Former LA Giltini Dylan James Come to Dallas
The Dallas Jackals are happy to announce Dylan James has signed with Dallas! Former LA Giltini looks to continue his MLR career during the Jackals 2022 Inaugural Season.
James, 23, began playing rugby at 10 years old for Santa Monica RC, where he actually still competes in the off season. His introduction to rugby was actually made by his youth football coach.
James played representative rugby with the SoCal Griffins in 2015/16 follow by competing in the 2016 North American Invitational 7s with Atavus All-Star Boys. In 2017, he played with the Santa Monica Dolphins and the USA Club 7s Nationals.
Adding to his rugby resume, James played for the University of Utah for over two years before joining the Utah Warriors Selects.
Moving back to his home state, James joined the Giltinis Academy and was soon called up during the 2021 MLR season.
In his free time, James likes to surf and golf. Even more on the adventures side, he recently finished Stuntman school.
“I’m really excited to play with some familiar faces (old teammates), against all the other teams, and to play in the huge Choctaw Stadium,” James said.
When asked about Texas, James said he looks forward to trying the BBQ, commenting, “I’ve heard it’s amazing.”
Jackals GM Elaine Vassie said, “Dylan’s an exciting young American player who’s evasive and brings a fast tempo and desire to keep the ball alive. Without the ball, he certainly fits the attack to get the ball back mindset and punches well above his weight!”
Welcome to the Pack Dylan!
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 2022. 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 fifth season and represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2022, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, and ESPN+, among other national and local market platforms. All matches are available on Facebook Live for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit MajorLeague.Rugby.
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