The Dallas Jackals signed Henry Hall to their development side for 2021. The 27-year-old prop is 6’2″, and 270 lbs.
Henry is from Tacoma, Washington, and attended Puyallup High School. He played football in 2008 and 2009 at tight end and linebacker and is included in the school’s all-time football roster.
He comes from a rugby family with his father Ric ‘Zippy’ Hall, one of the founders of the Valley Kangaroos RFC in Seattle. In fact, he played for the first time on the pitch with his father for his 60th birthday with the team.
Henry began playing rugby at age 13 with the Tacoma Tsunami, continuing with Chuckanut Bay, The Pacific Northwest Washington Loggers representative side, Liberty RFC, as well as with the Valley Kangaroos.
Following his time with the Puyallup High School Vikings, he earned a scholarship to St. George’s School in Vancouver, Canada, representing the rugby team in his junior and senior years. His performance earned selection as a High School All American in 2010 and he captained the side during the team’s South Africa tour in 2011. When not playing football or rugby he enjoys playing badminton and pick up basketball.
Henry moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 2011 and played for Auckland University’s U-20 Side. He progressed through the USA Rugby age-grade pathway, playing for the U20s in winning the World Rugby Junior Trophy.
Henry attended Saint Mary’s College of California from 2012-2016, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree In Integral Studies, and continued in 2016-2017, earning a Master of Science Degree in Business Management. While at Saint Mary’s the team won three D1A National Championship and one in sevens.
He then went on to play club rugby with the Olympic Club in 2018 and San Francisco Golden Gate Club in 2019 in the Pacific Rugby Premiership. He played with SFGG against the Seattle Seawolves in January 2019.
Henry then returned to Washington State to play with the Seattle Rugby Club in the British Columbia Premiership.
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Henry’s love for rugby is deeply rooted and has been fueled by his teammates, coaches, mentors, and travels. He says “on the field, it’s a fluid game that liberates the players to make their own decisions while demanding an abundance of courage and chemistry to succeed as a team. Off the field, there is a global community composed of all walks of life looking after one another.”
Henry is looking forward to the Texan Barbecue and exploring the Dallas Arts District. He says, “I’m most excited to represent the Jackals and be part of Dallas’ inaugural professional rugby team. It’ll be a great opportunity to continue to improve as a player.” Henry is eager to contribute to the growth of rugby in the United States and looks forward to sharing his passion with Dallas. Welcome to the pack Henry!