Old Glory DC signed USA Eagle Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old No.8 is 6’2″ and 254 lbs.
The Old Glory #8 played 333 minutes in five matches with Old Glory in 2020 and significantly contributed to the forwards in the attack. He was one of the league leaders in many MLR statistics, with 59 tackles, 45 carries, three breakdown steals, and five tackle-breaks.
Jamason played with the Houston SaberCats in 7 matches during the 2019 MLR season. He played 462 minutes, scored 3 tries, had 60 carries for 416 meters, and had 5 lineout takes. He is currently playing this Fall for the Chicago Griffins.
Jamason is from Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, and attended Ipswich Grammar School, graduating in 2014. He then went to King’s College, The University of Queensland from 2014-2017, earning a Bachelor of International Business in Hotel & Tourism. In 2017 he began a Master’s Program at the University of Sydney.
Jamason played rugby at Ipswich and for QLD 1 in 2012 and 2013. He also attended the Queensland Reds Academy from 2010-2013. While at the University of Queensland, he played rugby sevens and 15s for UQ and in 2014 also played with the Brisbane Broncos Under-20s Rugby League team.
In 2015 he played on the Samoa Under-20s and for the Queensland Reds Under-20s in 2015-2016. In 2017 he was invited to attend the International Rugby Academy in New Zealand. While in Palmerston North, he was scouted and signed with the NSW Waratah’s Super Rugby team and played in the inaugural Rugby 10s tournament in Brisbane. He also played in the Shute Shield with the Southern Districts Rebels.
In June 2017, he moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and played with the West Auckland Suburbs, helping them to make the Grand Final at Eden Park. He then joined the Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup. In March 2018 he joined the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan’s Top League and now joins the Houston SaberCats in 2019 in Major League Rugby.
His size and athleticism made an impact for the SaberCats in 2019 and will do the same for Old Glory DC in 2020.
Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz made his USA National Team debut against Canada at Glendale, Colorado on July 27, 2019, during the Pacific Nations Cup and his second test was against Japan at Suva, Fiji on August 10, 2019. The Eagle 534 has two caps and was part of the extended 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.
Old Glory DC Comments
“I’m really excited to have Jamason back at Old Glory,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “He is a great young man with good character and strong values. He was pretty special for us last season with a huge work rate, often having to create and go forward in difficult situations, either off a poor scrum or facing a wall of defenders in front of him, but he did it very well. He is one of the most effective ball carriers in the league.”
While his mass and speed on the pitch make him a force to be reckoned with, the forward’s quiet demeanor off the pitch contributes to the Old Glory’s character-first culture. “Jama is a silent assassin, a quiet man that gives the team confidence, and he’s very coachable,” added Douglas. “It’s great to have another member of the OG family returning for 2021.”
Fa’anana-Schultz, who has been residing in the DC area since the league’s canceled season, has been in close communication with the Old Glory DC coaching staff. “I’m excited for 2021,” said Fa’anana-Schultz. “I’m looking forward to getting back with the Old Glory team and bringing back a championship to the city.”