Former Raptor Robbie Petzer Comes to Dallas
Robbie was born and raised in Vredefort, South Africa, which is in the centrally located province of Free State. He says he has played rugby for as long as he can remember. “My father gave me a rugby ball when I was born and ever since then I couldn’t put it down,” Robbie says.
Robbie attended high school at Die Afrikaanse Hoerskool in Kroonstad before being selected to play for Northern Free State Griffons at the U16 Grant Khomo Week in 2012. Next he moved to Kimberly and attended Noord- Kaap Hoerskool and was chosen to play for the Griquas in the annual Craven Week team in 2016.
In 2015, Robbie joined the Western Province U19 side, a professional rugby union team in Cape Town. After a year, Robbie returned to the Griffons and represented them in the 2016 U20 Provisional Championship where he scored 111 points, third most in the competition. In 2016, he also attended University of Free State playing for the U20 young Guns.
In the first half of the 2017 season, Robbie continued with the Griffons playing in the 2017 Rugby Challenge. Robbie then joined the Free State Cheetahs and made his Currie Cup debut. After a few team injuries, Robbie was called up to the Cheetah’s Pro14 side. Robbie went on to make three more starts in the Currie Cup competition.
In 2018, Robbie moved to George, South Africa and represented the SWD Eagles where he made eight appearances. He then signed with the Colorado Raptors for the 2019 MLR season. In 2019, he also returned to represent the Griffons who were Currie Cup runner-ups.
Robbie returned to the Colorado Raptors for the 2020 season. Robbie says, “Rugby has always been in my blood and a big passion of mine. I am blessed beyond measure to be able to do what I love and dreamed of doing my whole life. Since my first professional contract in 2017, I have never looked back.”
Robbie is excited to be a Jackal, “It doesn’t happen often to be a part of a team being established new and fresh in a league.” He continued that he is honored to join the Jackals family and be a part of the legacy.
Robbie believes the team the coaching staff has assembled will be highly competitive and he is excited to play alongside new and old teammates. “I want us to get out there and build our brand of rugby and playing style.” He continued, “plus, I still hold the MLR’s record for the most individual points in a game so I look forward to getting the chance to defend that.”
Coming from a small town, Robbie is excited to see what Dallas has in store for him and looks forward to meeting fans. “From my understanding, Dallas has some crazy and proud sports fans and I hope to get them all behind us,” he said. Welcome to the pack Robbie!
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 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. 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 12 teams in 2021, featuring 11 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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