Old Glory DC signed Dylan Pieterse for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 250 lbs. Prior to the regular season beginning, he will be 25.
During the 2019 season, Dylan played with Austin Elite Rugby. He played 212 minutes in 7 matches, carried 16 times for 129 meters and made 34 tackles. Following the 2019 MLR season, Dylan played with the Leopards in the Currie Cup First Division.
Dylan is from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. He began playing rugby when he was 11 years old. In 2011 he represented the Golden Lions in the Under-16s Grant Khomo Week. In 2012 and 2013 he played for the King Edward VII School first team.
His size and agility helped the back row gain attention and he joined the Blue Bulls Academy during 2014. He also played for the Pumas Under-19s squad in the Provincial Championships that year and was named ‘Player of the Year’. The following year he played in the Provincial Championship for the Under-21s. He also played club rugby in 2015 for Witbank Ferros, making 4 appearances in the Community cup competition.
In 2016 Dylan moved to Australia and joined the Western Force’s Future Force program in Perth while training with the Super Rugby side. He also played club rugby for Cottesloe in the Premier-Grade league in Western Australia, making 16 appearances and scoring four tries. He then returned to South Africa and joined the Eastern Province Kings for the 2016 Currie Cup. Since 2017 he has played with the Boland Cavilers and now joins Austin Elite Rugby for the 2019 MLR season.
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Dylan Pieterse comes to Washington, DC with his hopes for the team high. On the 2020 squad, Pieterse said, “I believe that the team can reach the playoff stages if we focus on a game-by-game basis and focus fully on each game that follows.”