The Houston SaberCats have added Chad Joseph to the team ahead of their match against Rugby United New York. Injuries and the Americas Rugby Championship have depleted their squad and the addition of the 30-year-old, 5’11”, and 205 lb back row will add another player that has played professionally.
Chad is from Bunnythorpe, New Zealand and began playing rugby at age 4 with Bunnythorpe Rugby Football Club. He comes from a rugby family who are Hall of Fame members with the club.
Chad attended Kings High School and Palmerston North Boys’ High School in New Zealand. He played rugby with the Otago Maoris Colts in 2005-2006 and representative rugby in Australia for the Mid-North Coast Axemen in 2010.
In 2010 Chad joined Dallas RFC and has played for the Reds since then. He also played with the Kia Toa Premiers in 2011 and with Wests Lions 1st Grade in the John Dent Cup in 2012, part of the Canberra competition. The team made the grand finals. He also played in 2014 with Port Macquarie Pirates Rugby Union Club.
Chad has also played with Tiger Rugby in the 2013 Rugbytown 7s, and with the team in 2014 and 2015 at the Central Coast Sevens and the Cancun Sevens. He also was the Texas All-Stars captain and helped the team hoist the Texas Cup as champions. He played in the Halloween 7s with Ohio and in 2016 with the Ohio Aviators. He also played with NOLA Gold Rugby in 2018.
Chad has played for Dallas in the USA Rugby Club 15s and 7s Nationals and his experience will be welcome as he joins the Houston SaberCats in 2019.
Chad has been involved in bullrush and in mixed martial arts. He also is working toward high point access in Dallas to become rope access qualified.