Sebastian Kalm Commits to Austin Elite Rugby for the 2019 Major League Rugby Season
ROUND ROCK (TX) – Sebastian Kalm from Santiago, Chile will be joining Austin Elite Rugby here in the Capital of Texas for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The versatile No. 8 has been playing rugby since he was a youngster but began dreaming of a professional career the moment he came overseas to Lindenwood University. After many All-American call-ups and leading Lindenwood University to their first national championship as captain, Kalm was the first, of many Lindenwood players to sign a professional contract. In 2016 Kalm signed with Pro Rugby’s Ohio Aviators where he started in every match, scored the second most try’s in the league, and was named League MVP.
Kalm then went on to play with the Kansas City Blues, 1823 Rugby, and Old Blue in New York. And again, he entered a professional contract with NOLA Gold for the inaugural season of Major League Rugby. Kalm hit the pitch only three times before suffering a neck injury which cost him the remainder of his season.
“There is always a sense of nervousness coming back from a more serious injury, like mine. Injuries are always a process both physically and mentally, with the ups and downs, but it’s a part of the job. You work hard, you heal, and you come back better; that is what gets me up every day. I’m blessed and very thankful for Austin Elite Rugby opening their doors, trusting and allowing me to keep expressing myself. We have a lot of work to do and we’re all about fighting through every second of it.” – Sebastian Kalm
Luckily, Kalm has made a vast and healthy return to Major League Rugby and we’re thrilled to have him here in Austin. Known for his green scrum cap, Kalm is a force on and off the field and Head Coach Alain Hyardet is excited to have him join our forward pack for the 2019 season.
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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