FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, DC (August 13, 2020) – Old Glory DC welcomes back Ciaran Hearn, 34-year-old center and Canadian International, for the 2021 season as a continuation of his two-year contract.
Fresh off the 2019 Rugby World Cup run with the Canadian national team, Ciaran Hearn joined Old Glory, making his Major League Rugby debut with the DC team. The center joined the team leadership group, adding a high tier of professionalism, experience, and knowledge that proved invaluable during the 2020 season run. Hearn played 361 minutes at center in all five matches in the 2020 MLR season and ended the shortened season with 19 ball carries over 136 meters. The center also racked up 43 tackles and 6 kicks over 234 meters.
“Ciaran’s experience playing in England and at the International level is invaluable for Old Glory, hence why we signed him for two years,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “He is a very good professional who trains smart and looks after himself. Ciaran demands high standards of himself and his teammates, which makes my job as a coach easier. He will be a major influence in our squad this coming season and on our push for success. Ciaran is a strong leader and plays an important role in the team leadership set up. His defensive organization and strong skill set will again make for a strong mid field combination.”
Hearn has been quarantining in Victoria, British Columbia, and he and his wife recently welcomed a baby daughter to the OG family.
Hailing from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, Hearn comes to the team with 46 World Series Sevens caps, achieving 73 caps total. The center has made nine World Cup appearances on the Canadian side during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 2019 Canadian team faced a challenging pool, being placed with 2019 champions South Africa and 2015 champions New Zealand.
Outside of representing Canada, the center played professionally with London Irish in England’s premier rugby league since 2015.
Welcome back to DC, Ciaran Hearn!