NOLA Gold Kyle Baillie 2021 Profile

NOLA Gold Rugby Club Kyle Baillie enters his second year of a three-year contract that is through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old lock/back row is from Summerside, Prince Edward Island. He is 6’5″ and weighs 245 lbs.

Kyle played 276 minutes in 4 matches as a starter during the Covid-19 shorted 2020 season and was the team’s captain. In 2019 he played 523 minutes in 8 starts and scored one try. He carried the ball 50 times for 311 meters, had 2 line breaks, 2 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, and made 82 tackles. Kyle played with the Ohio Aviators Tens at the World Tens Series in Bermuda in November and started at lock for NOLA Gold against the Houston SaberCats in their 2021 preseason match.

Baillie graduated from Three Oaks High school and played rugby for the Axemen, winning Rugby PEI top junior athlete honors in 2009. He has played club rugby for the Castaway Wanderers, the Edmonton Druids, St. Albert RFC, Westshore  RFC, and the Halifax Tars.

He also played representative rugby for Atlantic Rock and the Prairie Wolf Pack in the Canadian Rugby Championship.

In 2015 he began his professional rugby career with Eastern Suburbs in Sydney, Australia. In 2016 he played with the Ohio Aviators, scoring six tries in his six starts. In January 2017 he had a trial with the Saracens in the English Premiership but dislocated his shoulder in the LV Cup, thus missing out on a long-term contract. In May 2017 he signed with the London Scottish in the Green King IPA Championship for the 2017-2018 season. In the Summer of 2017, he went to New Zealand ahead of the 2017 tests for Canada.

Baillie has played for Canada A in the Americas Rugby Championship in 2014, the Americas Pacific Challenge, and the Pacific Nations Cup. He also played for the Canada Senior team, debuting on February 13, 2016, at the Americas Rugby Championship against the U.S. He has 29 caps and has started 23 matches while scoring three tries. His last test was against South Africa in his start on October 8, 2019, in Kobe, Japan.

Baillie was part of Canada‘s 2019 Pacific Nations Cup squad that played the USA, Fiji, and Tonga prior to pre-Rugby World Cup matches against Leinster, the USA, and the BC All-Stars.

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