Raised in Sydney, Australia, Jake Turnbull comes to Washington, DC after two seasons with MLR’s Houston Sabercats as a loose-head prop. While with the Sabercats, Turnbull served as a youth development coach in their player pathway programs and regularly started for the professional side. Before joining MLR, Turnbull played for the Denver Stampede in the now-defunct PRO Rugby. The Stampede were the inaugural champions of the PRO Rugby in 2016.
Before playing professionally, the prop played with the Glendale Merlins at Infinity Park. With Turnbull on the squad, the Glendale Men’s Club was the 2015 Pacific Rugby Premiership Champions, defeating San Francisco Golden Gate 25-11 in the championship match. At the national level, the prop played with the USA Selects, the secondary national rugby team for the United States, and boasts two caps.
Jake Turnbull also played for Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club, a premier club based in Sydney, Australia in the New South Wales Rugby Union. Turnbull is currently studying Sports Management at the Australian College of Physical Education and is a personal trainer at Tough Mudder.
On joining Old Glory, Turnbull said, “I’m very grateful and excited to be part of the OG family. After talking to Andrew about the direction and vision of where Old Glory is heading, I knew I wanted to be part of the setup. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and causing a few upsets with this competitive squad.”
Turnbull marks the second Old Glory player to hail from Australia. 8-man and flanker, Jamason Faanana Schultz claims Ipswich, Brisbane Australia as home. Fans will be able to see Jake Turnbull take the field during the 2020 home season. See Turnbull and all the action by purchasing season tickets to Old Glory’s inaugural season in Major League Rugby here.