugby Report. Goff Communications. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Te'o joins Matyas at San Diego Legion". Americas Rugby News. January 4, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "San Diego spoils Utah's MLR debut". Americas Rugby News. April 30, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "IRB Junior World Championship 2013, Match 10". worldrugby.org. World Rugby. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "IRB Junior World Championship 2013, Match 13". worldrugby.org. World Rugby. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "IRB Junior World Championship 2013, Match 20". worldrugby.org. World Rugby. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "IRB Junior World Championship 2013, Match 26". worldrugby.org. World Rugby. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Wise, Chad (July 15, 2016). "Squad Selected for AIG MCAA Tour to Queensland Sponsored by Welldog". Lafayette, Colorado: USA Rugby. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Wise, Chad (August 6, 2016). "AIG MCAAs Open Tour with Win Against Darling Downs". Toowoomba, Queensland: USA Rugby. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  12. ^ Wise, Chad (August 10, 2016). "Late Penalty Sees Brothers Over All-Americans on Tour". Brisbane, Queensland: USA Rugby. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Wise, Chad (August 15, 2016). "AIG MCAAs Leave Australia with 1–2 Record, Invaluable Experience". Ballymore, Queensland: USA Rugby. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "USA Selects named for Americas Pacific Challenge". Americas Rugby News. September 13, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "USA defeat Argentina XV in ARC thriller". Americas Rugby News. February 4, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Dominant second half sees USA defeat Canada". Americas Rugby News. February 10, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "Eagles overcome slow start to smash Chile". Americas Rugby News. February 17, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Callum Black in Eagles squad for June tests". Americas Rugby News. May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.