San Diego Legion re-signed Psalm Wooching for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The Hawaii native is 26-years-old (27 in January), 6’3″, and 235 lbs.
During the 2020 MLR season, Psalm started all five matches at the openside flanker. The team was the only undefeated team in the truncated season. In 2019 the team advanced to the MLR final. Psalm played 983 minutes in 14 matches and had three tries. He had 121 carries for 757 meters, 2 linebreaks, 5 tackle breaks, 12 offloads, and made 171 tackles.
Psalm Fa’afosia Pulemagafa Wooching is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and is of Samoan descent. He attended Kealakehe High School through his graduation in 2012, played rugby with the Kona Bulls from 2006-2012, and participated in a rugby training camp in New Zealand in 2011.
While in high school he also began playing football as a linebacker and running back, helping the Waveriders win the BIIF Division 1 title his senior year, rushing for 250 yards and three TDs in a win over Keaau. In his Junior year, he named all-conference and was a finalist for the conference player of the year. He also was a sprinter on the track team and a member of the basketball team. Psalm also maintained cultural dance traditions while working at luaus.
Psalm attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship from 2012-2016. He initially played fullback and defensive end before switching to outside linebacker. The team played in the 2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl and the 2016 Peach Bowl, the semi-final playoff against Alabama. In 2016 he was named as an Honorable Mention to the All-Pac 12 Conference team and as an Honorable Mention Academic All Pac 12 Conference team.
Psalm also played club rugby for the Seattle Saracens in the CDI Premier League in 2016-2017. Before the NFL draft, he announced that he had chosen rugby over football, sending shock waves throughout the world.
By April 2017, he had a try out with Pau in France and in May a trial with the Harlequins. He then played with the Hong Kong Scottish 10s as a hooker.
USA National Team
Psalm was also on the national team radar. He was invited to a USA 7s training camp. He played in the 2017 and the 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge for the USA Selects and made his Eagles debut in the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship against Chile on February 17. Eagle 519 has 4 caps and also played against Brazil and Uruguay in the ARC and Samoa at San Sebastian, Nov 10, 2018.
Psalm also intended to play professionally for Rugby Viadana in the Italian Excellenza for the 2018-2019 season, but the contract was mutually voided. That has provided an opportunity to play MLR rugby for the San Diego Legion in 2019.
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