New Orleans Gold Rugby Club & Kyle Baillie
New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Canadian international lock and back row, Kyle Baillie for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 27 year old player is from Summerside, Prince Edward Island. He is 6’5″ and weighs 240 pounds.
Baillie graduated from Three Oaks High school and played rugby for the Axemen, winning Rugby PEI top junior athlete honors in 2009. He has played club rugby for the Castaway Wanderers, the Edmonton Druids, St. Albert RFC, Westshore RFC, and the Halifax Tars.
He also played representative rugby for Atlantic Rock and the Prairie Wolf Pack in the Canadian Rugby Championship.
In 2015 he began his professional rugby career with Eastern Suburbs in Sydney, Australia. In 2016 he played with the Ohio Aviators, scoring six tries in his six starts. In January 2017 he had a trial with the Saracens in the English Premiership but dislocated his shoulder in the LV Cup, thus missing out on a long-term contract. In May 2017 he signed with the London Scottish in the Green King IPA Championship for the 2017-2018 season. In Summer, 2017 he went to New Zealand ahead of the 2017 tests for Canada.
Baillie has played for Canada A in the Americas Rugby Championship in 2014, the Americas Pacific Challenge, and the Pacific Nations Cup. He also played for the Canada Senior team, debuting on February 13, 2016, at the Americas Rugby Championship against the U.S. He has 19 caps and has started 13 matches while scoring two tries. His last test was against Chile on March 3, 2018.
Most recently, Baillie played in the October 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge for Canada A.
NOLA Gold Rugby Club is actively committed to contending for the 2019 major League Rugby season. With teams being able to have up to ten international athletes, the team has added Samoa lock, Kane Thompson, Australian scrumhalf Scott Gale and Center Con Foley, and South African wing/fullback Tristan Blewett. Baillie is also an international but will count as a North American player.