NOLA Gold Rugby Club has re-signed Kevin O’Connor for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old back row and is 6’1″ and 220 lbs.
Kevin played in three matches for NOLA Gold in 2019. He made the most of his 69 minutes of playing time with 9 carries for 37 meters and made 16 tackles.
Kevin is from San Mateo, California. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep from 2008-2012, playing football, basketball, and soccer. He then attended Saint Mary’s College of California from 2012-2017, earning a BBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance. He also played rugby at St Mary’s and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2016 and a First Team All-American in 2017. He also played on the USA MCAA tour to Queensland, Australia in 2016. Kevin as also a study abroad student at John Cabot University in 2014.
Following his graduation from St. Mary’s, he attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland from 2017-2018, earning an M.S in International Business. He played briefly with the team in Ireland, as a foot injury derailed his season.
Kevin joined the NOLA Gold Rugby Academy and the New Orleans RFC for the 2018-2019 season. He played in a pre-season match in December with NOLA Gold and joined the team in 2019. He spent most of his time playing for New Orleans Rugby Football Club in 2019.
Following the 2019 MLR season, he played with NOLA Gold in the Rugbytown 7s with the team finishing in third place.
NOLA Gold Comments
Ryan Fitzgerald, General Manager said “Kevin was an outstanding addition to our team last season. A professional in every sense of the word. First one in, last one out kind of guy. Grinds daily.
A student of the game that is very tough physically and mentally and always looking to get better and get that extra edge.
Sticking around here all summer and coming into this season fully healthy, we are really excited for Kevin to have a breakout year for Gold.”👑 #GoldReign