Prop Marco Fepulea’i Joins the Jackals
Marco is from Auckland, New Zealand and began playing backyard rugby at a young age. Hailing from a family that has produced two All Blacks, the New Zealand national rugby side, Marco attended the prestigious rugby school Auckland Grammar School. It was during this time he found his passion for rugby and decided to pursue it professionally.
After high school, Marco continued his career playing for the U20 Blues in the Super Rugby league. Marco also played for Ponsonby Rugby Club before joining Auckland Rugby and representing his home city. In 2015, Marco played internationally on the Samoa U20’s, Samoa’s junior national squad.
Marco went on to compete for Auckland in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup. He returns to the Auckland squad for each MLR off-season. In 2019, Marco joined the Colorado Raptors and made 16 appearances in his first season.
Marco said, “Next to rugby, my family is everything to me.” Marco has shared that his Grandma was a huge inspiration to start playing, “Her passion for the game rubbed off on me.” Marco said he wouldn’t have been able to achieve all of this without the love and support of his family.
“I’m excited for the new challenge with the Dallas Jackals,” Marco commented. “After talking with Coach Allen, I’m pumped to a part of his vision.” Marco continued, “I’ve been told everything is bigger and better in Texas, so I’m excited for the move to Dallas.” Welcome to the pack Marco!
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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