Old Glory DC re-signed Josh Brown for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old back row, who turns 34 in a couple of days, is 6’2″ and 245 lbs.
Josh played 439 minutes in 13 matches, starting 5, and scored 2 tries for Old Glory in 2021. He also was selected for the Old Glory Selects against the Philadelphia Rugby United this Fall, however, work obligations did allow for him to play. He also played with Rocky Gorge RFC.
Josh played 40 minutes in 2 regular-season matches during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 MLR season. During the 2019 exhibition season, he was the team’s captain and played against Rugby United New York.
Josh is from Willingboro, New Jersey, and lives in Columbia, Maryland. He attended Long Reach High School in Maryland and played football. He then attended Salisbury State University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He played rugby at the University for the Sharks and was the team captain for four years. He helped lead the team to three regional championships.
Josh played club rugby with Rocky Gorge and helped the team win USA Rugby Club National Division 2 Championships in 2012 and 2014. In the latter, he was named the Most Valuable Player. Josh has also represented the Capital Selects in 2016 against Stars Rugby XVs.
On December 1, 2018, Josh played professionally for the New England Free Jacks against Rugby United New York. His employment as a firefighter/paramedic in Anne Arundel County precluded his signing an extended contract with the team.
Signing with Old Glory DC allows Josh to be able to juggle his full-time job along with the demands of a professional rugby player.
Josh enjoys giving back to the community by promoting youth rugby. He has coached Howard County Hurricane-Express youth rugby for the last seven years, with the team winning the Maryland State Sevens Final in 2018. Many of his U19 players have gone on to play college rugby.
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“I just want to thank God, my family, and the 16th OG for the opportunity to work with this group again,” said Josh. “We’ve got a strong core of players from the last couple seasons returning and some great new talent with impressive backgrounds coming on board. I’ve learned a ton from my coaches and teammates these last few years, and I’m just looking forward to getting back to work with everyone and doing whatever I can do to contribute to Old Glory DC’s success!”
“Josh is a legend in this area and has huge respect amongst the Old Glory staff and players,” noted Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “He is a big, strong man who has given his all for Old Glory over the last three seasons. He was our Captain in our exhibition season and set that standard for others to follow. It’s great having him back for another season.”