The Dallas Jackals obtained Tom Brusati from the New England Free Jacks in exchange for salary cap space. The 24-year-old scrumhalf (25 in March) is 5’9″ and 175 lbs.
Tom played 43 minutes in 8 matches (11 on matchday roster) for the Free Jacks in 2021.
Tom is from San Rafael, California, and played rugby and football while at Terra Linda High School. He also played for the Marin Highlanders in 2012-2013 and for the North Bay Rugby Club Wildcats from 2013-2015, as well as returning later as a coach for the Summer 7s program.
He attended Saint Mary’s College of California and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Entrepreneurship. While with the Gaels, he learned from two other MKR halfbacks, Holden Yungert and Sean Yacoubian, and played in 24 D1A rugby games. He was a California All-Conference first-team selection for the 2019-2020 season. He also helped to win the 2017 National Championship, attended two Penn Mutual 7s tournaments, and was awarded 1st team All-Conference his senior year.
Dallas Jackals Comments
Brusatsi said, “I am most excited about being a part of and getting to know a new group of players and giving whatever I can to the team to have the most successful season possible. I am also very proud and excited to be a part of the Inaugural Season with the Jackals.”
He continued, “It means everything to me to have another opportunity to continue my rugby career. Last season was an amazing experience and getting an opportunity from the Jackals to continue my career is something I’m very thankful for.” On the topic of moving to Dallas, Brusati said, “Being from a town on the coast of California and never really leaving the Bay Area, I’m really excited to get down to Dallas and just experience a different culture and different part of the States. Although I’ll never be caught dead in a Cowboys Jersey, I’d love to go to a game and see the stadium and see the Cowboys play.”
Jackals GM Elaine Vassie said, “Having first spoke to Tom back in 2020, I was really pleased to see him enter the league with Free Jacks and even happier that we managed to agree to a trade. An intelligent player with a nicely rounded skill set, we’re excited to support his aspirations and are confident how we want to play will allow him to show the best of his game.”
Welcome to the Pack Tom!
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