The Chicago Hounds signed Charlie Abel for the 2023 Major League Rugby season after obtaining his signing rights in the 2022 MLR dispersal draft. The 30-year-old tighthead prop, although he can play anywhere in the front row (31 in January) is 6’0″ and 260 lbs.
Charlie played 786 minutes in 15 matches, starting 8, scoring one try, and carrying 74 times for 390 meters (5.3 meters per carry). He had three line breaks with 11 defenders beaten, made 113 tackles on 132 attempts, and had three breakdown steals for the LA Giltinis in 2022.
In 2021 he played 1067 minutes in 16 matches, starting 14, and scored one try for the Giltinis. He had a pair of line breaks and six defenders beaten, making 142 tackles, and carrying the ball 81 times for 364 meters (4.5 MPC)., and was an All-MLR honorable mention.
Charlie attended St Edmunds College – Canberra where he played rugby. He comes from a rugby family, whose brothers and cousins played with the Easts in 2016. His father also was a team manager with the ACT Brumbies.
In 2016/2017 Charlie played in France with CS Beaune. In 2017/2018 he played with the Manly Marlins in the NSW Shute Shield, in 2018/2019 with NSW Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championship, and with Gordon in the Shute Shield. In 2019/2020 he continued with Gordon, winning the Shute Shield. He also played with the Sydney Rays, trained with the Waratahs in 2020, and signed with the Melbourne Rebels for Super Rugby Australia.