New Orleans Gold Rugby & Cam Dolan
New Orleans Gold Rugby Club continues to revamp their team from 2018 and has signed Eagle Cam Dolan for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old Dolan is from Fort Myers, Florida and is an imposing 6’7″ and 254 pounds and has played both back row and lock.
Dolan comes from an athletic family and played roller hockey as an 8-year-old. While Dolan attended Palmetto Ridge High School he played freshman football and threw a 45-yard touchdown strike on his first play. After that season he never played football again and turned to rugby with the Naples Bears.
It took only six weeks of playing rugby with the Naples Bears before his talents were recognized and he was selected for the USA National Team Under-17s in 2007 and in 2008 for the Under-18s.
He then went to Life University in 2009 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He was a four-time Collegiate All-American and went on rugby tours to South Africa, California, and to Ireland. He also played rugby sevens in the Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2012 and in 2013 and was named to the All-Tournament team. The team won the National Championship in 2013.
Dolan also played USA age grade rugby for the Under-20s and played in the 2009 World Rugby Trophy competition as captain. He also represented the USA All-American in 2013 at the Pacific Nations Cup and in the 2012 Americas Rugby Championship in Ontario.
In 2011 he was selected to the National Men’s Sevens team and played that year in London and in Edinburgh.
Dolan also has played a prominent role for the USA Rugby Men’s National 15s team and is Eagle 443. He has 37 caps, starting 27 times and has scored 11 tries. He played in all four matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Dolan made his Eagles debut against Fiji at Nagoya, Jun 19, 2013. His last test was on June 23, 2018, against Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Those totals are about to change, as he has been named to the USA team for the November 2018 internationals against the Maori All-Blacks (non-test), Samoa, Romania, and Ireland.
He also played in a non-test match against the Maori All-Blacks in November 2013 in Chester, PA. The match was seen by Jim Mallinder, Head Coach of the Northampton Saints and earned him a professional English Premier League contract, from January 2014-July, 2015.
Dolan then switched teams and played PRO 12 Rugby with the Cardiff Blues from Oct. 2015-through the end of the season in 2017. He then returned to the U.S. and joined Old Blue of New York for the American Rugby Premiership Fall season.
In 2018 Dolan moved to California to play with the inaugural 2018 Major League Rugby San Diego Legion and was dominant in the lineouts.
Following the MLR season, he signed a short-term contract with the Greene-King IPA Championship Nottingham Club and NOLA Gold Rugby Club announced that he would be moving closer to home to play in New Orleans for the 2019 MLR season.