NOLA Gold Rugby Club signed Kevin Sullivan through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old prop is 6’2″ and 285 lbs.
The former Collegiate All-American prop from the University of California, Berkeley played 12 of the matches during the 2019 MLR season. During the truncated 2020 season he played mainly as a reserve.
Kevin graduated from St. Ignatius Preparatory School in San Francisco in 2013 where he played both offensive and defensive lines. He also achieved High School All-American honors for rugby.
Upon graduation, he went to Cal from 2013 to 2018 where he majored in Political Science. While at Cal the team won Varsity Cup Titles in 2016 with a 40-29 win over BYU and again in 2017 with a 43-13 win over Arkansas State.
In 2017 he was named to the Collegiate All-American 1st Team and in 2017 the PAC12 All-Conference honors. He also was selected as the D1A Player of the Week on January 26, 2017, for his four-try performance against the University of Arizona. In 2018 he was also a finalist for the Rudy Scholz Award for the best men’s college rugby player in the country and was selected to the USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate All-American Camp.
NOLA Gold 2020 season Comments
Ryan Fitzgerald, General Manager said that “We’re very excited to have Kevin back for this upcoming year and in the future. Coming right from college to the MLR is a big jump, especially in the front row and he made tremendous strides in year one and as the season went on.
Kevin’s a very mobile front-rower – he has good hands and good feet. He plays really well in the midfield and with the ball in hand. He also showed some really tough grit about him by playing in the back end of the year with a nagging turf toe injury, which is especially hard in the front row.
With his overall toughness, age & ability and working with Ed Cosner, our Director of Strength & Conditioning this fall, we’re really expecting a good break out season in year two and in the future. We’re really excited to have him on board.”