The Chicago Hounds signed LaRome White for the 2023 Major League Rugby season after obtaining his signing rights in the 2022 MLR dispersal draft. The 28-year-old prop is 6’3″ and 260 lbs.
LaRome played 214 minutes in 11 matches for Austin Gilgronis in 2022 and played 256 minutes in 10 matches, starting once, and scored one try for the Gilgronis in 2021. He played 88 minutes in five matches, starting once, during the truncated 2020 season. He made 19 tackles, a 94.7% Made-Tackle Percentage, had 24 ruck arrivals, and one lineout take.
In 2019, he played 585 minutes in 12 matches and scored two tries. He carried 43 times for 215 meters, had 1 tackle break, 2 offloads, and made 89 tackles. Following the 2019 season, he played with Old Blue in the American Rugby Premiership. In 2018 he played 42 minutes in 4 matches, starting once, for the Seattle Seawolves.
In summary with Austin, he spent the last four seasons with the club. He played in 40 games and his career numbers include 100 carries for 559 meters gained (5.6 meters per carry) and three tries. Defensively, he is credited with 179 successful tackles on his 195 tackle attempts.
White grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and played football at Eastern High School, where he graduated in 2012. He was introduced to rugby by the Middletown Warriors in 2010 and continued with the sport when he went to the University of Louisville in 2012.
Initially, he played center his freshman year at the University of Louisville and then switched to prop his Sophomore year. His time in the backs was an asset as he ran through the defense and scored a try at the 2016 Derby City 7s. In the Summer of 2016, he went to South Africa and attended the Sharks Academy and honed his skills under the tutelage of the South African Springbok prop, Tendai Mtawarira.
White was invited to the 2017 AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Identification camp in January 2017 at Chula Vista Elite Training Center. He was also voted best in position for D1-AA by FloRugby.com.