The Chicago Hounds signed Sidney Shoop for the 2023 Major League Rugby season after obtaining his signing rights in the 2022 MLR dispersal draft. The 22-year-old scrumhalf (23 in April) is 5’7″ and 175 lbs.
Sidney played 47 minutes in 6 matches and scored one try for Austin Gilgronis in 2022. He played 38 minutes in 4 matches for the Gilgronis in 2021. He then played with Seattle Rugby Club in the Rugby XV league during the Fall of 2021.
The Indiana native attended AC Reynolds High School in Asheville, North Carolina where he played football. He also traveled an hour to play rugby with South Greenville RFC in South Carolina. In 2017 he toured Northern Ireland with the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, after attending one of their training camps. The following year, he attended a second EIRA camp. He also attended a rugby camp at Furman University while playing with the Chapel Hill Highlanders.
In 2018 he was recruited by the University of Arizona and in 2019 attended the Rugby Americas North Combine at Glendale, Colorado. a North American U21 team was selected for the Aspen Ruggerfest.
During the 2019-2020 season, he played with Seattle RFC in the British Premier League and planned to go to New Zealand, before the pandemic changed his plans instead, playing with 404 Rugby ATL in the Fall of 2020.