The Houston SaberCats re-signed Dean Muir for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old hooker (34 in February) is 6’0″ and 230 lbs.
Dean played 1121 minutes in 16 starts for the SaberCats in 2022 and was the team’s captain.
He played 740 minutes, in 15 matches, starting 11, and scoring 3 tries for San Diego Legion in 2021.
He played 249 minutes in five games in 2020, four as a starter, and scored 3 tries. In 2019 played 666 minutes in 13 games, including the MLR Shield Championship, starting 10, and scored 2 tries.
Dean is from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and moved to San Diego from Cape Town. He attended Glenwood High School from 2002 to 2007 and the University of South Africa.
He played youth rugby with the Sharks from 2006-2008, playing with the Under-18s during Craven Week in 2006 and 2007. He played with the Under-19s in 2008. Four years later, he returned to the Sharks for the 2012 Vodacom Cup but did not enter a match against the Boland Cavaliers as a reserve.
During the 2010 season, he played with the TUT Vikings in the Varsity Cup, appearing 8 times. He then played in the Currie Cup during the 2013-2014 season with the Border Bulldogs, making 31 appearances and scoring 4 tries. In 2014 he also played with the UKZN Impi, making 10 appearances with 1 try.
Dean moved to the Valke (Falcons) from 2014-2016, playing 39 times with 4 tries. During the Fall 2016 season, Dean played in New York for Old Blue in the American Rugby Premiership. For the 2017-2018 season, he played with Western Province 18 times, scoring 4 tries. Later in 2018 he played with the Stormers 6 times and then in Japan for the Kintetsu Liners.
Dean is an experienced hooker who adds stability and experience to the front row. His addition along with other changes should bolster the team in set pieces.