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Two Tennessee Players Are Selected During the 2022 Major League Rugby Draft

Two more Tennesseans join the American professional rugby landscape

Source: The Rugby Agents

On Thursday evening, Major League Rugby (MLR) held its annual collegiate draft. Franchises were looking to reboot their rosters with selections from 174 prospects.

Out of those prospects, two players from Tennessee were selected to begin their professional rugby careers.

Greg Janowick - University of Tennessee - Round 2 Pick #5

Greg Janowick was selected by the Utah Warriors with the fifth pick in the second round (#18 pick overall). Janowick is 6'5" and 260 lbs. and comes with impressive experience at the lock position. He played for the University of Tennessee where he won a national championship (2021) and was named 2020 Team MVP and 2021 SCRC Division 1 First Team.

"Greg is another player we’ve been tracking for the past 2 years,” Brandon Sparks, General Manager of the Warriors, told media after the draft. “If you watched Tennessee’s game against Bowling Green for the National Championship in the Fall you will understand he is more than just a big, tall rugby player. He came to Utah earlier this week for a pre-draft workout and we were impressed to see he had shed 30-pounds and transformed his body to be ready for the MLR environment. He did a great job learning from our coaches and players while here too. But the most impressive thing for us was how he is a student of the game. His scouting work of opposition and understanding of data applied to the game of rugby are traits we are passionate about with our players.”

Source: Utah Warriors Rugby

Janowick will do well in the Warriors organization that has been known to develop great American talent.

Oliver Kane - Hometown: Nashville, TN - Round 2 Pick #8

Oliver Kane was selected by the San Diego Legion in the second round with the eighth pick (#21 pick overall). Kane grew up in Tennessee playing for Father Ryan High School. He then played collegiate rugby at Spring Hill College and the University of San Diego. On both squads, he was named team captain for at least one season. He also received an invite to the USA rugby academy combine in 2022.

"We are thrilled to get Ollie onboard with Legion," Danny Lee, head coach of the Legion, told media after the draft. "He's coming off a great season with our own University of San Diego and is still growing as a Tight Head Prop, but we believe that our tutelage combined with his thirst for improvement will make him a talent to be reckoned with in the not-too-distant future."

Source: San Diego Legion

Kane will be a welcome player to the Legion, as the team looks to get back to the MLR Championship match.

Overall, the 2022 MLR Collegiate Draft was a success for Tennessee rugby. We look forward to seeing these two new professional players develop and take the pitch with their teams.


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