Old Glory DC re-signed Jack Iscaro for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old hooker/prop is 6’1″ and 255 lbs.
Jack was injured during the 2020 pre-season and did not play during the regular-season for Old Glory. Following the 2019 exhibition season in which the team gained wins over the USA Rugby South Panthers and the Ontario Blues, Jack signed a training contract with the Glasgow Warriors and was in Scotland through December. This assignment was an early example of the advantages of Old Glory partnering with one of its investors, the Scottish Rugby Union, owner of the Glasgow Warriors as well as Scotland’s other professional team, Edinburgh Rugby.
Jack grew up in the greater DC area and played his youth rugby with the Maryland Exiles program, as well as high school rugby with Gonzaga College High School from 2011-2015. Then it on onto the University of California – Berkeley from 2015-2019. where he helped to earn two national rugby championships before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography.
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“Jack is such a great example of the rugby development pathway we want to build around Old Glory – from youth and high school play with the Exiles and Gonzaga, through one of the best collegiate rugby programs in the U.S., and on to a shot in Scotland with the Warriors. It was extremely validating for us to see that Scottish Rugby and the Warriors saw the potential in Jack, as a rugby professional, that we do,” said Old Glory DC Chairman Chris Dunlavey.
Although the prop succumbed to an upper-body injury during a preseason match against Rugby ATL in January, Iscaro worked tirelessly through the squad’s first five matches in order to maintain his anticipated return date in the middle of the MLR season. While the MLR never made it to the sixth week due to COVID-19, Iscaro looks towards 2021.
“I’ve been quarantining in the DC area with family while rehabbing with our fantastic group at the Medstar facility,” said Iscaro, who is anticipated to return to rugby at full strength in 2021.
“I’m very happy to be coming back to Old Glory,” said Iscaro. “After having my season cut short with an injury, I’m excited to return and continue to build on what the team and coaching staff established this past year. I’m looking forward to seeing all the fans and hopefully giving them something to cheer about in the 2021 season.”
Welcome back to Old Glory, Jack Iscaro!
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Upon graduating from college, Iscaro promptly signed a professional contract with his home-town Major League Rugby team, Old Glory DC. A standout front row during Old Glory’s 2019 exhibition season, Iscaro caught the attention of Scottish Rugby officials, who facilitated his invitation to join Glasgow for their pre-season training prior to their fall 2019/20 PRO14 campaign.
Glasgow Warriors’ Head of Rugby Operations, John Manson, who recently visited Old Glory DC on a consultancy basis, said: “Jack coming to Scotstoun to train in our environment is the first example of the partnership between Old Glory DC and Scottish Rugby being utilized from a talent perspective. It’s a great opportunity for an impressive young player to learn in a new setting, working closely with our coaches, trainers, and playing squad.”
“Maryland Exiles to Gonzaga to Cal to Old Glory and now to Glasgow – Jack’s the perfect example of the rugby development pathway we want to grow,” said Old Glory owner Paul Sheehy. “The grass-roots rugby of the greater DC area, with the addition of Old Glory and our partnership with Scottish Rugby, will create a phenomenal set of opportunities for players coming through our system, as long as we organize it as effectively as we hope.”
“What an amazing opportunity for Jack,” added Old Glory Chairman Chris Dunlavey. “It’s every US rugby player’s dream. At a minimum, it’s certain to be a fantastic developmental experience for him, and it could only happen to a guy of the quality and character Jack exhibits.”
Said Jack Iscaro, “This is a great opportunity for me and I’d like to thank the coaches at Old Glory and Glasgow Warriors for facilitating this move. I’m really happy to be in Glasgow and I’m looking forward to the next few months with the Warriors.”