NOLA Gold Rugby Club has signed Ross Depperschmidt for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old center is 6’0″ and 215 lbs.
Ross is from Flower Mound, Texas and attended Edward S. Marcus High School where he played football and baseball. He then went to the University of Alabama from 2012-2016, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and continued a the University and earned a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2018.
Ross played rugby while at Alabama and was the co-captain of the team from 2015-2017, the Vice President from 2015-2016, Alumni Chairperson in 2016-2017, and Assistant Coach in 2017-2018. The team won the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship in 2016 and came in second the year before. In 2016 he was named to the 1st team All-Conference and was the SCRC Player of the Year.
Ross has played representative rugby for USARugby South against the Capital Rugby Union Selects in December 2017 and Spring 2018. He also went on the USARS tour to Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic in 2018. Prior to that tour, he played rugby in Matamata, New Zealand.
Ross then joined New Orleans Rugby Club for the 2018-2019 season and played in a NOLA Gold A preseason match. He signed with NOLA Gold later in the 2019 season but did not play in any matches.
In August 2019 he played with NOLA Gold at the Rugbytown 7s with the team earning third place.
NOLA Gold Comments
Ryan Fitzgerald, General Manager said that “Ross has put in an incredible amount of work over this past year. An awesome “ draft and develop” type story from coming to our try out in the fall of 2018, to the Captain of our New Orleans Men’s club to earning a contract at the end of last year.
He has EARNED everything and well deserved. A true professional on and off the pitch and a guy never misses an opportunity to work hard and improve.
We are proud to have him and are really looking forward to a big year from him as he takes the next step in his pursuit to the top.”