Michael Baska

The scrumhalf returned to Major League Rugby in 2023 after spending the 2022 season with Rouen Normandie in the French Pro D2 league.

After primarily featuring as a scrumhalf for the majority of the 2023 season, Baska transitioned into a versatile chess piece towards the back end of the campaign. He appeared off of the bench at wing in the Hounds’ Week 17 win over the Utah Warriors and then started on the wing in the Week 18 win over the Dallas Jackals. That versatility is expected to be on display throughout the 2024 season as well.

Baska appeared in all 16 contests for the Hounds in 2023, starting nine of those games and playing a total of 838 minutes. He attempted 617 passes and completed 536 of those attempts successfully (87% successful pass rate). With the ball in hand, Baska gained 223 meters on 39 carries (5.7 meters-per-carry), beating six defenders and making one clean line break. He finished the season with five points via one scored try. On defense, Baska completed 84 of his 107 tackle attempts.

Before moving to Rouen Normandie, Baska played for the Warriors in 2020 and 2021. During the 2021 season, he started at scrum half for Utah and helped lead them to a 10-6 regular season record, culminating in a Western Conference Championship game appearance. Baska appeared in 13 contests, logging 876 minutes, and completing 672 passes in the process. He scored a career-high four tries on his 30 carries, gaining 146 meters in the process.

Baska began his MLR career with New Orleans, suiting up for the Gold in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

To date, he’s earned 52 MLR caps and played over 2,500 minutes while making 29 starts. He’s completed 1,563 of his 1,795 pass attempts (87% pass success rate). Offensively, he has 124 carries for 898 meters gained (7.2 MPC) and is credited with five clean line breaks and 17 defenders beaten. Baska’s career point total sits at 46 points via eight tries, including a seven-pointer, and two successful conversion kicks. Defensively, he’s completed 225 of his 289 tackle attempts.

Position Utility Back
Height 6'1"
Weight 190 lbs.
Hometown Overland Park, KS
College Lindenwood University