San Diego Legion signed Conor Kearns for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Conor joined the Legion after completing a Master’s Degree at the University of Oxford. He is 25-years-old, 6’2″, and 210 lbs.
Conor balances his education and his athletic career playing rugby. He attended Glenstal Abbey School from 2005-2011 and played rugby. He progressed through both the Munster age-grade and USA age-grade systems playing for Munster Under-19s, Under-20s, and then for Munster A in 2016. He also played for the USA Under-20s in 2013 and the Collegiate All-Americans in 2016 on their Queensland, Australia tour.
He attended Trinity College in Dublin from 2011-2015, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Molecular Medicine and a Master of Science Degree in Immunology there, attending from 2015-2016. While with Trinity, he played in the Ulster Bank League, helping them gain promotion to Division 1A after the 2015 season. He played for the First XV and earned a ‘Pink’, the highest sporting honor from Trinity.
Conor then went to the University of Oxford from 2016-2018 and was the captain of the Oxford Blues. He earned two Master’s Degrees there, one a Master of Science in Pharmacology and the other a Master of Science by Research in Cardiovascular Pharmacology. Two matches will be remembered as captain, the Varsity Match against Cambridge and against the USA Collegiate All-Americans in 2017.
From July 2016 through January 2017, Conor was part of the Eagles Development Training Group and has continued to be on the National team radar.
Following his graduation from the University of Oxford, Conor joined the San Diego Legion during the 2018 MLR season. He was then selected for the Americas Pacific Challenge for the USA Selects.
Conor provides the legion with flexibility as he can play fullback, flyhalf, or center. He is very accurate with his kicking game and will be a key member of the team in 2019.