Two of Old Glory's stalwart starters, Danny Tusitala and Renata Roberts Te-Nana, have reached a milestone with Old Glory. The moment both stepped on the pitch against San Diego this past weekend, they earned their 20th caps with the team. Both have played in every single official match that Old Glory has played.
Tusitala also has the distinction of having played more minutes than any other Old Glory player. He has racked up an impressive 1,553 minutes of playing time, meaning that he has missed just 37 total minutes of rugby in Old Glory's MLR history. That's an average of 78 minutes per match. Tusitala has started in every single match, a testament to his quality as a player.
Roberts-Te Nana isn't too far behind him, though, having played 1,491 minutes with the team. That's an average of 75 minutes per match, mostly brought down by coming off the bench for a couple of matches in 2020. Those were the only two matches he didn't start in, as the loaded back line and his versatility as a player saw him play the role of finisher.
The only other players to come close to their cap numbers are Tevita Naqali and Jason Robertson, both with 18 caps. Tevita Naqali, assuming he returns next year, will likely hit 20 caps before long. Jason Robertson, however, won't make it to 20 before he leaves for France at the end of the season.
Despite having more caps and more points, both Tusitala and Roberts-Te Nana are behind Robertson in points scored for the team. Robertson has totaled 163 points for Old Glory, which is roughly a third of all of the points the team has ever scored. Tusitala is next on the list with 56 points, followed by Roberts-Te Nana with 39 points.
Congratulations to Danny Tusitala and Renata Roberts-Te Nana! Let's hope we get to see a lot more of both of them.