DALLAS JACKALS KEEP TELES IN TEXAS

Bronson Teles will continue his career with the Dallas Jackals in Major League Rugby. (Photo credits: Nikki Adams) 

Jun 15- Arizona was able to play a small part in US Rugby history on Saturday as Bronson Teles was selected by the Dallas Jackals in the first-ever Major League Rugby draft. 

The Jackals, one of two expansion franchises in the league, join the Los Angeles Giltinis to bring the league to 13 teams for its fourth season. Teles, a two-time All American and the 2020 Co-Player of the year in the PAC-12, heads to Dallas in a homecoming of sorts as the Houston native will be able to stay in his home state for the next step in his career.

"To be involved in the first ever Major League Rugby draft was already a milestone moment for me and something I'll never forget. To also say that I was drafted is still a surreal feeling. I have dreamt about moments like these and I absorbed every second of the process. It was a spectacular moment in my life and an extraordinary feeling to be with my family on the special day. I'm so thankful to Dallas for selecting me, and now it's time to work and make the most of this incredible opportunity" said Teles. 

"This is a great privilege for Bronson and we are thrilled to see him rewarded for his years of hard work. He's left an indelible mark on our team, our culture, and his teammates and we can't wait to see him take the next step. It's also been great to see the support from former Wildcats that are in the league like Ryan Matyas, Peter Tiberio, and Mason Pedersen who have reached out or offered to help our guys as they make that leap to professional competition" said Director of Rugby Sean Duffy. 

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