Old Glory DC signed Robert Irimescu for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old hooker/flanker (26 in March) is 6’1″ and 230 lbs.
Rob played 103 minutes in 9 matches (12 on the matchday roster) at hooker and flanker during the 2021 MLR season for Rugby United New York .He carried for 49 meters, made 17 successful tackles, and arrived at 33 rucks. He played 44 minutes in four matches in the pandemic shortened 2020 season.
Following the 2021 season, Rob played for New York Athletic Club in the American Rugby Premiership. He also played for NYAC in the 2019 Elite Cup competition.
Rob is a New York City native and attended Xavier High School from 2010-2014. He was the captain of the rugby team his final year, was a three-time All-State section, and an All-American. He also played track and football. In the latter, he was the team’s captain and was selected to the All-City Second Team.
Rob attended Penn State from 2014-2019 earning B.S. Degrees in Finance and Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Accounting. He played on the rugby team and helped the team win back-to-back D1A Rugby East Conference titles. He was selected to the All-Rugby East Second Team once and the First Team twice. He was also named Forward of the Year.
Rob was also a two-time Men’s Collegiate All-American. He played the Men’s Collegiate All-Stars XVs in a 23-22 win over Canada University All-Stars prior to the USA Men’s National Team test against Canada at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO on July 27, 2019.
Rob played for NYAC in the 2019 Elite Cup competition
Old Glory DC Comments
“I’m incredibly excited to join DC for this 2022 MLR Season,” said Irimescu on signing with Old Glory. “The culture, the fans, and the environment are infectious, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I’m eager to get to work with the boys!”
“Rob is looking for the opportunity to take his rugby to another level, and we feel we can provide that for him,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “He’s had a couple of seasons at New York playing behind Dylan Fawsitt. Now he has the opportunity to force a starting place for Old Glory. Rob is a well-liked player, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can bring both on and off the field.”