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Calvin Gentry (Memphis) Makes MLR Debut

The 2021 MLR Collegiate #27 Draft Pick made his professional debut on February 19

On February 19, 2022, Calvin Gentry from Memphis, Tennessee made his professional rugby debut with Major League Rugby's Dallas Jackals.

Source: Calvin Gentry

Jackals Inaugural Home Match

Not only was this Gentry's first appearance after being drafted #27 overall in 2022, but the match was the Jackals' first home match in franchise history.

"It was an unreal feeling man," Gentry told MLR Tennessee about playing in front of the 3,000+ fans that showed up. "We definitely felt their energy."

Source: Dallas Jackals

Gentry entered the match in the second half to help the team close out their in-state rivals, the Houston Sabercats. He had two ball carries with an average gain of eight meters.

While the match ended in heartbreak, Gentry looked on the bright side. "My favorite part is being able to do what I love every single day with amazing athletes and rugby players from all over the world!" he said.

Source: Dallas Jackals

Journey Leading Up to Professional Rugby

Gentry was not always on a rugby path.

Growing up in Memphis, Gentry grew up in a rough part of town. When Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR) approached him to play rugby, his life was forever changed. He credits the sport for saving him from destructive life decisions.

Gentry flourished in his new sport. Since playing in high school, his accolades include being a two-time MVP in the MICR system, four selections to the Tennessee All-Star Tri-Stars 15s team, MVP of the USA Rugby South U19 team, a Junior All-American, a Collegiate All-American for Arkansas State, and a Collegiate All-American for the University of Memphis.

His superior skill on the pitch led the Dallas Jackals to select him in the 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft with the overall #27 pick. "I was full of gratitude, excited that I'd be able to continue playing rugby at the next level," he told MLR Tennessee about when he knew he had been drafted.

Source: Calvin Gentry

Gentry is now one of two Tennessee rugby players who has played this season on a MLR match day squad.

Gentry is slated again for today's matchup with the Utah Warriors. Be sure to watch him live for free on The Rugby Network at 2:00 PM EST.

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