|Intro||American rugby union player|
|Is||Athlete Rugby union player|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||22 January 1988, Bellingham, USA|
Shawn Pittman (born January 22, 1988 in Bellingham, Washington, United States) is an American rugby union coach and former player. Pittman played prop for Old Puget Sound Beach and the United States. He also represented his country at under-19 and under-20 levels. His debut for his country was against Uruguay on 8 November 2008. He played at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Pittman started playing rugby when he was 18, after being persuaded to take up the sport by some rugby playing friends.
He first played representative rugby for the U.S. in 2006. He was selected for the U.S. squad for the Under 19 World Junior Championships in Belfast in 2007. Also in 2007, Pittman undertook the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand's Advanced Course at Massey University in Palmerston North, where he met the likes of Grant Fox.
In 2008, Pittman played for the US national under-20 team in the first-ever IRB Junior World Championship in Wales. Pittman played in all five matches and scored two tries in the defeats to Fiji and South Africa.
Senior and professional rugby
Pitman made his senior debut for the U.S. Eagles against Uruguay in November 2008. He also featured against the England Saxons in 2009. He featured in the 2010 Churchill Cup, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in a 39-22 win over Russia.
Pittman joined London Welsh in the summer of 2010 from Canadian side Bayside Sharks, having previously gained Super League experience in the U.S. with Golden Gate. It was a fitting end to his first season in English rugby in which Pittman had been a permanent feature in the Welsh front row, making 29 appearances for the club and scoring one try in the 54-9 play-off win over Bristol at Old Deer Park.
Pittman and the Eagles beat Russia 32-25 to clinch the 2011 Churchill Cup Bowl at Sixways in England in June. Pittman played in all four U.S. matches in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, starting in two.
Pittman’s last appearances for the U.S. were in August 2013, starting in a pair of matches against Canada. Pittman struggled with concussion issues, before announcing his retirement from rugby in September 2014.