The Utah Warriors sign former BYU star and All-American Joshua Whippy
Salt Lake City, December 14, 2017: The Utah Warriors are proud to announce the signing of former BYU star and All-American Joshua Whippy.
“I’m just really grateful for this opportunity. It’s not every day that you get to be a part of building a brand new professional team. It’s very exciting!” said Whippy. “Major League Rugby is doing some big things and I’m excited to develop my talents by competing against the best players in America. I’ve been fortunate to have success at United, BYU and with the Utah Select 7s, but this opportunity to represent Utah as a professional is something I’ve been looking forward to”.
Whippy grew up in Fiji, and moved to New Zealand to play both basketball and rugby at Rangitoto College, and Church College of New Zealand. In his senior year, Josh spent a season in Utah with United, helping them win their first National Championship beating Highland in 2010.
“I’m just really grateful for this opportunity. It’s not everyday that you get to be a part of building a brand new professional team. It’s very exciting!”
The following year Whippy joined BYU’s squad, but his freshman season was cut short with injury. After serving a 2-year service mission, Josh returned to BYU and was a stand out performer in many of their National Championships, receiving All-American honors.
Most recently, Josh has been a part of the Utah Select 7s team that won back to back National Club 7s titles and was named team MVP for the 2017 season. On the back of a stand out season, Josh went on tour with the U.S Men’s Select side to Uruguay and earned selection to the Eagles tour to Germany.
“Josh is a huge asset to our team,” said Warriors Head Coach Alf Daniels. “ He has great leadership and work ethic, which was on full display at our combine. Josh also has that X-factor in the midfield and back 3 which could be a game changer for us”.
We are proud to have Joshua Whippy stand with us as a Utah Warrior.
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