It has been announced that reserve lock David Beach will be heading to Utah on a temporary loan for the remainder of the 2022 season. He will bolster the Warriors' second row, which has become shallow in recent weeks due to injuries. While the Warriors have been eliminated from the playoffs, it's still important for them to be able to field a complete team, and Beach allows them to do that.
A former wrestler in high school, Beach got experience playing rugby for club teams Presque Isle RFC and Mystic River. In 2019, he played for Stars Rugby XV against the Capital selects. Motivated to improve his game, he worked intensively with former professional boxer George Linberger and Ty James. He signed with Old Glory DC for the 2021 season, although he didn't see any playing time as the fourth-string lock on the team. This season, due to the injuries and availability problems at the start of the season, Beach played in one match and was on the roster for another.
With four top-level locks in Stan South, Tevita Naqali, Api Naikatini, and Felix Kalapu, there likely wouldn't have been much if any space for Beach in the match day rosters this season. Hopefully, he'll have a bit more playing time and gain some experience in Utah. It can also be every educational for players to experience a different setup, which will have different structures, practices, and culture. This should be a great opportunity for his development, which OGDC will benefit from next season.