John Dupree was selcted in the 2022 MLR Draft by Utah. A back row player out of Central Washington University, Dupree is a native of Lincoln, California, where he played rugby for Del Oro High School, earning the honor as a Sac Valley All-Star. Dupree becomes the fourth player selected by the Warriors to have appeared in the inaugural Collegiate Rugby Shield, playing alongside Sam Buckley with the Canyons team in the summer 2022.
“John is another find that came as a result of the Collegiate Rugby Shield,” said Sparks. “He has a coveted skill set as a flanker who is able to win contact and create turnovers at the tackle and breakdown area. We were incredibly surprised to see him in Round Three and felt strongly enough about him that we traded back into the Third Round to grab him. Most importantly, John is a high character young man who possesses a strong work ethic, which is a staple of a Utah Warrior.”