Michael Bateman Glendale Raptors


Position

Scrumhalf

Height

5-10

Weight

174lbs

Age

Hometown

Auckland, NZL


Michael “Mickey” Bateman was born and raised in New Zealand, where rugby is the national sport. He describes having a rugby ball in his hands when he was just two or three years of age. Mickey was first encouraged to play rugby by his father, who also plays half-back. Mickey first moved to the U.S. in 2013, earning a degree in Mass Communications from Lindenwood University, outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The competition and culture of the sport are what makes him happiest playing, and Mickey especially values the pressure to build the trust of his teammates, the unified vision they share in pressing toward a common goal. Mickey values nutrition and considers himself a master in the kitchen.