The Dallas Jackals signed Mohamed ‘Moe’ Abdelmonem for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old openside flanker is 5’10” and 220 lbs.
Moe competed with Austin Gilgronis ‘19-‘21 and previously represented Atlantic Rock, Spotswood URFC in New Zealand, and represented Nova Scotia U20s.
In 2021 he played 207 minutes in 5 matches, starting twice, and scored one try. He played in all 5 matches during the 2020 season, three as a starter. “Through five matches Abdelmonem tallied five breakdown steals and 48 tackles at a 78% made tackle percentage. He added 21 carries for 90 meters in an average of 57.8 minutes per game. Abdelmonem played all 80 minutes of the final three matches of the season.”
In 2019 he played 518 minutes in 10 matches, scored 2 tries, carried 25 times for 119 meters, and made 111 tackles.
Moe is from Egypt but moved to Qatar where he began playing rugby when he was 8 years old. He then moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2009.
He attended Al Khor Internation School in Qatar from 1995-2007 and played rugby and soccer, attended Citadel High School in 2009-2010, and played on the Phoenix Rugby Team. From 2012-2016, Moe attended Saint Mary’s University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, majoring in Finance. He also played rugby while at the university and also for the Halifax Tars, winning 6 provincial and 5 Maritime Championship titles in a row.
Moe played representative rugby for the Nova Scotia Keltics and was a key contributor to the teams’ first Eastern Championship win in 15 years in 2017. He also played regional rugby with the Atlantic Rock in the Canadian Rugby Championship. He also played rugby in New Zealand with Spotswood URFC in Taranaki, New Zealand in 2017. He also played for James Bay Athletic Association in 2017-2018.
Moe was on the Canadian National Team radar and moved to British Columbia where he played for James Bay Athletic Association. He played for James Bay against the Houston SaberCats in January 2018. He also was selected for the Vancouver Rugby Union Crimson Tide but was unavailable at that time.
Moe also played professionally for the Ontario Arrows against the New England Free Jacks in 2018 and appeared in one preseason 2019 match for Austin Elite Rugby. After visa issues were resolved, Moe joined Austin Elite Rugby ahead of their match against the Glendale Raptors on March 9, 2019.
Dallas Jackals Comments
The Dallas Jackals are excited to announce Mohamed ‘Moe’ Abdelmonem has signed with the Dallas Jackals!
Abdelmonem said, “I’m excited to be back in Texas and to be part of a new organization with the vision the Jackals have. I look forward to continuing learning and giving everything possible to the success of Jackals, their players, and their fans.”
As an experienced MLR player, Abdelmonem looks to help the younger players on and off the pitch. “I hope to show the standard of what a professional rugby player is, especially with the transition into being a professional and part of a new organization. I’m also excited to work with future Openside Flankers who want to master the art of jackaling or anybody who would like to learn.”
GM Elaine Vassie said, “From our first conversation, Moe’s outlook on the team and coaching environment was so obviously in tune with what we are growing. Known for his success in previous seasons Jackaling to secure turnovers, we’re excited to see his impact on attacking to get the ball back as we head into 2022.”
Welcome to the Pack Moe!
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