FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, DC (September 2nd, 2020) – Old Glory DC has signed James King, 24-year-old front row and Hong Kong Premiership player.
For King, rugby is a family matter. Having a brother and father who both played at high levels in South Africa and Australia, James grew up with a deep rugby knowledge and skill set, becoming comfortable playing anywhere in the scrum. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, he started playing rugby at just six years old. King started in the backline during his time at The Kings School in NSW, Australia, a school that boasts eight rugby pitches and a proud program history dating back to 1870.
Emerging from The King’s School, King joined the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Club, a team that competes for the Intrust Super Shute Shield. During his four-year stint with the club, the forward saw two grand finals during playoffs in 2018 and 2019.
Earlier this year, James made his semi-professional debut in Hong Kong, playing for Valley RFC, one of the most successful clubs within the Hong Kong Premiership. With King playing hooker, Valley RFC lost a tightly contested grand final in double overtime against Hong Kong RFC during the Saxo Markets Grand Championship final in February.
King has citizenship in the United States and looks forward to calling Washington home in 2021.
“I am extremely excited to join Old Glory DC,” said King. “As a still relatively new team in the league, and having won the last four games in a row before the season was canceled, it’s easy to see why I would be so excited to join this team. The team is a force to be reckoned with – especially entering the 2021 MLR season.”
“I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting a new bunch of blokes in a brand new city and hopefully bringing my rugby skills to the table in order to help OG succeed. Under great coaching and administration guidance, why would I want to play anywhere else?”