Rugby New York added Ishmail Shabazz for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old center is 5’10” and 215 lbs.
Ishmail is from Portland, Oregon, and attended Central Catholic High School where he played football as a wide receiver and cornerback, and also played baseball.
He attended the University of Oregon from 2015 to 2019, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Crime, Law and Society. He also began playing with the UO Men’s rugby team in 2016 and was the MVP for the 2016-2017 season, as well as in 2018-2019.
After recovering from a knee injury his senior year, he traveled to New Zealand and played for Te Awamutu Sports Rugby Club in 2020 and 2021. During Fall 2021 he played for Pathway 404, Rugby ATL’s Academy team.