The Dallas Jackals signed Ryheem Powell as a Development Player for the 2022 season! The 25-year-old prop is 6’1″ and 255 lbs.
Ryheem is from Warminster, PA, and attended William Tennett High Schoo where he played football. He played age-grade rugby with Doylestown Rugby Club, progressing from the U15 through U19s before playing with the senior club.
From 2015-2019 he attended Susquehanna University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. He played rugby at the University and in 2018 attended the Collegiate All-American Selection Camp in Glendale, Colorado. He also was a Mid-Atlantic All-Star in 2017.
Ryheem has traveled to Ireland and New Zealand when he attended the Crusaders International High-Performance Unit. He also has played representative rugby for Philadelphia United in both 2020 and 2021.
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Powell says rugby gave him something to connect with. He continued, “I finally started to become my true self, became more outgoing and all-around a more positive person. It’s a community of people who share the same love and respect for one thing, which is to say they are part of the rugby family.” Powell went on, “there seems to be no sport like it.”
Powell comes from a large family where he is the middle of seven kids. Family is actually a huge pull for him coming to Dallas as part of his extended family lives in Texas. He also has a two-year-old pit bull puppy named King who will accompany him.
Powell said, “It means the world to me to get this opportunity to grow with a new squad, play at a high level, and learn so much more about the game and myself. I felt an instant connection with the Jackals and it seemed like we were aligned with goals and hopes for the organization, myself, and those in our communities. I’m excited because I know this will be a place to grow and thrive.”
Jackals GM Elaine Vassie said, “Ryheem’s a really powerful player who’s put a lot of work in over this last year, and I’m pleased we will be welcoming him to Dallas for 2022.”
Welcome back to the Pack Ryheem!