Austin Gilgronis Signs Jake Turnbull

Austin Gilgronis signed Jake Turnbull for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old prop (28 in July) is 6’2″ and 255 lbs.

Jake played all five matches for Old Glory DC in 2020, starting three times. Following the season, he returned to Australia and played for Randwick in the Shute Shield.

Jake played for the Houston SaberCats for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and was the SaberCats Academy Youth Development Coach, for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. In 2019 Jake played 286 minutes in 12 matches, carried the ball 23 times for 96 meters and made 61 tackles.

During 2018,  Jake played in seven of the eight regular-season matches and scored one try. During week 3 of the MLR season, he was selected to the first team of the week at loosehead prop. A broken foot during the pre-season for the SaberCats impacted his early 2018 regular season playing time.

Jake is from Sydney, Australia and went to Waverly College from 2006-2011 where he played rugby and then left for Eastern Suburbs in the Shute Shield from 2012-2017.

In 2015 he moved to Denver, Colorado where he played for the Glendale Raptors in the Pacific Rugby Premiership before returning to New South Wales and Eastern Suburbs. In 2016 he played for the Denver Stampede and then for New York Athletic Club in the American Rugby Premiership. He also was selected that year for the USA Rugby Selects in the Americas Pacific Challenge.

In 2017 he returned to Australia to play with Eastern Suburbs and is attending the  Australian College of Physical Education since 2017 as a distance education student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree of Sports Business, Sport and Exercise.

During Fall, 2017 he signed with the Houston SaberCats as a player and as an Academy and Youth Development Coach. The Academy had several areas of focus: U20 Men, U19 Varsity HS, U17 Junior Varsity, and U15 HS.

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