The Dallas Jackals signed Nate Lyon as a Development Player for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old flyhalf is 6’0″ and 190lbs.
Nate is from Redwood City, California, and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He played soccer, then concentrated on rugby while there. He was the team’s captain his senior year and was also named to the Northern California All-Stars Squad in 2016.
He then attended Boston College from 2016-2020 and played both rugby XVs and 7s for four years. He also helped the team win the Liberty Conference Championship. The team regularly played in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, as well as in the Jesuit Cup.
He spent the last year with the Austin Blacks and is excited to play professionally with the Dallas jackals.
Nate was signed in 2020 with the Jackals, but the postponement into the league allowed him to fulfill other commitments. The Dallas Jackals commented last year that he is “Different from other Jackals Development Players, and will be placed with the D1 Austin Blacks in Austin, TX.
“I’m honored and incredibly excited to join the Dallas squad, but I have a previous commitment to serve a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), a national volunteer program.” Through JVC, Nate will be working with The Arc of Texas, a non-profit that advocates for and protects the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “I’m excited to continue my development in Austin through the Jackals Development Program until I can fully join the Jackals in 2022,” said Nate.
Dallas Jackals Comments
GM Vassie – “Having first spoken with Nate during ‘20 draft prep, it’s great to formally welcome him to Dallas. An intelligent player who plays a fast-paced game, he’s spent the last year with Austin Blacks so quick thanks to Tané and team for his development there.”