The University of Mary Washington is bringing in 19 new players for the 2017-18 academic year, drawing athletes from five different countries. UMW has leveraged its allegiances with professional teams to draw in players from around the globe, but it has also attracted local talent.
Once again competing in the Chesapeake Conference, Mother's Rugby will look to improve on its 2016 campaign in which the team finished fourth in conference play with a 5-3 record. UMW will be able to field two full sides for fall 15s, and in the spring they will play both sevens and 15s.
Gordon stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 230 pounds; he enrolled at UMW in January. He will be an on- and off-field leader for UMW. He is from Aberdeen, Scotland, and has experience with Glasgow-area age-grade programs and was a leader at his school before transferring. UMW expects him to play No. 8 and could even use him in the backline due to his speed and handling.
Latzi BalintBalint has transferred to UMW after playing competitive collegiate lacrosse. He is from the Richmond Lions high school program and looked very good in spring workouts. His speed and overall athleticism should get him on the field and always create scoring opportunities anywhere in the backline.
Harry MastersMasters is entering to UMW from Brisbane Australia. He will be arriving as a junior and is a candidate to play scrumhalf, flyhalf, or fullback. He was recruited despite not having been seen live by coaches, but scouting reports label him as an excellent field general.
Tom WilliamsWilliams transfers from Northumbria University and played last year in the ultra-competitive BUCS competition. He can play hooker or flanker and actually spent some time this summer playing with Harry Masters in Australia. He brings another level of skill and experience to the field and is eager to dive right into American rugby.
Jordan SacksSacks honed his game at St Stithians in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was at Lindenwood where he played water polo, being a key part of their two national championship teams. A strong athlete, he can play a little rugby, too, and has solid credentials in that sport.
Daniel NorthwoodFrom Farnham Rugby Club outside London, Northwood and recently won the prestigious "Jonny Wilkinson Cup" awarded to the youth player the best embodies his large club's spirit on and off the field. He can play anywhere in the backline but has been focused in the centers. He is a hard runner and masterful with the ball in hand.
Bradlee NichollsLike Jordan Sacks, Nicholls is from St Stithians in South Africa and has been outstanding this summer playing for their local U19 side. He is very fast, winning regional sprint competitions, and playing multiple backline positions.
Jose ReyesReyes comes to UMW from Prince William Rugby in Northern Virginia and has been on the UMW radar for several years. He is always on the rugby field and will be a key contributor over the next four years. He is a true team leader and pushes himself and others to get better. The UMW coaching staff knows they can count on Reyes after seeing him in so many competitive high school games.
Alec CharoenthepCharoenthep is another exciting player from Prince William Rugby. He has advanced through their age grade programs and has a high rugby IQ. An athletic back, he can play throughout the backline and has tons of potential.
Jordan's brother, Michael Sacks is a graduate of Trinity High School in Richmond VA where he was a two-time all-state football player. He grew up in South Africa, attending St Stithians, and is a good decision-maker. He is also huge, standing 6-4, and weighing 235 pounds. He looks like a No. 8 or a prop, but will likely play in the interior backline, even flyhalf, due to his speed, passing, and kicking ability.