San Diego Legion obtained Marcel Brache from Austin Gilgronis in exchange for salary cap space for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. Marcel, who turns 35 years old this week, plays center/wing/fullback and is 6’3″ and 205 lbs.
Marcel played in 13 matches, starting 12, for Austin Gilgronis during the 2022 MLR season. He is currently in South Africa with the USA National Team before traveling to Dubai for the World Rugby Repechage tournament to decide the last team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Marcel was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in South Africa. He attended Rondebosch Boys High School and then the University of Cape Town, where he played for /UCT Ikey Tigers in 2010-2011 in the Varsity Cup.
From 2010-2013 he played with Western Province in both the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competitions, and in 2012 he made one Super Rugby appearance with the Stormers.
His rugby journey took him to Perth, Australia in 2014, where he played for the Perth Spirit from 2014-2017. He also played for Western Force from 2014-2021, making 58 appearances.
From 2015-2019 he enrolled at the University of Notre Dame Australia and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media, Journalism.
Marcel has played with the USA Men’s National XVs Team (USA Eagle #503) since his debut against Tonga at San Sebastian on November 19, 2016. He started all four matches in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. He has 30 caps and should earn more, as he moves to the World Rugby Repechage tournament in November for the last remaining spot for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
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“Bryce Campbell, Will Magie, and Ruben de Haas spoke highly of the environment and ambitions within the squad and then Coach Sam Harris made me optimistic and excited about the move to Austin,” says Brache. “Austin looks to be a place that’s wanting to garner success, be a championship-winning side, and they’re also wanting to be a unique, global franchise and world-class organization that can compete with the best in the world – I’m just excited to be a part of it.”
AG Rugby Head Coach Sam Harris feels Brache’s signing will be a huge coup for the organization. “We’re delighted to bring Marcel into the AG family, He is a quality player that affords us flexibility in the outside backs,” says Harris. “His experience over the last 8 seasons in Australia and on the international stage with the Eagles have him coming from a different angle to most American players. He will only add to the group of outstanding young men we already have at AG rugby.”
Brache joins an AG team excited to reload and make another push at the MLR Shield. The squad fell just a match short of the playoffs last season and is hoping Brache’s addition can help put the team over the top.
“My job first and foremost is a rugby player and I look to build on the established standard of success by competing every day, and on top of that I think I can be a supporting character to the younger guys on the team and in the local rugby community,” says Brache.
Welcome to the AG family, Marcel Brache!