Old Glory DC signed Dante Lopresti for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old loosehead head prop/hooker is 5’11” and 255 lbs. Dante is from Hyattsville, Maryland.
Dante played 136 minutes in four matches, starting twice, for Old Glory DC during their inaugural MLR Covid-19 shortened 2020 season. In 2019 he also played in four matches during the team’s exhibition season.
He was a captain at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. In 2016 he was a US Rugby Foundation Kevin Higgins Scholarship recipient and went on to play at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Dante recently spent time with the Capital Selects and the Potomac Exiles Rugby Club. He played with Old Glory during the 2019 exhibition season.
Dante Lopresti is no stranger to the Old Glory DC training environment. Lopresti first donned the Old Glory DC matchday kit in May of 2019 during the team’s exhibition season at Catholic University. After a four-game campaign against notable matchups, like the Scottish U20 team and Shannon RFC, Old Glory Head Coach Andrew Douglas extended an offer to Lopresti to join Old Glory’s inaugural season in Major League Rugby.
During his first season, the homegrown prop made national headlines in the rugby world, scrummaging next to Rugby World Cup Champion Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira during Old Glory’s 2020 home opener against the Seattle Seawolves. Not only did Lopresti and Old Glory DC ultimately emerge victorious over the two-time MLR champion from Seattle, but the prop was named man of the match.
Lopresti is happy to be back on the pitch after a long quarantine with his family, much of which he spent playing one-on-one basketball with his son, working out at home, and watching Hallmark movies with his mother.
“It is awesome to be back,” said Dante Lopresti. “The team is ready to build on and finish what we started last year before the season was cut short.”
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