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Mount St. Mary's and Old Glory DC Rugby Announce Partnership

Communications Staff

Old Glory and Mount rugby coaches on Echo Field

Old Glory and Mount men's rugby coaches on the university's Echo Field. From left to right are Old Glory Assistant Coach Callum Gibbons, Old Glory Head Coach Andrew Douglas, Mount Men's Rugby Head Coach Jay Myles and Mount Men's Assistant Coach Kyle Powers.

Mount St. Mary's University and Old Glory DC announce a partnership for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. This relationship will offer leadership opportunities for Mount St. Mary’s students to ensure graduates are fully prepared for working in their chosen industries.

With this partnership, Mount St. Mary's University will be Old Glory DC's official partner in higher education, and Old Glory DC will provide several internship placement opportunities each year to support students with their studies.

“The Mount has long-established reputations for both academic excellence and as a collegiate rugby power,” observed Old Glory Chairman Chris Dunlavey. “A partnership like this, where we can align with the institution to pursue its mission and work together to grow rugby in our region—it’s perfect.”

Located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Mount St. Mary's University is a private, liberal arts Catholic university dedicated to inspiring students with a passion for learning to become ethical leaders who lead lives of significance in service to their community. John Nauright, dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business and Director of the Global Rugby Leadership Institute, believes that rugby is the ideal sport to lean on when it comes to career development.

"Rugby is a game that builds trust, leadership, teamwork and great decision-making skills," said Dean John Nauright. "All of those aspects are something that can really translate to career success, and one of those things we are really trying to connect is the values of rugby to leadership skills that can help people in their future careers no matter what that may be."

Looking ahead, Nauright also mentions that this partnership will lay the foundation for excellent development for rugby at the highest levels in the Mid-Atlantic. The Mount St. Mary’s men’s rugby team, established in 1973, won a national title in 2016’s National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) National Championship Tournament and a year later secured the 2017 Collegiate Challenge Cup Philly Division Championship. The team, led by Head Coach Jay Myles, now plays in the DI Chesapeake College Rugby Conference.

"I'm hoping that we will achieve tremendous growth for rugby in the region and awareness that Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas are a real hub for US rugby, particularly as we build up for likely hosts for the 2029 Women's Rugby World Cup and 2031 Men's Rugby World Cup," said Nauright. "With this partnership, we hope to raise awareness of rugby, build performance pathways from youth to college to professional, and embed ourselves effectively within our region through community programs."

Communications Staff