The Dallas Jackals signed Todd Gleave for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old hooker is 5’11” and 215 lbs.
Todd grew up in East Grinstead, a town just south of London. While attending Brighton College, he played schoolboy rugby with East Grinstead RFC and later Haywards Heath.
He joined the London Scottish in 2014 for their RFU Championship season, and also played with National League 1 side Rosslyn Park. He then signed with London Irish, helping the team win the RFU Championship and advancing to the British and Irish Cup quarter-final in 2016. The team earned a promotion and he made his Premiership debut in the 2017/18 season.
For the 2018/19 Premiership season, Gleave signed with Gloucester Rugby, which advanced to the Premiership semi-final. Gleave made 20 appearances with Gloucester including two in the Premiership Cup and two in the Championship Cup.
He then was loaned to the Ospreys, who play in the United Rugby Championship and European Rugby Championship, and in April 2021played in the Pro14 Rainbow Cup.
Dallas Jackals Comments
Outside of rugby, Gleave enjoys really good coffee and owns his own coffee events company Stubborn Rhino. He looks forward to experiencing Dallas and all it has to offer.
“Everyone I have spoken to inside and outside of the Jackals has nothing but great things to say,” Gleave said. “It’s a super exciting challenge going on. I’m looking forward to representing the team, embracing American life, and meeting the people of Dallas.”
On the topic of the growth of rugby in the US, Gleave said, “Looking from the outside, the US is full of amazing athletic talent and the growth of rugby is something that could be astronomical. I’m looking forward to sharing past experiences and knowledge around my specific position and the team to guys that are hungry to learn.”
“Elaine has a clear vision of where the club wants to go,” Gleave stated about the Jackals. “Coupled with the chance to see US cities and play in a growing competition that is gaining a lot of social media attraction, it was a very appetizing opportunity.”
Jackals GM said, “Todd’s a quality rugby player with intelligence that shows on and off the ball. Solid in the set-piece, but with real energy in the loose, we definitely connected over how Jackals will approach our playing and coaching environments and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact he’s going to have on arrival!”
Welcome to the Pack Todd and fiance Dominique!
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