Old Glory DC signed Will Vakalahi as the second player for the team. The tighthead prop is 5’10” and 240 lbs.
Will is from Granger, Indiana and attended Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. He played No.8 in high school and helped the team to a Boys High School Rugby Nationals third place finish, as well as becoming Indiana State Champions. He was an Under-17s All American and a nominee for the best high school player in the nation.
Will attended Davenport University during the 2017-2018 season on a scholarship. He was named to the FloRugby Top Freshman D1A team. He also was invited to the USA Rugby Under-20s Camp and was selected to the Junior All-Americans at No 8 against Belmont Shore Rugby Football Club.
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Vakalahi is most likely to see action in the front row for Old Glory DC when it begins its exhibition campaign later this spring. “Will has the form and function of a world-class tighthead prop and his biggest strengths are his mobility and work ethic,” said Old Glory DC owner Paul Sheehy, who attended the camp. “We are thrilled to have him a part of our squad as we look toward our exhibition schedule this year and our first full campaign in Major League Rugby in 2020.”
Vakalahi’s family has a rugby-rich history, with both he and his two brothers earning scholarships to Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His dad, Sione, played rugby and has supported all of his kids on the field, all over the United States and abroad.