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STATE ALUMNI

Notable Rugby Players with Connections to Tennessee

Tommy Seymour

Tommy Seymour

Birthplace: Nashville

Made 55 appearances for the Scottish National Team with 20 tries (the fourth-top try scorer for Scotland). Played in both the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Hanno Dirksen

Hanno Dirksen

Hometown: Nashville

Current player for MLR's NOLA Gold Franchise. He played for the USA U17 and U18 national rugby teams as well as the Ospreys in Wales.

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Greg Janowick

Greg Janowick

College: University of Tennessee

Taken with the #18 overall pick in the 2022 MLR Draft by the Utah Warriors. Won the 2021 USA Div. I Collegiate Club Rugby National Championship

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Devin Vaughter

Devin Vaughter

Hometown: Murfreesboro

Played for MLR's former franchise, the Glendale Raptors from 2018-2019. He attended Father Ryan High School and Middle Tennessee State University.

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Donovan Norphlet

Donovan Norphlet

Hometown: Memphis

Plays with the Premier Rugby Sevens USA League for the Headliners. He played collegiate rugby at Life University.

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Kaitlyn Broughton

Kaitlyn Broughton

Hometown: Murfreesboro

Was a Collegiate All-American in 7s and 15s from 2015-2017. She received her first cap as a USA Eagle in 2018.

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McKenzie Hawkins

McKenzie Hawkins

Hometown: Maryville

Was a Collegiate All-American, Junior All-American, and High School All-American. She is also a capped Eagle.

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Oliver Kane

Oliver Kane

Hometown: Nashville

Taken with the #21 overall pick in the 2022 MLR Draft by the San Diego Legion. First team All-Conference in the Gold Coast Conference

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Ethan Scott

Ethan Scott

Hometown: Memphis

Taken with the #29 overall pick in the 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft by the Seattle Seawolves. Played collegiate rugby at the University of Memphis.

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Griffen Palmer

Griffen Palmer

Residence: Nashville

Winner of NBC's "Songland" in 2020, he relocated to Nashville to pursue his music career. He played rugby for Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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Harley Wheeler

Harley Wheeler

Hometown: Knoxville

Current player for MLR's NOLA Gold franchise with experience playing for Rugby ATL. He was a 1st Team Collegiate All-American in 7s & 15s (2018-2019) and led Life University to three national championships.

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Ashley Perry

Ashley Perry

Hometown: Nashville

Played for the USA Eagles Sevens Team in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in 2016-2017. Before her international caps, she helped win a Club 7s national championship for the American Rugby Pro Training Center.

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Calvin Gentry

Calvin Gentry

Hometown: Memphis

Taken with the #27 overall pick in the 2021 MLR Collegiate Draft by the Dallas Jackals. He played for Arkansas State, University of Memphis, and the Headliners (Premier Rugby Sevens League).

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Peter Tiberio

Peter Tiberio

Residence: Nashville

Played with MLR's Seattle Seawolves from 2018-2020. He was a former College All-American, College 7s Player of the Year, and USA Eagles Sevens Player.

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