Acquired via trade in October 2021, Baillie, 30, returns home to Canada after spending three seasons with the Gold. Widely regarded as one of the top lineout jumpers in North American rugby, Baillie has made 20 appearances for NOLA since debuting for the American club in 2019, including featuring in eight contests throughout 2021 while serving as the Gold’s captain.
Last season, the Summerside, P.E.I. native racked up 39 tackles (92.9% completion), 163 carry metres on 39 carries, 145 ruck arrivals, 24 lineout takes, three offloads, two tackle breaks, and two lineout steals while leading his side to a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference.
The 6’5”, 245lb forward has collected 34 caps for Canada since making his international debut against the United States in February 2016, including featuring at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Baillie has developed into a regular selection for Canada, notably captaining his nation against Fiji during the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup. He was named Rugby Canada’s Canadian Shield winner in 2018, an award bestowed upon him by his national team teammates.
Having played club rugby from coast to coast in Canada, Baillie’s overseas career began in Australia with Shute Shield side Eastern Suburbs in 2015. He later played professionally in England, first as a trialist with Saracens in 2017, and later with London Scottish throughout the RFU Championship’s 2017-2018 season.
Baillie is a graduate of the Atlantic Rock senior men’s provincial program, and played his grassroots rugby with the Castaway Wanderers (British Columbia), St. Albert (Alberta) and Halifax Tars (Nova Scotia).
Updated: Dec. 22, 2021
|Position||Lock / Flanker|
|Grassroots Club||Tars, Castaway Wanderers|