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Major League Rugby's Old Glory DC Signs New Head Coach

D.C.'s professional rugby team has a new head coach


After a worldwide search, Old Glory DC has hired Josh Syms to be their new head coach.


“When we embarked on the recruitment of a new head coach, we committed ourselves to meeting the world-class standard that we know it will take to succeed in MLR over the next few years,” said Old Glory Chairman Chris Dunlavey in a press release. “This was truly a global search, in which we left no stone unturned. Although it’s been a long journey, we’ve arrived at the end finding a unique up-and-coming talent in the world of rugby coaching. Old Glory fans should feel very excited to look forward to the Josh Syms era.”


Syms is coming to his new role from the Hawke's Bay Magpies, a top tier team in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship (NPC), where he was assistant coach then head coach.


Old Glory DC Rugby Welcomes New Head Coach: Josh Syms
Source: Old Glory DC

Coach Syms expressed his excitement to lead a Major League Rugby (MLR) squad. "I am really excited to be joining the Old Glory family," Syms said in a press release. "I can't wait to get into work and start creating a team that not only plays an exciting brand of rugby, but also represents our region and fans."


Syms will be coming in to help DC regain their winning culture. The team exploded with a 4-0-1 record in their first season before the league cancelled the rest of the matches due to COVID-19. In 2021, they went 6-9-1 and then 3-13-0 in 2022. Old Glory has never made the playoffs.


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