The United States’ Major League Rugby (MLR) is set to have another star name join the league, according to Americas Rugby News writer Paul Tait.


Tait revealed on Twitter that “An extremely famous rugby player known by all rugby supporters the world over will be confirmed for MLR DC Glory,” and the announcement is imminent.

As his followers began to speculate who the player might be, Tait revealed that he has beaten the All Blacks in his career, which means it can only be a player from South Africa, Australia, England, Ireland or France.

South Africa, Australia and Ireland all have a number of players whose international careers may have finished at the end of the Rugby World Cup, with names like Tendai Mtawarira springing to mind, who has retired from Test rugby.

Equally, there are still some players from France that were members of the team that last beat the All Blacks in 2009. Now in the twilight of their careers, they may be looking for a move elsewhere. Mathieu Bastareaud was one of those players, and he has already signed for Rugby United New York in the MLR.

While it is unlikely that any player from the England team that recently beat the All Blacks at the RWC will be leaving, as it is quite a young squad, there are some from the team that won in 2012 that are reaching the latter stages of their career and could be enticed by such a move.


MLR is set to see an influx of global stars play in the upcoming 2020 season such as Ma’a Nonu (San Diego Legion), Digby Ioane (Glendale Raptors), Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Seattle Seawolves) and a few others. More signings will only help grow the profile of the league and rugby as a whole in the USA.

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