The Austin Gilgronis have signed Round Rock, Texas native Christian Ostberg for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old lock has also played blindside flanker and is 6’6″, 254 lbs.
Christian was a rugby player at Stony Point High School from 2009-2012and was the captain in 2011 and 2012. He was named the Texas Player of the Year in 2012, as well as an All-District and All-State selection in both 2011 and 2012. He was also a member of the Texas High-Performance Team from 2010-2012. The team played in the Rocky Mountain Challenge and he was named to the All-Tournament Team in 2010 and 2011. In 2013 he played all five games with the USA U20s in the Junior World Championship in France.
Christian attended Life University from 2012-2014, majoring in Business Administration and Management, and was a member of the rugby team.
He then left for Italy and spent six months with Amatori Rugby Alghero in Alghero, Sardinia from August 2014 to January 2015. He then moved to Thame, England for four months and played with Chinnor Rugby Football Club in English RFU’s National League 2 South and assisted in Chinnor’s 6th place finish in a 16-team league. Then it was onto France to play for Stade Aurillacois for almost five years in the French Rugby Pro D2. Since March 2020, he has returned home to train and play with the Austin Gilgroins in the 2021 MLR season.
Christian also played for the USA Selects in the 2016 Americas Pacific Challenge.