The Houston SaberCats have signed Kyle Breytenbach for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. Kyle is 26-years-old 6’5″ and 250 lbs.
He played for the Austin Herd during his first two seasons. Like during 2018, he was a key contributor for the team in 2019 and played in 15 of 16 matches where needed, at flanker, No.8, or at lock.
Kyle is from Phalaborwa, South Africa and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Heather. He attended Frans du Toit High School and then went to Cape Peninsula University of Technology from 2014-2016 for Electrical Engineering. He also studied at NWU Pukke.
Kyle played rugby while in school and in 2014 played for Tygerberg in the Western Province RFU President’s Cup Super League A.
Kyle moved to Austin in 2016 and helped lead the team to the 2017 USA Rugby Club Division 1 National Championship. In 2016 and in 2017 he also played sevens with the Huns in the Club 7s Nationals.
In 2017 he joined Austin Elite Rugby (now Austin Herd) and helped the young team contend for the playoffs in 2018 until just falling short the final week of the season. The rugby future is bright for Kyle. He was a team leader again during 2019.
Following the conclusion of the 2019 season, Kyle played with Steamboat Springs RFC in the Rocky Mountain League.
In 2020, Kyle will be looking for a breakout year with the Houston SaberCats. While it is often difficult to leave an area where you have spent time, moving can sometimes act to rejuvenate a player.
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