Chicago Hounds Signs Luke Beauchamp

The Chicago Hounds signed Luke Beauchamp for the 2023 Major League Rugby season, after obtaining his signing right in the 2022 MLR dispersal draft. The 30-year-old flanker is 6’3″, and 235 lbs.

Lukehas 42 career MLR appearances with 2,885 minutes played. Over the course of his four year career, he’s been credited with 454 tackles on his 493 attempts. He totaled over 1,350 meters on his 267 career carries (5.1 MPC) with a pair of line breaks and seven defenders beaten. Since MLR started tracking breakdown steals in 2020, he’s been credited with eight.

Luke played 479 minutes in 10 matches, starting 6, and scored one try for Austin Gilgronis in 2022.

Luke played with the Houston SaberCats for three years. He was the captain during the 2021 MLR season, playing 840 minutes in his 11 starts. During the truncated 2020 MLR season, he started four matches and appeared in a fifth as a reserve. In 2019 he played 1207 minutes in the team’s 16 matches. He carried 116 times for 670 meters, had 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, and 2 offloads, and made 209 tackles.

Luke is from Brisbane, Australia, and plays back row. He played for Queensland School Boys in 2009 and Marist Brothers Ashgrove as captain. The school is known for producing several national team players for Australia. In 2011 he represented Australia on the Under-19s side and has played with the Brothers Premier Rugby team since 2012.

In 2012 he played in a trial match with the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby side against the Blues and then spent time with the Melbourne Rising 2nd XV.

In 2014 he represented Queensland Country, earning one cap, and played briefly in the NRC with the Queensland Reds 2nd XV. He spent most of his time in the NRC with Brisbane City beginning in 2014 through 2016.

In 2017, he had to take the year off from rugby due to a knee injury and the time needed for rehabilitation. In 2018 he came back strong with the Brothers Premier Rugby team, captaining the team. He has made over 100 appearances with the team.

Luke was an impact player with the team during the 2019 and 2020 Major League Rugby seasons and expects to be again in 2021.

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