Utah Warriors Signs Connor Burns

The Utah Warriors signed Connor Burns for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old fullback is 6’4″ and 200 lbs. Conor was selected as the 24th pick in the 2021 MLR Collegiate draft.

Connor is from Reading, England, and attended Leighton Park School and Millfield School from 2015-2017.  He also was a  member of the London Irish Gold Academy.

He played rugby in college on a scholarship at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri from 2017-2021, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree In International Business. He was an All-Conference player for the Lions and a 2020 Rudy Scholtz Award Nominee. The Lions were Collegiate Rugby Championship winners in 2018, 2019, and 2021.

In addition to playing with the Warriors Selects this Fall and the Utah Warriors for 20222, he is the Commercial Operations Manager for the team.

Utah Warriors Comments

“We future-proofed our team in this 2021 Draft and added depth,” said Utah Warriors General Manager Brandon Sparks. “All of these players could appear next year in the top 23 but it is our organization’s goal to be patient and give them time to develop so they are successful. Our three selections exemplify our core values and have the tools to perform at this level and we are excited to welcome them to Utah.”

“Connor is a special player,” said Sparks. “His story at Lindenwood is unique and it demonstrated some grit that complimented his skill set. His boot and size will be an excellent addition and the players he will be surrounded by will compliment his development perfectly. He is the future of our back 3 and we are going to give him time to develop physically and on the field.”

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