San Diego Legion added their 2021 MLR Collegiate Round 1 draft pick #5, Jonah Dietenberger, for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old lock (23 in March) is 6’6″ and 220 lbs.
Jonah, who is from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, played in last Friday’s scrimmage against Austin Gilgronis. It is unclear whether he has signed an MLR contract or is a development player, pending a team announcement.
Jonah began playing flag rugby when he was in fourth grade and later high school rugby for the Wolfpac when he attended North Fond du Lac High School. He also wrestled and played football while there. Jonah was recognized as a player to watch and earned him a spot with the Badger Selects.
He attended Lindenwood University from 2017 to 2021, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. A highlight for him was beating Life University in rugby XVs for the first time. In 2018 he attended the USA Junior All-American Camp, which was used for World Rugby Trophy Qualifier selection. Although he was not named to the squad, it was an honor to attend.
Jonah hopes to be named to the 2022 Legion MLR squad, however, should he be a development player, that will help him grow as a player while training in this professional environment.