Following the completion of the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft in June, Tom Brusati was signed for the 2021 season. The 23-year-old scrumhalf is 5’9″ and 175 lbs.
Tom is from San Rafael, California, and played rugby and football while at Terra Linda High School. He also played for the Marin Highlanders in 2012-2013 and for the North Bay Rugby Club Wildcats from 2013-2015, as well as returning later as a coach for the Summer 7s program.
Tom attended Saint Mary’s College of California and graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Entrepreneurship. While with the Gaels, he learned from two other MKR halfbacks, Holden Yungert and Sean Yacoubian, and played in 24 D1A rugby games. He was a California All-Conference first-team selection for the 2019-2020 season.
New England Free Jacks Comments
Tom is a versatile and exciting player, he frequently makes an appearance on the blindside wing and is known to showcase his speed and agility around the field.
“It’s exciting to have another Saint Mary’s Gael joining an MLR franchise and head to the opposite coast to give it a crack at the next level with the Free Jacks.” Commented Saint Mary’s Assistant Coach, Brendan O’Meara. “The Free Jacks up-tempo style could be a perfect fit for Tom.”
Free Jacks are excited to welcome Tom to the New England area and see him join the exciting draft selections from the 2020 graduating class.
“I am incredibly excited and grateful to have a chance to play rugby at the next level and further develop as a player,” said Brusati. “I had to compete for every minute of playing time I got at Saint Mary’s and look forward to putting forth the same effort with the Free Jacks. I can’t wait to contribute everything I can to the team and make the most of this awesome opportunity.”
“It’s exciting to have another Saint Mary’s Gael join an MLR franchise and head to the opposite coast to give it a crack at the next level,” commented Saint Mary’s Assistant Coach, Brendan O’Meara. “Tom has all the characteristics you’d want in a young 9 — quick, athletic, savvy, and has a great skill-set that will only get better at the next level. The Free Jacks up-tempo style could be the perfect fit.”
Join Tom and the Free Jacks for a virtual Town Hall “News and Brews,” on November 12. Grab a Free Jacks IPA, join the virtual gathering and get to know the newest Free Jacks and the returning players. RSVP using the link here: https://www.freejacks.com/news-and-brews/.