Old Glory announced the signing of Rob Irimescu, who spent the last two years playing for Rugby United New York. The 25-year-old Penn State grad will be moving to DC for the upcoming season. He’s still something of a fresh player, having played for 148 total minutes in the MLR in 13 matches. However, he seems to be a strong ball carrier and consistent tackler.
Irimescu plays at both hooker and flanker, with the former being his preferred position. Currently, no other hookers have been announced. However, I think it’s reasonable to expect that James King, Max Lum, and Mo Katz will return, while Mike Sosene-Feagai is unlikely to come back. Both King and Lum have seen significant minutes at hooker, while Katz saw a handful of minutes at number eight. Even if Sosene-Feagai doesn’t return, the hooker position is pretty chocked full, assuming everyone else returns.
In the back row, and at flanker in particular, there is a lot more space. With Mason and Gibbins leaving, there’s a lot of playing time to be filled, and not a lot of obvious options. We could see Irimescu play at flanker instead, filling a current hole in the roster. It will be interesting to watch both Irimescu and Mo Katz, since both are hookers who also play in the back row. I suspect that we will see one play primarily a hooker, while the other shifts to the back row ona more permanent basis.
Regardless of what position he ends up playing, it’s good to see another young, up-and-coming player getting an opportunity in DC.
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