NOLA Gold’s Andrew Guerra named MLR Rookie of the Year
Drafted 10th overall in the first-ever MLR Draft in 2020, Andrew Guerra has already made an impact at NOLA. Making 12 appearances in his debut season, the Chicago native led his team in tackles with 149 successful attempts, five of which were dominant.
Coming out of Notre Dame College, Guerra proved that hard work pays off with his performances in 2021. Playing at flanker, Guerra regularly secured the ball for his team in attack, arriving at 261 attacking rucks in order to keep his team on the front foot.
Having played sevens at college, he also showed his usefulness in attack with 112 carries of the ball, breaking 16 tackles, carrying for a total of 480 meters and yielding one try.
Due to his infallible work rate and desire, Guerra was rewarded with a call-up from Gary Gold to the USA Eagles squad that toured England and Ireland, winning his first cap against Ireland in Dublin.
At 23 years old, Guerra has been able to lean on the experiences of Cam Dolan, Dino Waldren and Kane Thompson at the Gold Mine, no doubt aiding him in his first year as a professional rugby player.
There is clearly more to come from Guerra, but as first seasons go, that one was quite the start.
Earlier this week Major League Rugby released the All-MLR team selections, overall Player of the Year, Forward of the Year, and Back of the Year.
About Major League Rugby
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season on March 20, 2021 and represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby, and download the MLR App on the App Store/Google Play.
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