Old Glory DC re-signed Will Vakalahi for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old tighthead/loosehead prop (22 in June) is 5’11” and 275 lbs.
Will played 160 minutes in five matches, starting twice, during the truncated 2020 MLR season, and carried the ball 10 times.
Will started at loosehead prop against Shannon Rugby Club in his only appearance during the 2019 exhibition season. He then joined the USA U20s for two matches against Canada in the World Rugby Trophy qualifier.
Will is from Granger, Indiana, and attended Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. He played No.8 in high school and helped the team to a Boys High School Rugby Nationals third-place finish, as well as becoming Indiana State Champions. He was an Under-17s All American and a nominee for the best high school player in the nation.
Will attended Davenport University during the 2017-2018 season on a scholarship. He was named to the FloRugby Top Freshman D1A team. He also was invited to the USA Rugby Under-20s Camp and was selected to the Junior All-Americans at No 8 against Belmont Shore Rugby Football Club.
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“I’m excited to go back to the DMV and finish what we started last year,” said Vakalahi.
Will Vakalahi’s family has a rugby-rich history, with both he and his two brothers earning scholarships to Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Welcome back, Will Vakalahi!