Former Foster High School and University of Arizona athlete Bronson Teles had a pretty good shot at staying close to home in the first ever collegiate Major League Rugby draft.
The Dallas Jackals and Austin Gilgronis had six picks in the top 24 picks of the draft.
But Teles had to wait until the final pick from a team in the Lone Star State to find a home in MLR.
Teles was picked No. 21 overall in the draft Saturday by the expansion Dallas Jackals.
Teles joins a Dallas draft class that includes Conner Mooneyham (No. 1 overall, Life University), Tommy Clark (No. 9, AIC) and Levi Van Lanen (No. 13, University of Wisconsin).
Teles leaves the Wildcats on a high note. While serving as a team captain in 2020, he was selected Pac-12 Conference Co-Player of the Year and was a nominee for the Rudy Scholz Award for national player of the year.
Bronson began playing rugby at 9 years old at Katy Barbarians Youth Rugby Club.
Teles was a three-time member of the Team USA U20 squad from 2016-2018. He was also a three-time member of the Team USA U18 squad from 2014-2016.
At Arizona, he was a second-team collegiate All-American in 2019.
Teles also was a three-time, first-team All-Pac-12 selection from 2018-2020 and second-team All-Pac-12 in 2017.
Teles joins a Jackals squad that will be starting its first campaign in the MLR in 2021.
The league was among the first professional sports league in the United States to cancel it entire season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The team was formally introduced June 5 and Globe Life Park in Arlington will serve as the team’s home stadium.
Dallas joins Austin and Houston with MLR teams located in Texas.
The Houston Sabercats did not have a selection in Saturday’s draft.
Allen Clarke will serve as head coach and director of rugby for Dallas.
Clarke has over 30 years of experience in Rugby including an international playing career with Ireland.