NOLA Gold Rugby & Nick Feakes
New Orleans Gold Rugby Club signed Lindenwood University and Collegiate All-American, Nick Feakes for the 2019 Major League Rugby season.
The 23-year-old Feakes is from Canberra, Australia and is 6’2″ tall. Nick lived in the Philippines and Laos, before returning to Australia.
Feakes attended the Vientiane International School, Campbell High School and then Dickson College when he returned to Australia.
While in Canberra, he played rugby from age 12-18 for the Uni-Norths Owls. Although he was a talented player, he was overlooked for the ACT Brumbies Junior representative team and turned his attention toward looking at scholarship opportunities abroad.
A scholarship to Lindenwood University came to fruition and he attended from 2014 to 2018, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. While there he was the Sports Editor for the Lindenwood student news website and was a journalist for the School newspaper.
Feakes also developed into one of the best collegiate rugby players in the U.S. and was a finalist for the Rudy Schultz Award (National Player of the Year) for 2018. In 2015 the Lions won the D1 National Championship Sevens & the Red Bull University 7s Championship. In both 2017 and 2018, he helped lead Lindenwood to the USA Collegiate National Sevens Championship and was the leading try scorer and the tournament MVP. Lindenwood also won the Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2018.
While at Lindenwood, Feakes also played for the Chicago Lions in the 2016 and 2017 Club Sevens.
Nick Feakes & USA National Team
Feakes was selected to the Collegiate All-American Under-23 team and defeated the 2018 Major League Rugby regular season first place team, the Glendale Raptors, 55-10. He then captained the Collegiate All-Americans to a third-place finish at the 2018 Rugbytown 7s.
Feakes signing with the New Orleans Gold Rugby Club will provide the team with an exciting backline that will create an interest in the club’s attacking style.
In announcing Feakes signing, NOLA Gold Rugby Club said “Welcome to the brotherhood Nick Feakes! A talented fullback and 2x Collegiate All American, Nick brings an exciting style of play and unrivaled work ethic. The former Lindenwood University man played club 7s in NOLA following his back to back National Championships and we’re happy to see him coming back in Gold!”