Former Baylor Running Back Peni Tagive Joins The Dallas Jackals
The Dallas Jackals have signed former Sydney Rooster Ratu Peni Tagive for the 2021 season. The former Austin Gilgroni wing is US qualified and is excited to be part of the Jackals inaugural season.
Peni was born and raised in Cambelltown, New South Wales, a town located just outside of Sydney Australia, and began playing rugby league and union at 7 years old. In the early years of his career, Peni played mostly rugby league. He competed for the East Cambelltown Eagles as well as in the S.G. Ball and Jersey Flegg for Western Suburbs MagPies. Peni says, “For as long as I could remember, rugby was always a part of my family.”
Peni went on to be selected to represent Australia by the Australian Schoolboy on the Wests Tigers. Here he competed alongside Chris Lawrence, former Australian rugby star, in the National Rugby League (NRL).
In 2009, Peni signed with the St. George Illawarra Dragons for the following two seasons. In the first trail game, an injury put Peni on the sidelines for the rest of the season. In 2011, he joined the Sydney Roosters. Peni ended the 2012 season playing for the feeder team Newtown Jets, winning the NSW Cup championship, after a hamstring injury.
Wanting to focus on his studies, Peni moved to the US and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He played American football as a running back for the Baylor Bears and was part of the Big 12 Championship teams in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology.
Peni then moved back to Australia and rejoined the Wests before being named to the Canberra Viking. The Vikings went on to win the 2015 National Rugby Championship. In 2016, Peni moved to Scotland after signing with the Glasgow Warriors for one season.
Peni returned to Texas and played for the Austin Huns in 2017 before being part of Tiger Rugby’s Hong Kong 10s squad. In 2018, he was selected for the USA Rugby Eagles training squad for 7s and 15s, but suffered an injury during training. After recovery, Peni played for Old Blue RC in New York winning the Elite Cup XVs Championship.
In 2019, Peni joined the Austin Gilgronis, then Austin Herd, who he competed with in the 2019 and 2020 MLR season.
“I’m excited for another opportunity to play the game I love,” Peni said. “I also look forward to helping build a great rugby culture in Dallas. The market for rugby is massive in the city of Dallas and the state of Texas.”
Peni continued, “I can’t wait to get to work and learn from my new coaching staff, teammates, and everyone associated with the organization.” Welcome to the pack Peni!
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2021. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. The competition follows an 18-week regular schedule for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, ESPN+, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
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