The Houston SaberCats re-signed Emmanuel Albert, their first-round, and second pick in the 2021 MLR Collegiate draft, for the 2023 season. The 23-year-old lock/blindside flanker is 6’4″ and 240 lbs.
Emmanuel played 303 minutes in 13 matches, starting 1, and scored 1 try for the SaberCats in 2022. He also played for Rugby HTX, the team’s academy side this Fall.
Emmanuel is from Eagan, Minnesota, and attended Eagan High School. Before attending there, he played high school football and baseball. He played rugby and was on the wrestling team at Eagan. The rugby team toured England and Wales during his senior year.
He attended Lindenwood University from 2017 to 2021 and was a two-time National Sevens Champion, the 2021 Rugby Scholz winner, the best collegiate rugby player in the country, and a Lindenwood University Rugby Club MVP.
Emmanuel also played in the USA Club Sevens Nationals for Metropolis in 2018 and the St. Louis Bombers in 2021.