Old Glory co-captain Mungo Mason will be leaving the team at the end of the year to continue his academic career at Oxford. The 25-year-old will be studying for a Master of Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment degree at the prestigious English institution. He already holds a law degree, having graduated from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
Mungo was Old Glory’s go-to starter in the number seven jersey, earning 17 caps in his two seasons with the club. The flanker was a hard worker on the field, putting in a full 80-minute performance in all but a couple of his performances. He scored four tries for 20 total points for Old Glory, the most of any forward on the team.
Mungo was an important leader for the team as well. He was a level-headed captain on the field, often leveraging his skills as a lawyer to placate both referees and his own players. He was a good role model in his play, too, with a scrappy style that took full advantage of his opponents’ errors. Cries of “Mungo!” would ring from the stands when he would make a break through the line, ball in hand. It was truly a pleasure to watch him play.
It’s a shame to see him go, but we wish him all the best in the UK.