San Diego Legion added Will Holder to the team for the remainder of the 2019 season. The 28-year-old flyhalf/fullback is 6’2″ and 225 lbs. He made his debut for the Legion against the Toronto Arrows on May 5.
Will comes from a military family and was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He began playing rugby in third grade in Golden, Colorado when his father Rob taught he and his friends to play rugby in his backyard. Rob was the rugby coach at the Air Force Academy at the time. Will also played with the Golden Cats.
Will attended East Palo Alto High School and played rugby for the Razorbacks high school team. He then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he played football briefly and played rugby with the Black Knights in the D1A Rugby East Conference. The team advanced to the D1A Sweet 16 three times and made a final four appearance once. He won honors as a four-time Collegiate All-American before graduating in 2013 with a Degree in Management and entering the Army as a First Lieutenant as a Field Artillery officer.
Will has made seven appearances in the HSBC World Sevens Series beginning in 2014 and has earned seven caps for the USA Men’s Eagles team (Eagle 427). He debuted in XVs on June 9, 2012, against Canada and his last appearance was on November 19, 2016, against Tonga. He scored 27 points in tests, with a try, 4 penalty goals and 5 conversions.
He has captained the All-Amry Rugby team in winning the last six Armed Forces Championships from 2013-2018 at the Rugbytown 7s. In 2015 he also helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the Pan American Games.
Will played for the Seattle Seawolves in 2018, winning the MLR Shield. He appeared in 7 regular season matches but missed the Championship due to Army exercises in Hawaii. Will then signed with the San Diego Legion for 2019 where he is a Captain in the U.S. Military’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) in Sevens. The flyhalf/fullback brings valuable experience, leadership, and a strong boot to the Legion’s backline.
Will has also been stationed at Ft. Sill, OK, Ft. Carson, CO, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.