FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — (Washington, DC – March 18, 2019) –Old Glory DC pro rugby continued its momentum with the signing of Will Vakalahi, a product of the storied Penn High School program in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Vakalahi’s signing is announced just three days after Old Glory DC’s first player signing of Rocky Gorge RFC star Josh Brown last Friday. At Will’s request, his signing (photo above) took place with his former coaches, school administrators, and extended family at Penn High School, a program that has produced 31 international athletes.
“When Will agreed to terms with Old Glory his only request was that we do his signing day with his coaches and extended family at Penn High School.”
A standout at the most recent US under 20 camp, Vakalahi is most likely to see action in the front row for Old Glory DC when it begins its exhibition campaign later this spring. “Will has the form and function of a world-class tight head prop and his biggest strengths are his mobility and work ethic,” said Old Glory DC owner Paul Sheehy, who attended the camp. “We are thrilled to have him a part of our squad as we look toward our exhibition schedule this year and our first full campaign in Major League Rugby in 2020.”
Vakalahi’s family has a rugby-rich history, with both he and his two brothers earning scholarships to Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His dad, Sione, played rugby and has supported all of his kids on the field, all over the United States and abroad.
About Old Glory DC:
Old Glory DC is a professional rugby club based in Washington, DC that officially joined Major League Rugby in November 2018 and will begin league play in MLR’s 2020 season. The club will play a series of exhibition games throughout the first half of 2019. As a recent addition to the fabric of the nation’s capital and the entire mid-Atlantic community, Old Glory DC’s vision is to grow the sport of rugby in our region by 50% by 2023. The club is owned by life-long rugby players Paul Sheehy and Chris Dunlavey, who are proud to bring professional rugby to their hometown for the first time ever. For more information, visit oldglorydc.com.