Austin Herd signed Lindenwood University Collegiate All-American Michael de Waal for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old (24 in October) flanker is 6’3″ and 230 lbs.
Michael is from Cape Town, South Africa and attended Pretoria Boys High School. He played rugby and also played with the Blue Bulls Noord Vaaal Under-18s.
He has attended Lindenwood University since 2017 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Actuarial Science and is expected to graduate in December 2019
While at Lindenwood the team has been undefeated in rugby sevens the last three years. Michael was a two-time Collegiate All-American and two-time Collegiate Rugby Championship winner in 2018 and 2019. The team won three consecutive USA Rugby National College Sevens titles, and also advanced to the USA D1A Rugby XVs Final Four. He also played for the USA Collegiate All-Americans against Canada in their 23-22 win in July 2019 prior to the Senior teams facing each other in a test match.
Michale will now turn his attention to playing for and making the Austin Herd a better team in 2020.