NOLA Gold will have Damian Stevens back for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old scrum-half, who can also play wing, is 5’6″ and 175 lbs.
Damian played 899 minutes in 14 matches, starting 13, and scored 48 points (4 tries, 11 conversions, 2 penalty goals) for NOLA Gold in 2022. He also played for the team’s Academy side in the Fall American Rugby Premiership and in the November international tests for Namibia. against Spain and Canada
Damian played 629 minutes in 16 matches, starting 5, and scored 32 points (1 try, 6 conversions, and 5 penalty goals) for NOLA Gold in 2021.
Damian was born in Walvis Bay, Namibia. He attended Walvis Bay High School and Hoër Jongenskool Paarl Boys’ High School. He played youth rugby with Western Province from 2013-2016 and was on the WP U19 squad in 2013. He also played for Namibia’s U16s in Grant Khomo Week.
In 2015 he played rugby for the University of the Western Cape, which is located in Bellville, near Cape Town, South Africa. He also made his Namibia National Team debut for the Welwitschias against Kenya on 8 August 2015. He made five Rugby World Cup appearances in 2015 and 2019 at the Rugby World Cup. After the November 2022 internationals, he has 34 caps.
Damian played for Western Province in 2016 and played in the Currie Cup. In 2017 he played for the Sharks XV in the South African Rugby Challenge. In 2018 he played for the Griquas and the Boland Cavaliers, before returning to the Sharks XV in 2019. In 2020 he played for the Olimpia Lions, located in Asunsión, Paraguay. The team had one exhibition season match and one regular-season match against Ceibos, a loss on 6 March 2020. He added a conversion in the team’s loss before the Súper Americana Liga de Rugby (SLAR) canceled their season due to COVID-19 concerns.
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