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Alexander Clegg

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Alexander Clegg
Personal information
National teamFinland
Washington D.C., USA
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
PositionScrum Half
University teamUniversity of Mary Washington
TeamNorthern Virginia Rugby Club, RC Praga, Westside Ronins, Lake County Rugby Football Club, Rappahannock Rugby Football Club

Alexander William Clegg (born November 10, 1994) is a Finnish-American rugby union player who plays as a scrum-half for the Finland national rugby union team[1].

Early Life[edit]

Alex Clegg was born in Washington D.C. on November 10, 1994 to Andrew Clegg and Kristin Clegg (nee. Campbell). Alex attended Washington-Lee High School from 2008-2013 where he was a three-sport athlete, competing in football, indoor track & field, and lacrosse. Alex also was a part of Boy Scouts of America Troop 111, based in Arlington, VA and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Alex has a younger brother, Maxwell Clegg.

Collegiate Career[edit]

Alex Clegg attended the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA from 2013-2017. Clegg joined the University of Mary Washington's Men's Rugby team (nicknamed Mother's Rugby) during his freshman year after quitting the school's lacrosse team. During Clegg's time as a member of the Mother's Rugby team, the team rose from NSCRO DIII level competition to DIAA, playing in the Chesapeake Conference of the men's collegiate division. Other schools in this division included Georgetown University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic University, University of Maryland, Mount St. Mary's University, James Madison University, Towson University, and Salisbury University[2].

Clegg held captain status from 2014-2017, and was also selected as the team's match secretary. Clegg was named one of the top DII rugby players in 2015, by Goff Rugby Report[3].

Club Career[edit]

During Clegg's time at the University of Mary Washington, Clegg played rugby sevens with Northern Virginia Rugby Club, a premier club located in the Washington D.C. metro area. Clegg played in four (4) tournaments with NOVA, and scored five (5) tries. While Clegg was abroad, Clegg also played in one match with RC Praga, a top division team located in Prague, Czech Republic.

From 2017-2021, after graduating from the University of Mary Washington, Clegg moved out to Seattle, WA where he played rugby sevens with the Westside Ronins, and rugby union with the University of Washington, playing in two (2) tournaments and one (1) match respectively. In 2019, after graduating graduate school from the University of Washington, Clegg later moved to Chicago, IL. Clegg had intended to play rugby union with Lake County R.F.C., but was unable to due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, Clegg moved to Fredericksburg, VA and is now playing rugby union and rugby sevens for Rappahannock R.F.C..

Finnish Career[edit]

Though born in the United States, Alex Clegg was eligible to represent Finland due to his grandmother being a Finnish Citizen. In 2016, Clegg was selected by the Finland national rugby union team to represent them. Clegg earned his first international cap in 2016 against Bulgaria, leading the team to a 24-13 victory[4].

Clegg earned two more starts in his career, competing against Norway and Denmark. Clegg started at scrum-half in all three games.

Against[5] Score Result
Bulgaria 24-13 Win
Norway 31-48 Loss
Denmark 5-53 Loss


  1. "Alex Clegg, Scrum-Half". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Chesapeake Collegiate Rugby Conference". Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  3. "Top DII College Players of the Fall". Goff Rugby Report. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  4. "Suomen Rugbyliitto - Miesten 15-maajoukkue". Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  5. "Suomen Rugbyliitto - Miesten 15-maajoukkue". Retrieved 2021-05-21.

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