Dan Lyle

Dan Lyle
USA Rugby Eagle Profile
Eagle No.237
BornSeptember 28, 1970
HometownLouisville, KY
PositionNumber 8
Height6'5"
Weight252
Club Retired
Caps XV: 45
College Virginia Military Institute
Previous Clubs

After turning down a contract with the Minnesota Vikings NFL side, Dan Lyle took up rugby to keep fit. International recognition followed soon after, his Eagles debut coming in a 26-15 loss to Ireland at Lansdowne Road while he was representing Old Mission Beach Athletic Club.

In 1996 he joined Bath, helping them to the Heineken Cup in 1998. A quick, powerful No.8, Lyle was rightly regarded as one of the finest No.8s in world rugby despite his lack of success at international level.

He first captained the U.S. squad in a match against Japan in June 1996, in the Pacific Rim tournament. He also led the U.S. sevens team to victory in the bowl competition at the Hong Kong Sevens in 1997. Lyle captained the team at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Lyle appeared for the United States in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and retired from international play in 2003. Through his national team career, Lyle earned 45 caps for his country, and captained his side in 24 matches, including 11 wins in those matches (at the time a record for the most wins all-time by any U.S. captain; that record has since been broken by Todd Clever).

After leaving Bath he enjoyed a spell with Leicester Tigers, eventually retiring from the game following the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He became heavily involved in US rugby as tournament director of the USA Sevens.

Lyle was inducted into the USA Rugby Hall of Fame on June 4, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA.


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