The Houston SaberCats have re-signed Robert Meeson for his third year with the Major League Rugby club. The 33-years-old lock/flanker is 6’5″ and 237 lbs.
During the 2019 season, Rob played 472 minutes in 10 matches. He carried 15 times for 55 meters and made 48 tackles. He also had a dual role with the club as the Ticketing Director and as a player in 2018.
Following the 2019 season, Rob played with Canterbury in the United Kingdom along with Jamie Dever and Charlie Connolly.
Robert grew up in Sebastopol, California and went to Analy High School from 2001-20015. He was on the track team with hurdles and the 400-meters, his specialties. He also tried cross country and basketball, but they weren’t his passions. That would wait until his 18th birthday when Robert played rugby for the first time his senior year with Elsie Allen Rugby Club.
Robert’s parents are from England and could relate to his enthusiasm over playing rugby for the last 13 years. He continued with the sport at the University of California – Davis, from 2005-2010. He has a particularly fond memory from 2010 in beating St. Mary’s College of California in 2010. He exited UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Biology.
Robert then returned home and began playing with Santa Rosa Rugby Club. He was selected to the Northern Pelicans.
From 2013-2015, he attended Sonoma State University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and spending time with the rugby team as an Assistant Coach.
He then played with the Sacramento Express in 2016. His account by Luke Gross is worth the read. Then it was on to the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy before moving to the Pacific Northwest and playing for the Seattle Saracens in 2017 in the British Columbia CDI Premier League.
Robert is dedicated to the sport and has taken advantage of all that it has offered. That brought him to Houston in 2017 to join the Houston SaberCats. He has played the way he has for his entire rugby career, at full tilt. He is agile around the pitch, a force in the breakdown. He also has the leaping ability that can contribute in the lineouts.
The Houston SaberCats are fortunate to have a key contributor to the club both on and off the pitch on their team.