Friday, January 5, 2018

Hooley Brings Experience To The Eagles

One of the names to pop out of the Eagles ARC roster announcement was Will Hooley. The Bedford flyhalf gives the U.S. some options at flyhalf and he may even be able to slide out and play something like fullback. So who is he? Hooley was raised in Cambridge and came up through the English youth system. He was actually the starting flyhalf for England when they played the Junior All-Americans in the 2013 World Junior Championship scoring 22 points on 11 conversions. It's unclear if he qualifies for the U.S. on parentage or if he was born in the United States.

The 24 year old first started off his club career with Northampton. In total he made seven appearances for the team over two seasons. Five of those were in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, one was in the Premiership, and one was in the European Challenge Cup. During those two seasons he also spent time with Birmingham Mosley in the RFU Championship making eight appearances in each season. After his stint with Northampton he moved to Exeter for two years. In those seasons he made 12 appearances. Five came in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, five in the Premiership, and two in the European Champions Cup. He also made many reserve appearances for Northampton and Exeter. This last season he made the move to Bedford in the RFU Championship where he has been a regular presence.

1 comment:

  1. Confirmed by Bedford Blues interview to the player that Hooley qualifies through his grandmother born and raised in Hollywood, California.