The Dallas Jackals have added Danny Carlton for the remainder of the 2022 Major League Rugby season with injuries plaguing the team this season. The 33-year-old scrumhalf was part of the coaching staff of the Dallas Harlequins since 2018, first as the Attack and Performance Analyst and then as the Head Coach. He has been training with the Jackals for the last six weeks.
Danny may make his MLR debut against the Toronto Arrows, but a context is important when looking at the changing Jackals squad. Complicating the squad decision General MAnager Elaine Vassie said that “6 players can’t travel because they are not vaccinated and 5 either don’t have passports or they are expired, and one foreign player does not have the right visa to enter Canada. Another player has work conflicts along with concerns over possible quarantine period of testing in Canada.”
He has had extensive coaching and playing experience. His playing career included time with the Cheshire XV (Bill Beaumont County Championship), Cheshire U19s 7s, Cheshire U20s, Sale Sharks U21s, Sale Jets (Aviva A-League), English clubs Manchester Rugby Club and Fylde RFC, as well as time in Italy with A.A. Gran Sasso and DAK Rugby Mantova. In the United States, he played with Griffins Rugby and the Dallas Harlequins.
His professional coaching experience included being the Scottish Rugby Union Academy/Performance Pathways Coach, the Griffins Attack & Skills Coach, DAK Rugby Mantova Assistant Coach, Manchester Village Spartans RFC head Coach, Shane Williams Rugby Academy Head Coach, Sale Sharks Rugby ID Camps Head Coach, and the Community Development Officier for the Sale Sharks.
Danny has worked with Dallas Jackals General Manager Elaine Vassie for many years as a coach and as a player and is her husband.
Danny’s role with the Dallas Harlequins appears to have changed but this was his most recent available rugby photo from 2020.