Old Glory DC signed Dominique Bailey for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old back row is 6’1″ and 210 pounds.
In 2021 with Austin Gilgronis, he played 752 minutes in 12 matches, starting 9, made 123 successful tackles, arrived at 131 rucks, and accounted for 48 ball carries over 271 meters.
Dom played 458 minutes through ten matches with Austin Elite in 2019 and suffered a knee injury at the tail end of the season. Bailey joined Austin last season and worked to rehab his knee, but due to the season’s cancelation, he did not play. While rehabbing, he served as the foreman in constructing the club’s new high-performance precinct.
Dominique was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but grew up in Kansas City, Kansas for the majority of his youth. He moved back to Kentucky for high school, attending Eastern High School from 2008-2012. While there the rugby team won the State Rugby Championship in 2011, with Dominique selected a the Forwards MVP. He also was involved in wrestling, football, and track.
Dominique then attended Davenport University from 2012-2017, earning a BBA Degree in Marketing. He played rugby his entire time at Davenport with the team advancing to the D1A National Semifinals in 2015. He also achieved USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2015 and in 2016 and was also named to Men’s Collegiate All-Americans Sevens team in 2017.
He played club rugby with the Chicago Lions in 2018 and played in the Elite Cup against Old Blue, and at the 2018 Rugbytown 7s, he played with Tiger Rugby.
Bailey starred at Davenport University in both fifteens and sevens, alongside NOLA Gold standout JP Eloff. He twice earned Collegiate All-American honorable mention and in 2017 he was selected to the Collegiate All-American Sevens team. Upon graduation, Bailey joined Eloff with the Chicago Lions, a Division 1 club powerhouse that has seen ten players into the MLR ranks. In 2018, Bailey made standout performances in the Elite Cup against New York’s Old Blue and with Tiger Rugby at RugbyTown7s.
Old Glory DC Comments
“Dom Bailey comes with a formidable reputation as a defensive machine and dangerous attacker,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “He’s been knocking on the door of the Eagles for a few seasons, and hopefully, at Old Glory, we can help break that door down for him. Dom is another well-liked player in the league and will add a hardened edge to the OG family.”
“I’m excited to be starting a new journey in DC with Old Glory,” said Dom on joining Old Glory for 2022. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the team and the Old Glory fans! I’m looking forward to getting out on the field with the boys and coaches, building a strong culture group, and having a successful 2022 season! Let’s Go!”