Jackals Welcome Wing Ryan James
Ryan started playing rugby after his uncle and cousin introduced him to the game. One thing led to the next and they ended up starting their own team, the Aztec Warriors Youth Rugby, based in San Diego, CA. He continued to play for the Aztecs from 2011-2018 and also joined the SoCal Griffins in 2013. Ryan was named High School All-American in 2014 and 2016 before he continued overseas to play for the U19s 7s Dubia team. In 2018, he helped the Dubia team to win the Championship.
Back in the states, he joined the Glendale Raptors Academy based in Glendale, CO before moving to the San Diego Legion Academy in 2019. Along with this, he played on the USA U20s team two-time and participated in the World Rugby North American Rugby Academy (NARA). For the 2020 season, Ryan signed professionally in the MLR with the CO Raptors.
Ryan said, “I love the camaraderie and sense of community the sport offers. This sport has allowed me to travel the world and view different cultures at such a young age. Those experiences were priceless.”
Through the life lessons rugby teaches, Ryan says he’s had the opportunity to help young players during his coaching time with the Nike Rugby Camps in CA and the Glendale Youth teams in CO.
Ryan is the only boy with 3 sisters, so sports has always been an outlet and way to make life-long friendships. His two older sisters swim and play water polo, while his younger sister is following his footsteps in rugby. He says, “my parents are both very supportive in what I’ve been able to accomplish as an athlete, and I am so grateful for all the support I have from my family in Australia and New Zealand.”
Ryan is excited to join a new program and is eager to make an impact in the league. He has no doubt Dallas Jackals fans will bring high energy to every home match! Welcome to the pack Ryan!
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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