Austin Gilgronis re-signed Brendan Rams for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old hooker/prop (32 in April) is 6’1″ and 285 lbs.
Brendan played 84 minutes in four matches as a reserve during the 2020 MLR season. Three of them he was a reserve at hooker and another at loosehead prop. He also carried the ball 13 times for 58 meters and made 12 tackles (92% tackle percentage). When he wasn’t playing for the Gilgronis, he continued to play with the Austin Blacks.
He played 230 minutes in 11 matches for the MLR side in 2019, carrying 30 times for 133 meters, and made 22 tackles. He also helped the Austin Blacks to the 2019 Men’s Club National Championship.
Brendan is from South Africa and attended St. Albans School and St. Albans College in Pretoria. He played age-grade rugby with the Blue Bulls Rugby Union from the Under-16s through the Senior level. He also played with the University of Pretoria (Tuks), Pumas Under-21s senior level, and Valke senior level.
In 2014 he moved to Austin, Texas, and played for the Austin Blacks and Austin Huns. He also was signed to the Denver Stampede in 2016, but a preseason knee injury caused him to miss the season. Following the 2017 year with the Huns, he returned to South Africa.
Austin Gilgronis Comments
The AG’s are excited to welcome back front-row specialist, Brendan Rams. Rams’ monstrous build and eternal energy are central to the type of front row first year AG’s head coach Sam Harris is building in Austin.
“I’M BAAAAAACK!” Rams laughs.
Rams works as a personal trainer for Dallas-area adults and youth, while constantly building and tuning his own body.
“Brendan is a beast of a human, who wants to be where the action is,” says Sam Harris. “He adds loads of energy to our team, I’m expecting him to have a breakout season.”
“People like Rams are a pleasure to coach,” says AG’s assistant coach Mark Gerrard. “Not just because of his excitement for the game, but because he wants to learn and win.”
Welcome back, Brendan Rams!