Utah Warriors Sign New Zealand Flyhalf Tim O’Malley

The Utah Warriors signed New Zealand flyhalf Tim O’Malley for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old is 6’1″ and 212 lbs.

Tim is originally from Central Otago and attended St Kevin’s College. In 2012 he played with Heartland Rugby Club in North Otago while in school. He then moved to the Marlborough seaside town of Picton at the beginning of 2016 for employment as the Waitohi club’s rugby development officer and to play for the division one side. As a result of his play, he was “included in the Tasman high-performance squad, training and playing under the eye of the Makos’ coaches.”

“Towards the end of the club season, the Tasman management decided to let him try out for the Southland squad, a back-up option in case he missed the cut for the Makos. After spending three weeks with Southland, he got the call from Tasman head coach Leon MacDonald, telling him he had made in the 32-man Makos squad and asked him to head back up north.”

Tim played with the Makos in the 2016/2017 NPC campaign and also with Tasman B. He then played the following two years with the Tasman Makos in the Mitre 10 Cup. He has made 10 appearances with the club and has scored 50 points.

Tim will join the Utah Warriors for 2019 and will join fellow new Zealander Josh Reeves, who also plays for the Brazil National team.

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