Ethan Parkins signed with the senior Hounds team prior to the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The flanker first appeared for the Hounds Academy during the 2023 fall season.
Parkins immediately stood out during the inaugural academy season and Chicago’s Head of Player Operations, Will Magie, noted that “he has a big future.” The hard-nosed flanker started all three contests for the Academy, captaining the last two games against San Diego and Toronto. He was honored as the Academy Player of the Year for his impressive performances.
Parkins is a Loughborough University product that holds an American passport. Last year, the flanker appeared for the Worcester Warriors in a Premiership Cup contest against Gloucester.
At just 20-years-old, the flanker becomes the youngest player in the Hounds 2024 Major League Rugby squad.