San Diego Legion signed Pat Blair at hooker for his second season with the team. Pat is 28-years-old, 6’1″, 215 lbs., and is a SPC in the U.S. Army.
Pat was born in Santa Ana, California and later moved to Tacoma, Washington where he attended Mount Tahoma High School. His freshman year he played football and then began playing rugby in 2004 with the Fullerton Lions.
Pat was a two-time Collegiate All-American Sevens selection in both 2012 and in 2013. The team finished in third place in their first Varsity Cup season in 2011, and won the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament Collegiate division. The team also finished second in the USA Rugby Collegiate Sevens Nationals while he was there.
Pat was selected for two Collegiate All-American tours and won the Cup at the 2013 Serevi Rugbytown Sevens. He made his Eagles Sevens debut in 2013 at the Gold Coast Sevens and has played in 11 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. He also was named to the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens as the 14th man.
He also played sevens for the Falcons at the LVI Sevens in both 2014 and 2016. He played with the Falcons on their South America Sevens tour in 2015, playing in the Punte del Este Sevens in Uruguay and the Vina del Mar Sevens in Chile.
Pat played for Team USA in the Pan American Championship, winning a bronze medal. Pat joined the Army in 2017 and has played for the Army Sevens. At the 2018 Rugbytown Sevens he helped the team win their 6th straight Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Title.
Pat has also played for a number of club rugby teams. He played for Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, Orange County Ravens, Seattle Saracens, and the San Diego Old Aztecs. He also earned USA Rugby National Team 15s cap (Eagle 485) when he entered the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship match against Chile.
Pat is known for his work ethic and that was demonstrated match after amtch with the San Diego Legion last season. The team was impressed by his performance and his leadership and looks forward to his contributions in 2019.