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The Chicago Hounds have their first player in franchise history. Center Bryce Campbell signed with the Hounds on Friday after being selected in the Major League Rugby expansion draft in November.

“Coming to a city with such a rich rugby history couldn’t be more exciting,” Campbell said in a release. “I played my first game for the US Eagles in the stadium that will be our home (SeatGeek Stadium), so it really is a special place to me.”

Campbell (6-foot-2 and 235 pounds) spent the last two seasons captaining the Austin Gilgronis under current Hounds coach Sam Harris. Campbell scored two tries with three clean line breaks and had 144 tackles (11 dominant) across 15 starts and 1,136 minutes this past season.

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Campbell earned 2021 All-MLR Honorable Mention honors with Austin. He had one try with 106 tackles (two dominant) in 14 matches across 1,074 minutes.

Prior to Austin, the Indianapolis native spent two seasons with the London Irish in England's Premiership. He helped the Glendale Raptors advance to the MLR's inaugural championship final in 2018. The Indiana University alum is a 2017 Rudy Scholz Award winner as the best collegiate rugby player and a two-time All-American.

Internationally, Bryce Campbell has earned 44 caps for the U.S. Eagles men's national team, including at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He has eight tries for the Eagles.

“Having friends and family so close is an added bonus too,” Campbell said. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running. The management team has been able to put together an extremely talented roster. It’s going to be a big year for us in Chicago.”