David Washington – an American Local Hero
Picture courtesy of Allene Rachal. Story courtesy of Brian Lowe
David Washington is a former rugby union player who switched to playing rugby league in 2016. He debuted with the Jacksonville Axemen in the USARL South Conference as a winger. In the 2018 season he was the team's leading try-scorer as the Axemen progressed towards a national championship win.
His performances in 2018 earned him a call up to the national USA Hawks team for the first time. He made his international debut in the Americas Championship which was also a part of the RLWC2021 qualification competition.
David had another stellar season in 2019 in which Jacksonville got back to the national title game, although they lost to the Brooklyn Kings. However, his performances were good enough to get him into the “big league’ with selection for the Hawks in the International Rugby League World Cup 9s which was held in Sydney, Australia in October 2019. It was the first time that David was able to pit himself against the giants of Southern hemisphere rugby league, New Zealand and Australia.
“If I had to sum up my experience over the past 2 years, it would be ‘excited!’
"I've played with and against so many talented players and every game has provided a new challenge and enjoyment to be a part of rugby league.
"It's the moments when I look at my teammates and the opponent across from me and I see that everyone has the determination to execute the game plan to come out victorious."
With the 2020 USARL Season suspended due to the current Covid-19 crisis, fans will need to wait a little longer to see David on the field again – but the wait will be worth it.
He is without doubt, one of the great emerging talents in the world of rugby league.