Skyler Adams Joins The Pack
Skyler is from Black Forest, Colorado and went to Pine Creek High School. He began playing rugby at 15 years old with the Colorado Grizzlies RFC when his friends fibbed about “how many weekly training sessions there were and the running involved.” Skyler quickly figured out how tough rugby actually was. He helped the Grizzlies win two State Championships, was captain of the U17 Colorado Select team, and was selected for the Rugby Colorado U19 team in 2010 and 2011.
After graduating high school in 2012, Skyler went on to play at Linwood University for one season. He then signed with the Glendale Raptors DI team and continued his education at Pikes Peak Community College.
In 2013, Skyler transferred to American International College (AIC) where he played rugby through 2017 when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History. While team captain 2014-2016, he led the team to three East Coast Rugby Conference Championships and was selected for the East Coast Rugby Conference All-Conference team. He also was nominated for the Goff Rugby Leadership Award in 2015 and won the Robert Burke Athletic Director’s Award in 2017. Skyler says, “I was fortunate enough to attend AIC and become the first in my family to complete university while gaining exposure to great rugby coaching and athletes.”
After college, Skyler moved to Christchurch, New Zealand to play for the BNZ Crusaders International Academy. While in New Zealand, he also played for the Marist Albion RFC and New Brighton RFC. Skyler says he has had “an immense amount of help from coaches and mentors including Josh Macy, Rob Guiry, and Pete Lang, to name a few.” Skyler returned to the United States to play for the Austin Gilgronis for the 2020 MLR season. Skyler is excited to be a part of a new program and looks forward to working with Coach Clarke and Coach Vassie. He says, “There is something beautiful about a good old fashioned rivalry. Saying that, I long to bring home the Texas Cup where it belongs!” Welcome to the pack Skyler!
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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