New Orleans Gold & Cam Falcon
The New Orleans Gold Rugby Club re-signed Cam Falcon for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Cameron was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and is 25 years old, is 6’1″ and weighs 250 pounds. He provides versatility in the front row as he plays tighthead prop and hooker.
Cam attended Archbishop Shaw High School and played rugby for the team from 2004, while he was in 6th grade until he graduated in 2011. He also played football and wrestled while there. However, it was rugby where he would gain notoriety, becoming a High School All-American from 2009-2011.
Cam then attended Louisiana State University from 2011 through his graduation in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He played rugby while there and also continued through the USA Rugby age-group ladder.
In 2012 he was honored as a USA Rugby Junior All-American. He captained the USA Rugby Under-20s against Canada. He also played in the World Rugby U20 Trophy competition for the USA.
In 2013 his USA Rugby progressed continued and he played for the USA Selects in the Americas Rugby Championship. That Spring, he attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Gavin Hickey, Cam’s Coach for the USA Jr. World Trophy competition, commented on the Dartmouth RFC tour to Ireland to play Trinity College.
In 2014, after his LSU season concluded, he began his play time with New Orleans RFC. In 2015 he played with the Taranaki Academy in New Zealand. He discussed his time in New Zealand with Curtis Reed of This is American Rugby.
In 2016 Cam was selected for the Eagles Men’s Training Team for the Americas Rugby Championship. He was considered for matches against Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay, however, unfortunately, he did not gain a test cap.
In 2016 Cam played for PRO Rugby’s Sacramento Express, the first professional rugby league in the United States. The early part of the season he was a reserve and spot starter behind Canada International Ray Barkwill, but with the June internationals and then an injury to Barkwill, he started in matches against San Diego Breakers, Denver Stampede, Ohio Aviators, San Francisco Rush, Denver Stampede, & Ohio Aviators, to name a few.
Later in 2016, he tried to improve his game by going to New Zealand, attending the Taranaki Academy, playing with the Johnsonville Hawks and then getting a trial with the Wellington Lions.
In the 2018 Major League Rugby season, Cam played tighthead prop and also played hooker when the need arose for NOLA Gold. His switch to prop gained him the attention from the U.S. National team and he was selected to the USA Rugby Selects for the Americas Pacific Challenge. For the Selects, he played tighthead prop and hooker in matches.
Cam Falcon 2018 Signing Comments
Cam Falcon is looking forward to playing Major League Rugby with the New Orleans Gold. “I always said that it would be a dream come true to play rugby professionally in my hometown. I couldn’t imagine that that would come true during my playing career, yet here we are.”
Cam also commented about the time he spent in playing rugby abroad. “The seasons spent playing internationally in Ireland and in New Zealand have greatly helped to develop my game. I was able to play for and with some very knowledgeable and talented people, and I will forever have a deeply personal connection with those two countries due to rugby.”
Cam also comes from a rugby family with his father Tim being one of the original members of New Orleans RFC and the owner of the New Orleans Gold team. His older brother Jarrett and his younger brother Brennan, are also accomplished rugby players.
Cam provided insight about playing with members of his family indicating that “I have been fortunate to play with both my brothers and with my father on multiple occasions.”
In my first season for the NORFC, my older brother Jarrett played flanker and captained our side to a USA Rugby National D1 Championship runner-up finish in 2014. I played a season with my younger brother Brennan, in his freshman and my senior year at LSU. Both are arguably more talented players than myself and easily are in my personal starting XV. Much of my development as an athlete comes from the lifelong competition with my two brothers.
Unlike those two, I was lucky enough to take after my father and play in the front row. Most of the thanks go to him getting me into rugby at an early age and allowing me to chase the opportunities that the sport has afforded me.”
NOLA Gold Rugby Comments
“New Orleans local Cam Falcon has re-signed for 2019. The front rower capped off a stellar first season in Gold with selection in the USA Rugby Selects team for the APC. Prior to joining the Gold, Cam was a high school, U-20 and College All-American. He played his college rugby at LSU Rugby. Cam has spent time overseas honing his craft at Trinity College Dublin and in New Zealand with the Taranaki Rugby academy. We look forward to seeing Cam have another strong campaign in 2019.” #GoldReign
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