Austin Elite Rugby is excited to announce the signing of Backrower, Dylan Pieterse
ROUND ROCK (TX) – Austin Elite Rugby is excited to announce the signing of Dylan Pieterse from Johannesburg, South Africa. Pieterse had recently been with the Boland Cavaliers for the Supersport Challenge Cup before deciding to transition into Major League Rugby.
At just 11 years old, Pieterse began playing rugby for his school in Johannesburg. In 2011 he got the call up to represent the Golden Lion’s. In 2012 and 2013 he played for the KES first team. His size and agility on the pitch set him apart from most backrowers and in 2015 he got the call up for the Blue Bulls academy, but shortly was picked up by the Pumas U19 squad. That same year he was named “Pumas U19 Player of Year.” Pieterse was then rostered for the Pumas U21 side for the Provincial Championship in 2015.
In 2016 Pieterse moved to Australia to join the Perth-based Western Force’s Future Force program. There he was playing club rugby for Cottesloe in the Premier-Grade league in Western Australia. He made sixteen appearances amongst the competitions. Later he made a return home to South Africa to join the Eastern Province Kings for the 2016 Currie Cup. Since he has been playing with the Boland Cavilers.
Welcome, Dylan to the Lone Star State!
About Austin Elite Rugby
Austin Elite Rugby is a Professional Rugby team based in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, and we are excited to bring Professional Rugby to Central Texas. As a founding member of Major League Rugby, Austin Elite Rugby’s vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the US. With the embodiment of rugby’s core values of integrity, respect, discipline, and passion; AER will help educate, inspire and connect with the community of Austin, Texas. Creating a world-class experience for players and fans to enjoy the game.
The 2019 Major League Rugby season kicks off the weekend of January 26th and will span 19 weeks with home matches being played at the iconic Dell Diamond, a 13,000-seat stadium in Round Rock / North Austin.
About Major League Rugby
MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information, visit usmlr.com
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