Jackals Sign Center Chad London
Chad is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa where as a child he played every sport he could. He credits his parents for encouraging him and his siblings to participate in youth sports.
Unknowing to many, the first sport Chad participated in competitively was BMX Racing. He began racing at four years old and continued to represent South Africa through grade school. He went on to compete in the World BMX Racing Championships in the US.
Chad started playing rugby at eight years old. It was only natural for him to play rugby having multiple family members play, including his older brother. During his schooling, Chad attended a boarding school in Johannesburg where “rugby was like a religion.” He represented the school for two years where he jumped between positions, but mainly played scrum half and fly half.
Following high school, he attended the University of Johannesburg for chiropractic studies. After two years, Chad was offered a rugby scholarship to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. While playing at Palmer, he was recognized as an All-American. After graduating with his Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree, Chad moved to Colorado and signed with the Glendale Raptors. In 2014, Chad was the leading scorer in the Pacific Rugby Premiership and was named Club Player of the Year by Rugby Today. Two years later Chad joined the Denver Stampede, the first professional rugby team in Colorado, and helped them win the Championship their first season.
In 2017 Chad returned and was chosen co-captain of the Raptors, who he represented through 2020 until signing with the Jackals. Chad is excited to move to a city of sports fans like Dallas. He says, “the club has a clear vision of where they want the club to go and what kind of professional rugby they want to bring to Dallas.” Welcome to the pack Chad!
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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