The Utah Warriors re-signed Alex Tucci for the 2021 Major League Rugby season, his fourth with the team. The 28-year-old prop (29 in December) is 6’3″ and 255 lbs.
Alex played 175 minutes in 14 matches for the Warriors in 2019. He carried 15 times for 103 meters and made 34 tackles. He was injured during the 2019 season and spent 2020 aggressively rehabilitating with the hopes of returning in 2020. COVID-19 interfered with that goal, but he is now ready to resume playing in 2021.
Tucci was born in New York City in the Bronx and moved to South Florida as a teen to concentrate on sports year-round. At age 15 Alex was introduced to both rugby and football and quickly excelled in both sports.
Tucci attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida. where he graduated in 2010. As a senior, he was named to the Class 6A first-team All-State and All-County teams as an offensive tackle. He also played on the defensive line. He also was invited to the Aloha Prep Bowl on Dec. 12, 2009, representing the mainland all-stars against the Pacific Islands.
Upon graduation, he accepted a football scholarship at Colorado State University. He was redshirted in 2010, was a varsity reserve in 2011, but did not play and in 2012 he started all 12 games for the Rams as a defensive lineman. While at Colorado State, he also played No. 8 with the D1A Rugby, Rams Rugby team.
Tucci then transferred to West Texas A&M to complete his College Football career. In the two years for the Bluffs, he played in all 25 games, starting for 24 of them. In 2014 he was named to the 2nd team All-Conference team. He also played rugby at the college.
In 2016 Tucci moved back to Florida and joined the Okapi Wanderers Rugby Club from Weston, Florida. On November 6, 2016, he represented the USA Rugby South Panthers against Life University. He also played with the Okapi Wanderers during the Spring 2017 season, but in the Fall moved to Ireland to play with the Gorey RFC.
Alex then signed with the Utah Warriors for the 2018 Major League Rugby season and played in all matches. As the season progressed, he developed into a good front-row player. He is also a powerful runner with the ball-in-hand.