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Andrew Guerra Named Rookie of the Year

August 12, 2021 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - NOLA Gold News Release

Congratulations Andrew for being selected as the 2021 MLR Rookie of the Year and re-signing with the Gold through 2024!

Drafted 10th overall in the first-ever MLR Draft in 2020, Andrew Guerra has already made an impact at NOLA. Making 12 appearances in his debut season, the Chicago native led his team in tackles with 149 successful attempts, five of which were dominant.

Coming out of Notre Dame College, Guerra proved that hard work pays off with his performances in 2021. Playing at flanker, Guerra regularly secured the ball for his team in attack, arriving at 261 attacking rucks in order to keep his team on the front foot.

Having played sevens at college, he also showed his usefulness in attack with 112 carries of the ball, breaking 16 tackles, carrying for a total of 480 meters and yielding one try.

Due to his infallible work rate and desire, Guerra was rewarded with a call-up from Gary Gold to the USA Eagles squad that toured England and Ireland, winning his first cap against Ireland in Dublin.

At 23 years old, Guerra has been able to lean on the experiences of Cam Dolan, Dino Waldren and Kane Thompson at the Gold Mine, no doubt aiding him in his first year as a professional rugby player.

There is clearly more to come from Guerra, but as first seasons go, that one was quite the start.

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