The San Diego Legion re-signed Eagles scrumhalf and wing, Nate Augspurger for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Nate, who is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is 29-years-old (30 in January), 5’8″, and 175 lbs. He joined the Legion for the inaugural MLR season in 2018 and in 2019 played 17 of 18 matches with the team.
Augspurger went to Minneapolis Southwest High School before attending college at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities from 2008 until his graduation with a B.A. in Sociology in 2012. He played rugby at the university and was a Collegiate All-American. He also played rugby sevens with the Youngbloodz.
Augspurger has also played club rugby for the East Side Banshees (beginning in high school), Old Blue of New York, the Northeast Academy, and has represented the New York 7s twice. Both times were at the World Club 7s in 2013 and in 2014 in London.
USA Rugby National Team
Nate Augspurger signed a developmental contract with USA Rugby for the 2012-2013 season and trained at Chula Vista. He was invited to the Eagles 7s camp in 2013 and signed a contract with the Eagles 7s for the 2013-2014 season. He made his HSBC World Sevens Series debut in Dubai in 2014 and then played in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He has earned 15 caps for the Eagles 7s team.
Nate has also represented Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Games, earning a Bronze medal. In 2016 he was selected as a traveling reserve for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Nate Augspurger has also played for the Eagles XVs from 2016 to the present. He is Eagle 491 and made his debut against Italy in San Jose, California on June 18, 2016. Since then he has earned 23 caps, starting 17 times at scrumhalf or at wing. He has also been the captain or vice-captain of the team several times. Nate was selected for the November 2018 internationals, but prior to playing the Maori All-Blacks, he was injured. He returned to international duty in the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup and his last test was on August 10, 2019, against Japan.
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