Old Glory 2021 Player Re-Signings Tracker

Despite the uncertain times, Major League Rugby will eventually return with Old Glory as part of the lineup. As they start announcing the re-signings of players, we will track them here.

PlayerPositionStatus
Mike Sosene-FeagaiHookerNo news
Mo KatzHookerRe-signed
Max LumHookerNo news
Dante LoprestiProp/HookerNo news
Tendai MtawariraPropLeaving
Will VakalahiPropRe-signed
Jack IscaroPropRe-signed
Khalid WilliamsPropNo news
Jake TurnbullPropNo news
Gordon FullertonPropNo news
Apisai NaikatiniLockRe-Signed
Tevita NaqaliLockNo news
Dylan PieterseLockNo news
Mungo MasonFlankerRe-signed
Travis LarsenFlankerNo news
Cory DanielFlankerNo news
Dacoda WorthFlankerNo news
Matt HughstonFlankerNo news
Nic MirhashemFlankerRe-signed
Jack McLeanFlankerNo news
Jamason Fa’anana-Shultz8Re-signed
Josh Brown8No news
Danny TusitalaScrum-halfNo news
Michael ReidScrum-halfNo news
Sean HartigScrum-halfRe-signed
Jason RobertsonFly-halfRe-signed
Mike DabulasFly-halfRe-signed
Tyler MilesFly-halfNo news
Doug FraserCenterNo news
Ciaran HearnCenterRe-signed
Thretton PalamoCenter/WingRe-signed
Declan O’DonnellWingNo news
Ryan BurroughsWingNo news
Vetekina MalafuWingNo news
Renata Roberts-TenanaWingNo news
Dylan Taikato-SimpsonFullbackNo news
Players in bold were in the starting 15 for 2020.

Co-Captain Mungo Mason re-signs with Old Glory

Flanker Mungo Mason was an integral part of the Old Glory team that exceeded expectations last year. He personally contributed a ton to both attack and defense, being in the top four for both ball carries and tackles in the league. However, perhaps more important was his leadership. The Old Glory forwards struggled with scrums and lineouts the whole season, and that can have a demoralizing effect on a pack. Someone like Mungo Mason is key to keeping up moral in those circumstances.

It’s great to see him come back.

Star fly-half Jason Robertson returning

Jason “The Toe” Robertson, the star fly-half who lead one of the most dynamic attacking lines in the league, will be returning to Old Glory. While not especially surprising, this is a very important signing for the team. He lead the league in total points scored at 67 in the shortened season and was a consistently accurate kicker from the tee.

Robertson made up half of what was widely considered one of the best half-back pairings in the league. It remains to be announced whether the other half, Danny Tusitala, will be returning, but even just Robertson alone guarantees a quick, explosive attack.

Young Flanker Nic Mirhashem re-signs with OGDC

A flanker out of Barcelona, Spain, Nic Mirhashem is a good re-signing for Old Glory. Although he didn’t take the field in 2020, he was one of the best college rugby players in the country in 2018 and 2019. It’s good to see Old Glory keeping the promising young players on its roster, as they will eventually be the backbone of a future OGDC team.

Young prop Will Vakalahi staying in DC

Despite being barely over 20, Vakalahi played 160 minutes as a prop for Old Glory last season in all five games. He showed a lot of promise in those minutes, with the scrum seeming to be a bit more stable while he was in it.

Old Glory is bringing in three experienced, professional props from outside the team in an attempt to avoid the disastrous scrums from last year, so there’s a good chance Vakalahi won’t be starting. Still, he has proven that he can be a reliable backup, and as he continues to develop, his role on the team will only increase.

Local fly-half Sean Hartig returning for 2021

It’s always good to see Old Glory investing in local talent, and that’s what they are doing keeping Hartig on the roster. Though he didn’t see the field last season, the Maryland native is a bright young talent who excelled in college rugby. He can continue to develop as a professional player, and hopefully a full season gives him an opportunity for some live-game experience.

Hooker Mo Katz re-signs with Old Glory

A key part of the 2019 exhibition squad and graduate of James Madison University, Mo Katz will continue to play for Old Glory. Since he sustained a preseason injury that kept him out of the short season, we haven’t had a chance to see his full potential.

Backup fly-half Mike Dabulas signs for a second year

The 23-year-old didn’t see a ton of action this past year, which isn’t surprising considering that he was standing behind a star like Jason Robertson. He made the best of his combined 19 minutes a game time with a try, though, and the promising former All-American is a good young talent to have on the roster.

Ciaran Hearn is coming back for the second year of his contract

Another Canadian international, Ciaran Hearn, has been confirmed to be returning for the next season. He was a key part of Old Glory’s excellent attack and should help provide the same again next year.

Doug Fraser to return at wing

Canadian international Doug Fraser has been re-signed. He scored three tries in OGDC’s five games and is the second of the team’s dynamic back line to re-sign.

Prop Apisai Naikatini is coming back

Api Naikatini, who was a frequent starter at prop in 2020, will be returning for his second year with Old Glory. The former Seattle Seawolf brings a lot of professional experience to the forward pack.

Young prop Jack Iscaro is staying with the team

DC-area local Jack Iscaro will be back next year. He has actually been with the team since the 2019 exhibition season, but he was injured most of last season.

The prop position is still a huge question mark after the shaky scrums last year, so I’m sure that we will see Iscaro in the rotation as the coaching staff figures out what works.

Starting Number 8 Jamason Fa-anana-Schultz is coming back

Fa’anana-Schultz was OGDC’s starting Number 8 for every match in 2020 and was one of the mainstays of the forward pack. It’s great to have him back for the future.

Co-Captain Thretton Palamo is the first to re-sign

Thretton Palamo, co-captain and lynchpin of the back line, is the first OGDC player to re-sign for the 2021 season. He started every game, playing a combination of center and wing.

Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira will be leaving to head a company in South Africa

Old Glory fans had hoped for a bit more time with the South African rugby legend affectionately known as The Beast, but he has confirmed that he will not be returning to Major League Rugby next year. Tendai will instead be stepping into his new role as the CEO of Umlindi Security, a South African company.

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