Mike MacDonald (rugby union)

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Mike MacDonald
Date of birth (1980-11-27) November 27, 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Berkeley, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 270 lb (120 kg)
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–2004 University of California, Berkeley ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Worcester Warriors
Leeds Carnegie
(130) 26t
Correct as of February 6, 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–2012  United States 67 (30) 6t

Mike MacDonald (born November 27, 1980 in Berkeley, California, United States) is a retired rugby union footballer who formerly played for Leeds Carnegie in the RFU Championship and English Premiership. He played for the United States, and his usual position was at prop. Mike married former childhood classmate Mairin Grieb on January 11, 2014.

Youth and college[edit]

MacDonald began playing rugby during his sophomore year of high school in 1997. MacDonald graduated from Miramonte High School in 1999, and followed in the footsteps of his brother who also played rugby. MacDonald also excelled in wrestling and football, finishing 3rd in state wrestling during his senior year of High School.[1]

MacDonald would go on to win four rugby National Championships with the University of California, Berkeley; where he was named an All-American five times between 2000 and 2004, and following the 2004 national championship was named tournament MVP.[2]

Professional career[edit]

MacDonald has played professionally in England since 2005, first with the Worcester Warriors from 2005–06, and then with Leeds Carnegie from 2007–2012.[3] MacDonald was a key player for Leeds during the 2006-07 season which saw Leeds win National League One and gain promotion to the Premiership, with MacDonald scoring 10 tries that season, a remarkable scoring rate for a front-row player.[4] MacDonald was named Leeds' Player of the Season following the 2007-08 Premiership season, and was named captain for the 2008-09 season.[5] In June 2011 MacDonald renewed his contract with Leeds Carnegie for another two years.[6] In April 2012 MacDonald was released from Leeds.[7]

International career[edit]

MacDonald's debut for the United States was against Fiji on June 30, 2000.[8] MacDonald has represented the USA in three Rugby World Cups – 2003, 2007 and 2011. In the 2011 Rugby World Cup MacDonald broke two US records. MacDonald tallied his sixty-third cap, surpassing Luke Gross in becoming the USA's most capped player.[9] And MacDonald notched his 11th appearance in a Rugby World Cup match, breaking the record held by Alec Parker.[10] MacDonald was named Man of that Match following the US's win against Russia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup; MacDonald was key as the US scrum made Russia wilt under pressure and MacDonald was outstanding at the breakdown.[11]

In his spare time, MacDonald enjoys playing many sports.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USA Rugby, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ USA Rugby, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ ESPN Scrum, http://www.espnscrum.com/other/rugby/player/13457.html
  4. ^ ESPN Scrum, MacDonald signs new Leeds deal, June 6, 2007, http://www.espnscrum.com/other/rugby/story/70495.html
  5. ^ Universal Sports, Mike MacDonald Bio, http://www.universalsports.com/rugby/athletes/athlete=267557548/bio/index.html
  6. ^ ESPN Scrum, Hetherington admits Leeds mistakes, June 9, 2011, http://www.espnscrum.com/other/rugby/story/141302.html
  7. ^ "Veteran prop MacDonald heads Leeds Carnegie exodus". 
  8. ^ ESPN Scrum, http://www.espnscrum.com/other/rugby/player/13457.html
  9. ^ Rugby Mag, MacDonald on Cap Record, Ireland Game, September 9, 2011, http://rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1891:macdonald-on-cap-record-ireland-game&catid=39:usa-men&Itemid=194
  10. ^ Universal Sports, Mike MacDonald Bio, http://www.universalsports.com/rugby/athletes/athlete=267557548/bio/index.html
  11. ^ Rugby Week, America down Russia for first World Cup victory, September 15, 2011, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 

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