Old Glory DC re-signed Renata Roberts-TeNana for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old wing is 6’2″ and 200lbs. He has also played fullback and flyhalf.
During the 2021 season, Renata played 1267 minutes starting all 16 matches, scored five tries and carried for 1,197 meters over 105 ball carries. He also made 49 tackle breaks, 10 line breaks, and 636 kicking meters.
Renata played in all five matches for Old Glory during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. He started the first three matches on the left wing and was a reserve for the final two matches. Following the season, he returned to New Zealand and played with Northland in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Renata is from Ruatoria, New Zealand, and is the son of Karl TeNana, a former New Zealand Rugby Sevens stat. Renata attended Auckland Grammar School from 2009-2013 and a penalty goal in the Development final of the 2012 New Zealand Secondary Schools National Rugby League Tournament gave Auckland Grammar the championship over Papakura. He also played for his local club, Ruatoria City, as well as Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club during the 2012-2013 season.
Renata is an accomplished rugby sevens player and has played for North Harbour during the New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament. In 2017 he helped Spreranza with the Dubai International Sevens Tournament.
Renata has played with OB Marist and in 2017 played with the Northland Development Team. In 2018 and in 2019 he played for Northland in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Old Glory Comments
“Renata had a great 2021 Major League Rugby season,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “His talent with ball in hand and creating opportunity, not just for himself, but for his teammates, is invaluable. I’m sure Renata will bring that excitement back for 2022. He’s a big part of our culture, and we love his energy and passion for Old Glory. We can’t wait to see him back in DC.”
“My one and only goal is bringing a Championship to the DMV, and 2022 is when it’s going to happen,” said Roberts-Tenana. “I can’t wait to get on the ground and meet the new boys and reconnect with some of the old ones to start building our culture, team, and energy. This will be my 3rd year playing for Old Glory, and each year gets harder, so I am looking forward to the challenge this year brings my teammates and me.”