The Dallas Jackals signed Ayemere Oiyemhonlan for the team’s 2022 Inaugural Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old flanker is 6’3″ and 225 lbs.
Ayemere is from Hercules, California, and played volleyball at Deer Valley High School. He began playing rugby while at Idaho State before transferring to Lindenwood University – Belleville. In 2017-2018 he played rugby at Lindenwood University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management. His senior year, he also played club rugby sevens with Life West Rugby in the summer.
Ayemere attended an Old Glory DC combine in 2019 and was a member of their exhibition season that year. He then joined Old Blue Rugby Club in New York, as well as playing with Roots Rugby for various Winter 7s tournaments.
Recently, Ayemere played with Belmont Shore RFC and National Athletic Village and currently is with St. Louis Bombers. He also took part in the inaugural Premier Rugby Sevens with the Locals.
Ayemere attended McKendree University from 2020-2021, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Dallas Jackals Comments
“I am most excited to play high-level rugby in the Lone Star State, enjoy the southern hospitality, and the endless history/culture that is Dallas, “ Oiyemhonlan said. “Also to play for an organization that, outside of performing on the field, cares about bringing rugby to the forefront in America through the grassroots.”
“It means the world to me to continue my MLR career. It feels almost like a second chance especially when considering the opportunities are scarce and there are so many willing and able athletes across the world.”
Elaine Vassie, Jackals GM, said, “Ayemere has a real maturity in his outlook and perspective that shone through in our conversations. I’m confident this along with his athletic abilities and experience will serve him well on the next steps of his journey as a Jackal.”
Welcome to the Pack Ayemere!