Dallas Jackals signed Tayé Olagunju as a Development Player for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old prop (25 in May) is 5’11” and 250 lbs.
Tayé was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Kennesaw, Georgia, where he attended Kennesaw Mountain High School. He wrested, played football, and was involved with the shot put and discus on the track and field team. His senior year he began playing rugby with Norseman U19s.
After graduation, he attended the University of Georgia, graduating with a degree in Biological Engineering. He declared for the recent 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft, but after not being drafted, signed as a free agent with the Dallas Jackals.
Tayé also played rugby with the USA Rugby South Panthers U23s, the Gainesville Spartans, Gwinnett Lions, and Athens Eagles.
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Elaine Vassie, Jackals GM, said, “Having only commenced playing his senior year, we were impressed with both the progress Tayé had made in a relatively short time in the game, as well as his commitment to continual self-development. Recently as a member of the USA South U23 squad, he’s demonstrated both his mobility around the park as well as his scrummaging. We’re confident with Taye’s work ethic and the support of our program, there’s a bright future ahead.”
Outside of rugby, he enjoys cooking, baking, playing video games, listening to music, and spending time with his Boxer/Hound Mix Shadow. With Nigerian roots, Olagunju has a twin brother and two younger sisters.
Determined and humbled by this opportunity, Olagunju said, “Earning the opportunity to join the Jackals is a dream come true! I have always pushed myself to play at the highest level so this is a validation of the countless hours of fieldwork and film study I have put in over the last few years. Joining the Jackals will give me the opportunity to train with some of the best coaches and players in the world and will help me to improve as a player.”
He continued, “I hope to learn as much as I can and continue to get better every single day. I am also looking forward to being close to family and friends that live in Texas and enjoying some of the museums and natural attractions of the city.”
Welcome to the Pack Tayé!