The Utah Warriors have signed Brazil flyhalf Josh Reeves for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old flyhalf is 6’0″ and 198 lbs.
Josh is from Christchurch, New Zealand and lives in Sâo Paulo, Brazil. He plays for the Brazil National Rugby team Tupis qualifying for residency according to Americas Rugby News as the result of moving to Brazil with his Brazilian fiancée Ana. They have since married and have a 2-year-old son.
Josh made his debut for Brazil in the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship against Chile on February 3 and made the last of his 22 appearances, all as a starter, on November 10, 2018, against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks. He is a very talented kicker and has scored 108 points for the Tupis.
Josh also was part of the World Rugby Americas Rugby Selects squad at the MLR Combine in Glendale, Colorado in October and played against the Glendale Raptors.
He plays club rugby for Jacareí and coaches Rugby Sâo Paulo Saracens Bandeirantes. He also played and captained Shirley RFC in the Canterbury club competition in New Zealand, for the 1st XV for Shirley Boys High School, and played age grade rugby for Canterbury up until U18s. He also played a season in Dublin for Wanderers FC in 2011-2012 and currently is studying for a Bachelor of Psychology Degree from Massey University in New Zealand.
With Kurt Morath leaving the Utah Warriors after the 2018 MLR season, the team wanted an experienced flyhalf for 2019. He will be joined by another New Zealander in Tim O’Malley.