The Dallas Jackals signed Alex Tucci through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old prop is 6’3″ and 255 lbs.
Alex Tucci played 128 minutes in 10 matches with the Utah Warriors in 2021 after resuming playing after rehabilitating from an injury that occurred during the 2019 season.
He played 175 minutes in 14 matches for the Warriors in 2019, carrying 15 times for 103 meters and making 34 tackles. In 2018 he played 473 minutes, in 9 matches, starting 6, and scored one try.
Tucci was born in New York City in the Bronx and moved to South Florida as a teen to concentrate on sports year-round. At age 15 Alex was introduced to both rugby and football and quickly excelled in both sports.
Tucci attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida. where he graduated in 2010. As a senior, he was named to the Class 6A first-team All-State and All-County teams as an offensive tackle. He also played on the defensive line. He also was invited to the Aloha Prep Bowl on Dec. 12, 2009, representing the mainland all-stars against the Pacific Islands.
Upon graduation, he accepted a football scholarship at Colorado State University. He was redshirted in 2010, was a varsity reserve in 2011, but did not play and in 2012 he started all 12 games for the Rams as a defensive lineman. While at Colorado State, he also played No. 8 with the D1A Rugby, Rams Rugby team.
Tucci then transferred to West Texas A&M to complete his College Football career. In the two years for the Bluffs, he played in all 25 games, starting for 24 of them. In 2014 he was named to the 2nd team All-Conference team. He also played rugby at the college.
In 2016 Tucci moved back to Florida and joined the Okapi Wanderers Rugby Club from Weston, Florida. On November 6, 2016, he represented the USA Rugby South Panthers against Life University. He also played with the Okapi Wanderers during the Spring 2017 season, but in the Fall moved to Ireland to play with the Gorey RFC.
Alex then signed with the Utah Warriors for the 2018 Major League Rugby season and played in all matches. As the season progressed, he developed into a good front-row player. He is also a powerful runner with the ball in hand.
Dallas Jackals Comments
Jackals GM Elaine Vassie said, “Alex is coming to Dallas with a real drive to get out and prove the positive impact he can have on and off the field. A very popular member of the Utah squad, we know our Dallas community will welcome him with open arms as he arrives in Texas.”
“I’m excited to interact with the fans and rugby community. In Utah, I got to know a lot of the people in the community, so I am most excited about that. Plus I’m excited to get back to Texas,” Tucci said. “With MLR experience behind me, I would like to show the younger players how to be in a professional environment and offer any knowledge for them to succeed on their own.”
Alex continued, “I’m looking forward to contributing to the success of the team and doing whatever I have to do so. Selfless is a word I would like to be described as, and hard-working, like I’ve been for my previous club.”
Welcome to the Pack Alex!