John Ryberg was born in Texas but moved to Iowa as he was growing up, attending Xavier High School. It was at college at the University of Iowa where he first had a taste of rugby and went from strength to strength in his adopted sport. After graduating from college, Ryberg joined the then-amateur Glendale Marlins. When MLR began and the Glendale Marlins became the Raptors, Ryberg had his first professional chance. His first MLR season was interrupted by injury but Ryberg tallied 17 games for the Raptors over his two seasons with the club.
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