FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, DC (October 9, 2020) – Old Glory DC has signed utility back Daniel Thomas, adding speed and precision to the back line. Thomas came to Old Glory DC through the Southern California player pathway and has made six USA Club 7s Nationals appearances.
Having moved from Farnham Common, England before high school, the back joined Santa Monica Rugby Club’s high school side in 2009. In 2013, Thomas was called up to Santa Monica’s Men’s 1st XV team, which plays in the Pacific Rugby Premiership. The Premiership is one of the highest caliber club rugby competitions in the USA. While with Santa Monica Rugby, Thomas also played on the team’s 7s side from 2013-2016 and attended nationals with the team in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Upon graduating from high school, Thomas attended UCLA and joined the school’s rugby team. Thomas’s collegiate career took him to collegiate rugby championship sevens in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Recently, Thomas has been playing 15s and 7s with the Belmont Shore Rugby Club in Long Beach, CA.
“I’ve been based on the West coast for the majority of my rugby playing career, and I’m looking forward to calling the East coast my new home,” said Thomas. “Living and playing in the capital is an experience I can’t wait to embark on.”
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