Jackals Welcome Henry Stevenson
Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, rugby was part of Henry’s school’s culture. He started playing in the seventh grade and joined the Toronto Nomads Rugby Club, which produces some of the most talented players in Canada. To further develop his skills, Henry took part in the Canadian Maple Leafs 7s National Development Program. At 17 years old, Henry was selected to represent Canada at the Youth Commonwealth Games. He says, “it was a life changing experience and solidified my dream to become a professional rugby player.”
Henry continued his rugby career Ontario Blues Sr. Men’s Provincial Program, which is a program to bridge the gap between the Blues and playing professionally. While with the Blues, he assisted the team to win the National 7s Championship.
Henry went on to start his college degree studying Economics and Finance and playing at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Coming from parents who participated in college sports, his mother being in the University of Saskatoon Hall of Fame for Track and Field, Henry knew the impact this could have on his career. Playing on the Canada U20 team, Henry did a tour in Portugal and Spain. Last year, he helped his team win the North American Invitational 7s Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Henry says rugby has allowed him to travel across the world to discover new countries and make new friends. He is excited to have the “opportunity to help build the culture and define what it means to be a Jackal.” He says, playing in an “environment with such knowledgeable management [in Allen Clarke and Elaine Vassie] will give me the best opportunity to further cultivate my rugby skills.” Henry is excited to help grow the game of rugby in North America and says, “MLR is a pathway that is developing the next generation of rugby talent which will allow North American players to find more success internationally.”
For Henry, moving to Dallas “will feel just like home since Canada is known for the similar Southern hospitality.” He continued, “being Canadian, I’m naturally a hockey fan so I’m excited to see a Stars game.” Welcome to the pack Henry!
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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