Old Glory DC

Old Glory DC RFC is a professional rugby union team that is a member of Major League Rugby (MLR), founded in 2018. The organization is led by two local business leaders, former USA Eagles' Paul Sheehy and local club rugby player Chris Dunlavey.[1] The Scottish Rugby Union has a part ownership of the team. Andrew Douglas is the head coach. Old Glory played an abbreviated schedule of exhibition games in 2019 and began regular-season MLR play in 2020.

Old Glory DC RFC
Old Glory DC logo.png
Founded2018
LocationWashington, D.C.
Ground(s)Cardinal Stadium (2020)
Segra Field (2021–present) (Capacity: 5,000)
ChairmanPaul Sheehy
Chris Dunlavey
Scottish Rugby Union
Coach(es)Andrew Douglas
Captain(s)Mungo Mason & Thretton Palamo
League(s)Major League Rugby
Official website
oldglorydc.com

HistoryEdit

Major League Rugby (MLR) announced on May 15, 2018, that an MLR expansion team would begin play in Washington, D.C., by no later than the 2020 season[2] and confirmed the team in November 2018.[3] On February 6, 2019, the team name was announced as Old Glory DC.

On March 28, 2019, the Scottish Rugby Union announced that it had purchased a minority interest in the team.[4]

Old Glory DC moved to Segra Field in Loudoun County, Virginia for the 2021 season.[5]

SponsorshipEdit

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Other Shirt sponsor(s)
2019 Adidas Cuisine Solutions None
2020–present Paladin Sports Leidos
Iron Vine Security

RosterEdit

The Old Glory DC squad for the 2021 Major League Rugby season is:[6]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Mo Katz Hooker   United States
James King* Hooker   Australia
Dante Lopresti Hooker   United States
Mike Sosene-Feagai Hooker   United States
Jack Carroll Prop   United States
Jamie Dever Prop   Ireland
Jack Iscaro Prop   United States
Steven Longwell Prop   Scotland
Max Lum Prop   United States
Hannibal Vaivao Prop   United States
David Beach Lock   United States
Apisai Naikatini Lock   Fiji
Tevita Naqali Lock   Fiji
Casey Renaud Lock   United States
Stan South Lock   England
Cory Daniel Flanker   United States
Callum Gibbins Flanker   New Zealand
Matthew Gordon Flanker   United States
Mungo Mason (cc) Flanker   Scotland
Dacoda Worth Flanker   United States
Josh Brown Number 8   United States
Luke Campbell Number 8   Canada
Jamason Faʻanana-Schultz Number 8   United States
Player Position Union
Sean Hartig Scrum-half   United States
Danny Thomas* Scrum-half   England
Danny Tusitala Scrum-half   Samoa
Tyler Myles Fly-half   United States
Jason Robertson Fly-half   New Zealand
Owen Sheehy Fly-half   United States
Doug Fraser Centre   Canada
Ciaran Hearn Centre   Canada
Simi Moala* Centre   Tonga
Thretton Palamo (cc) Centre   United States
Sam Cusano Wing   United States
D'Montae Noble Wing   United States
Renata Roberts-Tenana Wing   New Zealand
Mike Dabulas Fullback   United States
Osea Kolinisau Fullback   Fiji
Dylan Taikato-Simpson Fullback   New Zealand
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players are listed in bold.
  • * denotes players qualified to play for the United States on dual nationality or residency grounds.
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match.

Head coachesEdit

CaptainsEdit

RecordsEdit

Season standings
Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2020 3rd 5 4 0 1 122 129 -7 1 17   Season cut short due to Coronavirus Pandemic

2019 seasonEdit

All games in the 2019 season were exhibition games and did not count in the MLR standings.

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
May 19 Shannon RFC Home Cardinal Stadium Lost, 22-26
May 27 Scotland U-20 Home Cardinal Stadium Lost, 7-70
June 1 USA Rugby South Panthers Home Cardinal Stadium Won, 28-7
June 9 Ontario Blues Home Cardinal Stadium Won, 29-15

2020 seasonEdit

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to fears surrounding the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic.[7] It was cancelled the following week.[8]

Regular season
Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
February 8 New Orleans Gold Away Gold Mine Lost, 13-46
February 16 Seattle Seawolves Home Cardinal Stadium Won, 28-22
February 22 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium Won, 22-13
February 29 Austin Gilgronis Away Toyota Stadium Won, 28-19
March 8 Rugby ATL Home Cardinal Stadium Won, 31-29
March 15 Colorado Raptors Home Cardinal Stadium Cancelled
March 22 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium Cancelled
March 29 Rugby United New York Home Cardinal Stadium Cancelled
April 11 New Orleans Gold Home Cardinal Stadium Cancelled
April 18 New England Free Jacks Away Union Point Sports Complex Cancelled
April 26 Toronto Arrows Home Cardinal Stadium Cancelled
May 3 Utah Warriors Home Cardinal Stadium Cancelled
May 9 Rugby United New York Away MCU Park Cancelled
May 17 Rugby ATL Away Life University Running Eagles Stadium Cancelled
May 24 New England Free Jacks Home Cardinal Stadium Cancelled
May 31 Toronto Arrows Away Lamport Stadium Cancelled

2021 seasonEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
March 21 NOLA Gold Away Gold Mine Draw, 26-26
March 27 Rugby ATL Home Segra Field Won, 30-23
April 3 Toronto Arrows Home Segra Field Lost, 19-40
April 18 RUNY Away MCU Park Lost, 34-38
April 25 New England Free Jacks Home Segra Field Won, 35-22
May 1 LA Giltinis Away Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Lost, 17-47
May 8 Utah Warriors Away Zions Bank Stadium Lost, 33-34
May 16 Seattle Seawolves Home Segra Field Won, 22-18
May 22 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium Won, 21-13
May 30 RUNY Home Segra Field Lost, 10-46
June 6 New England Free Jacks Away Union Point Sports Complex Lost, 34-38
June 12 NOLA Gold Home Segra Field Lost, 21-25
June 26 Rugby ATL Away Lupo Family Field
July 4 Toronto Arrows Away Lupo Family Field[a]
July 10 San Diego Legion Home Segra Field
July 17 Austin Gilgronis Home Segra Field

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Team has temporarily relocated for the 2021 season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Neibauer, Michael (May 17, 2018). "Two local business leaders may field professional D.C. rugby team". Washington Business Journal.
  2. ^ Pengelly, Martin (May 15, 2018). "Washington DC team to enter Major League Rugby 'no later' than 2020". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Rowe, James (November 3, 2018). "Toronto Officially Joins Major League Rugby For 2019; Washington, DC In 2020". The Runner Sports.
  4. ^ "Scottish Rugby take minority stake in new U.S. team". ESPN. Reuters. March 28, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Augenstein, Neal (October 22, 2020). "Pro rugby team Old Glory DC moving to Loudoun County". WTOP-FM. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Old Glory DC". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  7. ^ "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS". Major League Rugby. March 12, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  8. ^ "Major League Rugby cancels remainder of 2020 campaign". Yahoo! Sports. Agence France-Presse. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.