Old Glory DC signed Harry Masters for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old scrumhalf (25 in November) is 5’10” and 175 lbs. His signing came to the attention in the United States in an article by Americas Rugby News after confirmation was made in a television interview with WIN News.
[July 6, 2020 EDIT: Old Glory DC has clarified that while the team is in talks with Masters, a formal contract has yet to be signed between the player and club. His signing announcement was made prematurely based on the television announcement.]
Harry is from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He attended Sunshine Coast Grammar School where he played on the first XV rugby team. In 2010 he was considered for selection for the Sunshine Coast U15 Stingrays but missed the final selection. This motivated him to work hard and the following year was the Sunshine Coast sole representative for the Queensland U16s.
While playing for Sunshine Coast Grammar, the team advanced to the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union School first XV premiership final in 2011, winning in 2012, however in 2013 he broke his wrist playing for Sunshine Coast at the Queensland Championship and could not play in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union School first XV premiership final. He was also the team’s co-captain that year. He also toured with Grammar to New Zealand in 2012. He also achieved representative rugby honors for the Central Queensland Barbarians against Gladstone in 2014 and the 2014 Colt U19 team at the University of Queensland.
During the 2014/2015 season, he played in the Division 3 Men’s league in Scotland for Dunfermline Rugby Union Club.
Harry attended the University of Mary Washington on a rugby scholarship from 2017-2020, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics with a minor in Economics. The team won the 2017 National D1AA Championship and was selected to the 2018 Chesapeake Collegiate Rugby Conference Sevens All-Conference team. Mary Washington also finished in third place at College Sevens Nationals. The team moved to the D1A Rugby East Conference in 2019 and his performance earned him an invitation to the 2019 Collegiate All-American East Camp and resulted in his selection to the Collegiate All-American Third Team. he also excelled in sevens and was named to the 2019 College National Sevens Dream Team.
Prior to the first Major League Rugby Collegiate draft, DJCoil Rugby published an article “Could the University of Mary Washington’s Matt Gordon & Harry Masters be Selected in the MLR Draft?” Matt Gordon was selected in the second round as the 23rd selection in the draft, while Harry was undrafted. The two players, however, will be reunited with their former coach in Tim Brown at Old Glory DC in 2021.
“The Gremlin” will likely be developed at scrumhalf, although he has also played fullback while at UMW.
Harry Masters Rugby Highlights