Mar 1, 2023
Raised in Boston, Devin Ibañez was drawn to Ruby given its encouraging, inclusive and counterculture vibe compared to American football. His accomplishments include a gold medal for Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel, winning a 2018 D1 National Championship and moving abroad to play at the highest level. However, the more he success he found, the greater the struggle to be open about who he really was. A life-threatening injury changed his mindset on his relationship with rugby, the loss of a beloved pet opened his heart to the reality of isolation and the love of his partner all inspired him to become the first openly gay Major League Rugby player. As a Global Ambassador for International Gay Rugby (IGR), Devin hopes to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ athletes and make sport an inclusive space for them.