Houston SaberCats Signs Malon Al-Jiboori

The Houston SaberCats added Malon Al-Jiboori for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 24-year-old back-row is 6’3″, and 240 lbs.

Malon played 12 minutes in one match for San Diego Legion in 2021 and then signed a two-year contract with the Ealing Trailfinders in the United Kingdom.

Malon played with the Colorado Raptors during the 2019 MLR season. He played 627 minutes in 13 matches and scored two tries. He carried 97 times for 680 meters, had 2 linebreaks, 4 tackle breaks, 4 offloads, and made 103 tackles.

Malon played with the USA Falcons at the 2020 Fiji Coral Coast Sevens in January.

Malon is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa Union High school where he played football and began to play rugby when he was 16. He declined a football scholarship and attended Lindenwood University from 2015 -to 2017, where he continued to play rugby.

Malon had a breakout year in 2016. He made his test Eagles Sevens debut at the 2016 Singapore Sevens, in rugby 15s as captain for the USA MJAAs in the World Rugby U20 Trophy competition against Canada.  He then went to Australia during the Summer spending time training with the Super Rugby Brumbies and toured with the USA Collegiate All-Americans to Queensland. In the Fall, he was part of the USA Selects quad for the Americas Pacific Challenge.

In 2017 Malon played for the Eagles’ Sevens Development team in the Silicon Valley Sevens. In 2018 he played at the Dubai Sevens and then concentrated on rugby 15s making his Eagles XVs debut, scoring a try against Chile on February 15. He then returned to play in the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, as the team won the Cup Final for the first time on U.S. soil.

In 2018 he played one match for the San Diego Legion during the 2018 MLR season and played with the USA Selects in the Americas Pacific Challenge.

In rugby sevens action, he has played with the Denver Barbarians.

Malon also played for the USA Men’s National XVs team making his debut against Chile in the Americas Rugby Championship on February 17, 2018, and his latest of his six caps came in the 2019 Rugby World Cup against Tonga on October 13.

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