Old Glory DC re-signed co-captain Mungo Mason for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old flanker is 6’2″ and 223 lbs.
Mungo quickly established himself as a team leader and started all five matches during the COVID-19 shortened MLR season. He played 400 minutes at openside flanker, had 52 ball carries over 353 meters, four line-breaks, and eight tackle-breaks.
After the season, he played with the Warringah Rats in the Shute Shield in Australia.
Mason was born in Carluke, Scotland, which is outside of Glasgow, and moved with his family to Tauranga, New Zealand when he was two.
Mason attended Tauranga Boys’ College and was captain of the 1st XV rugby side. He also played for the New Zealand Secondary School Barbarian team in 2013. Mungo was selected as the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship recipient to attend the University of Waikato, where he earned a Law and International Management Degree.
He also was a student ambassador and volunteer sports member of the Waikato Academy of Young Achievers. He also was selected to attend the 2016 University Scholars’ Leadership Symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam.
In 2017 he completed his LLB Degree from the University of Waikato while in Chicago studying at Chicago-Kent College of Law. While there, he played rugby with the Chicago Lions in the Midwest Rugby Union Division 1 side. He was then signed to a contract with the San Diego Legion during the 2018 Major League Rugby season.
Following the season, Mungo joined Edinburgh Rugby, a member of Guinness PRO 14, in pre-season 2018/19. He played against Zebre and against the Southern Kings. Mason was also selected to represent the Scotland Sevens team as a core member for the 2018-2019 HSBC World Sevens Series.
From August-September, 2019 Mason played for Ngawha Rugby Club in the Bay of Plenty rugby competition.
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In Old Glory DC’s inaugural season, Mungo Mason quickly became a crowd favorite, known for his powerful line breaks and tackle-breaking runs on offense and “everywhere-at-once” defense on the pitch.
“Old Glory took the first steps towards something special last year,” said Mungo Mason. “Now we get to see out that journey in 2021. I’m pumped.”
Mason collected the titles for most tackles and the most ball carries on the Old Glory squad during the 2020 season. Across the entire MLR, Mason falls third in most tackles made and fourth for most ball carries.
“Mungo was one of the most consistent back-rowers in the MLR last season and having him back establishing our club is immense,” said Coach Douglas. Douglas praised Mason’s on-field intelligence during the 2021 season, dealing with on-field situations calmly and thoughtfully alongside co-captain Thretton Palamo.
“Plus, being a qualified lawyer helps him deal with referees,” jokes Douglas. “Working alongside him was very enjoyable. He is prepared to question and challenge if he thinks it will help the team, and that is great for a coach.”
Fans will be able to see Mungo Mason take the pitch during opening weekend on March 20th. Sign up for our newsletter and follow the team during the 2021 MLR campaign.
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