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Back Of The Year: Nate Augspurger, San Diego Legion

Written by Joe Harvey

After taking his team to the Championship Final for the first time in four seasons, San Diego Legion stalwart Nate Augspurger, is Major League Rugby’s Back of the Year in 2023.

Throughout the season, the 33-year-old was a constant threat to Danny Lee’s team and drove his team forward thanks to his elusive running and a decade’s experience in elite rugby.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as the Back of the Year,” Augspurger said. “These awards feel fleeting because there are so many quality performers throughout the entire season, so to have my name filled in as the ‘winner’ is humbling.

“My hat goes off to those also deserving of the award, and shoutout to my brothers at the Legion for serving it up all season.”

Just a look at the stats, and you can see why Augspurger pipped some of his peers to Back of the Year.

Among other things, he scored 11 tries in the regular season, ran for a league-high 1,859 meters, averaged 12 meters per carry, and beat some 48 defenders.

Augspurger would not be kept out in the playoffs, either. Scoring a brace of tries in the Championship Final, Augspurger’s potent threat was not enough to better the Free Jacks, who ultimately won 25-24 at SeatGeek Stadium.