The Dallas Jackals signed Samuel Phillips for the 2022 Inaugural Major League Rugby season. Sam will be 26-years-old this week. He plays lock and is 6’5″ and 245 lbs.
Sam grew up in Longview, Texas, and attended Clinton High School. He played football and Southwestern Oklahoma University before transferring to Louisiana College, where he continued playing football. He was invited to a New Orleans Saints mini-camp, but it was canceled due to the pandemic.
Sam then joined the Colorado XO’s, which changed its name later to the American Raptors.
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Phillips said, “Being able to come to Dallas, close to home, and be able to help build the Jackals program from the very beginning is very exciting to me.” He continued, “To get to help grow rugby in the very area I grew up in, which is very heavy into football, is going to be an amazing opportunity.”
Although Phillips has only played rugby for a short time, he says, “It’s exciting getting to make my mark in the most premier rugby league in North America. I’m ready to make a statement with my play and prove that I belong in this league. I’m very excited to be able to play in front of my friends and family back home in Texas!”
Jackals GM Elaine Vassie said, “Samuel’s a real athlete with a strong football pedigree, who despite only converting to rugby very recently, shows a real impact. As a former tight end, the blend of his physicality and handling along with his work ethic will serve him well. I can’t wait to welcome him home to Texas and into the league!”
Welcome to the Pack Samuel!