Rugby ATL signed Ryan Rees for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. He was drafted by another team in the Supplemental Collegiate Draft of six players, which was held along with the Dallas Jackals dispersal draft, and was traded to Rugby ATL. The 23-year-old scrumhalf is 5’10” and 170 lbs.
Ryan is from Austin, Texas, and attended Westlake High School. He played rugby while in high school and was selected to the 2015 Texas High-Performance U18s, and helped the team win the 2015 and 2016 Texas State Rugby Championship. In 2015 he was also selected as Back of the Year, while the 2016 win gained him Eagle Impact Rugby Academy recognition as the Player of the Week.
Ryan attended Life University from 2016 until his graduation in 2020. He played rugby for four years and helped the team win back-to-back D1A National Championships in 2018 and 2019. He was the 2019 MVP of the Final, was selected to the Collegiate All-American 1st Team in 2019. He also played for the USA U20s in the World Rugby Trophy qualifier. In 2020 he was a Mid-South All-Conference selection and was a Rudy Scholtz Award Finalist.
In Fall 2020 he played rugby for the Life Men’s Club team. He also played club sevens rugby in the Summer with the Austin Huns.