FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Washington, DC July 24, 2020) Old Glory DC is pleased to announce the re-signing of Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz, 24-year-old loose forward, for the 2021 season.
The eight man played 333 minutes through five matches with Old Glory in 2020, significantly contributing to the pack’s intensity in attack. Fa’anana-Schultz was a league leader in many MLR Trend Reports, totaling 59 tackles, 45 carries, three breakdown steals, and five tackle breaks.
“I’m really excited to have Jamason back at Old Glory,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “He is a great young man with good character and strong values. He was pretty special for us last season with a huge work rate, often having to create and go forward in difficult situations, either off a poor scrum or facing a wall of defenders in front of him, but he did it very well. He is one of the most effective ball carriers in the league.”
While his mass and speed on the pitch make him a force to be reckoned with, the forward’s quiet demeanor off the pitch contributes to the Old Glory’s character-first culture. “Jama is a silent assassin, a quiet man that gives the team confidence, and he’s very coachable,” added Douglas. “It’s great to have another member of the OG family returning for 2021.”
Fa’anana-Schultz, who has been residing in the DC area since the league’s cancelled season, has been in close communication with the Old Glory DC coaching staff. “I’m excited for 2021,” said Fa’anana-Schultz. “I’m looking forward to getting back with the Old Glory team and bringing back a championship to the city.”
Jamason hails originally from Ipswich, Brisbane Australia. While attending the University of Queensland, the experienced lock and eight man was invited to attend the prestigious International Rugby Academy in New Zealand. In Palmerston North, Fa’anana-Schultz joined Super Rugby’s New South Wales Waratahs, starting his professional career.
Following his stint in Super Rugby, the forward joined the iconic West Auckland rugby club “Suburbs” where they made the Grand Final at Eden Park and additionally joined the Auckland Mitre10 Cup team, which competes nationally and includes both past and present All Black players within the team ranks. Formerly the NPC (National Provincial Championship), this is generally regarded by rugby connoisseurs as the toughest domestic rugby competition in the world. During the 2019 season, Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz joined Major League Rugby, signing with the Houston Sabercats. The following summer, Fa’anana-Schultz played with the USA Men’s Eagles during the Pacific Nations Cup, defeating Canada 47-19 in Glendale, Colorado.
Welcome back to DC, Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz!