The Utah Warriors signed Connor McLeod to a multi-year contract ahead of the 2023 MLR Season. The 25-year-old scrum-half (26 in June) is 5’8″ and 165 lbs.
Connor, who is from New Zealand, played for the Otago Under-19s, where he was named Back of the Year. He also represented New Zealand Universities, where he played in one match in both 2018 and in 2019. He made his Mitre 10 Cup debut for Otago in 2019 and played in 6 matches, starting once. From 2019 through 2022 he played for Hawke’s Bay in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship playing in 9 matches, starting once. He also played two seasons for the Hurricanes Development Team in Super Rugby, from 2020-21.
Utah Warriors Comments
“It was an easy decision when Greg Cooper and the Warriors approached me,” said McLeod. “I have heard great things about the Warriors organization, fan base, and the direction they are wanting to head. The opportunity to play professional rugby in a quickly developing league is exciting. I’m looking forward to experiencing a new team environment and lifestyle in the US.”
“It is always great to sign a player in a team decision-making role from an organization like Hawkes Bay, whose core values align to ours here at the Utah Warriors,” said Warriors’ General Manager Brandon Sparks. “Connor will be a great addition to our squad both for our performance and culture. Kudos to Greg [Cooper] and the coaching staff for putting in the hard work to find him.”
“The last 4 seasons in the NPC competition have helped me grow as a player,” said McLeod. “I am looking forward to adding my knowledge and skill set where I can at the Warriors.”
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