Old Glory Sign New Zealand Sevens Legend Kurt Baker

December 9, 2022 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - Old Glory DC News Release

Kurt will join Old Glory in a player-coach role where he will assist in coaching the backs as well as play in the Fullback and Wing positions.

"We are really Happy to have Kurt on board." Said Old Glory DC Head Coach, Josh Syms. "He's a tenacious competitor and a student of the game with vast experience in both 15s and 7s. Kurt's experience will be invaluable for our developing players and provide the backs the coach they need to succeed."

Kurt's extensive career includes 53 International Test Tournaments, two New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year awards, two World Cup Sevens gold titles, a silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, two-time gold medal winners of the Commonwealth Games, and four first place titles with New Zealand in the World Sevens Series.

"To watch Kurt play is to understand what a 'fierce competitor' really is," said Old Glory Chairman Chris Dunlavey. "As a player, we're confident he'll bring a spark to Old Glory's game, and as a coach, we think he'll elevate both the attitude and the skills of our whole squad. We can't wait to see his effect on our culture."

In addition to his extensive sevens career, Kurt's senior club experience includes 22 appearances for Manawatu, 57 appearances with Taranaki where he went on to score 110 points with the club, 10 appearances with the Highlanders, and most recently made 12 appearances with Hawke's Bay where he helped the club win the Ranfurly Shield.

"I'm really excited to be joining Old Glory DC." Said Kurt. "DC is a passionate team who are motivated to win. I'm looking forward to this new challenge and opportunity to grow."

Join us in welcoming Kurt to Old Glory DC!



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