John Powers, a first-year wing for the Utah Warriors, is from Queens, New York. John grew up in a military family, moving around the world often. He picked up rugby at the age of 10 while living in the Philippines. When he was older, John played for the Florida Juice HS all-stars and won the northeast regional tournament, where many current MLR players and USA eagles got their start. John then attended Iona College and was a captain for the D1A rugby program, helping the team go from unranked to the top 20, keeping it there for five consecutive years.
John was drafted in the inaugural 2020 MLR draft and was picked as the 7th selection by the Warriors.