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Major League Rugby Draft Class of 2023

August 25, 2022 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - NOLA Gold News Release


Help us welcome Sebastiano, Chase, Trent and Christian to the Gold!

"We are thrilled to welcome our 2023 Draft class to NOLA. All four of them have had outstanding growth throughout college and we are excited to help them launch their professional careers. We can't wait to get them down here this week and get to work."

-GM Ryan Fitzgerald

Sebastiano Villani

Round 1 Pick 2

School: St. Bonaventure University

Home Town: Parma, Italy

Position: Scrumhalf

Age: 22

Height: 5'9″ (1.75m)

Weight: 190lbs (86kg)

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Chase Jones

Round 1 Pick 6

School: Saint Mary's College

Home Town: Davis, California

Position: Lock / Blindside Flanker

Age: 23

Height: 6'4″ (1.94m)

Weight: 230lbs (105kg)

2017 High School All-American

2019 USA u20

2022 D1A Collegiate All-American (1st team)

Trent Rogers

Round 1 Pick 7

School: Kutztown University

Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio

Position: Tighthead Prop

Age: 22

Height: 6′ (1.83m)

Weight: 285lbs (130kg)

2017 High School All-American

2021 USA u23

Christian Olney

Round 3 Pick 27

School: Ohio State University

Home Town: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Position: Wing / Fullback

Age: 23

Height: 6'2″ (1.88m)

Weight: 200lbs (90kg)

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