Rugby United New York

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Rugby United New York
Rugby United New York logo.svg
Founded 2018; 1 year ago (2018)
Location Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Ground(s) MCU Park (Capacity: 7,000)
Chairman James Kennedy
John Layfield
Coach(es) Greg McWilliams (Head Coach)
Marty Veale (Forwards)
Simon Gillespie (Skills)
Captain(s) Mike Petri
Top scorer Cathal Marsh (69)
Most tries Dylan Fawsitt (13)
League(s) Major League Rugby
2019 4th placed (regular season)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.rugbyunitedny.com

Rugby United New York, known as RUNY, is a professional rugby union team based in New York City that is a member of Major League Rugby (MLR). The team played an exhibition season in spring 2018 and joined MLR for its second full season in 2019.[1][2] The team was founded by James Kennedy.[3]

History

In its 2018 exhibition season, RUNY was led by former USA men's national team coach Mike Tolkin, and assistant coaches Bruce McLane (former coach of New York Athletic Club RFC), Andrew Britt, and Vili Vakasisikakala.[1] The team's 2018 spring season consisted of matches against the Ontario Arrows and the Mystic River Rugby Club of Boston.[1] The team played its home matches at Gaelic Park in The Bronx.[4] The team played its first match on March 17, 2018, at Mazzella Field in New Rochelle, New York.[5] New York defeated the Ontario Arrows by a score of 36–19.[5] RUNY played its first match in New York City against Mystic River on March 24 before a sold-out crowd at Gaelic Park.[6] New York defeated Mystic River by a score of 50–0.[6]

Ahead of the 2019 season, RUNY announced that they had retained Mike Tolkin as the team's head coach,[7] signed Kees Lensing as the team's forwards coach,[8] and named James English as general manager.[9]

On November 7, 2018, RUNY announced that MCU Park in Brooklyn would be their home field for their first full season.[10]

Broadcasts

2019 home games were shown on SportsNet New York (SNY). Matt McCarthy, John Broker and Steve Lewis were the on air talent.

Sponsorship

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018 Paladin Sports Murphy Kennedy Group
2019 XBlades
2020-present Paladin Sports

Roster

The following players have been reported for New York for the 2020 season:[11][12]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Mike Brown Hooker United States United States
Rob Irimescu Hooker United States United States
Dylan Fawsitt Hooker United States United States
Callum Mackintosh Hooker Scotland Scotland
Kirkland Hamilton Prop United States United States
Anthony Parry Prop United States United States
Brian McKellar Prop United States United States
Jamal Hadley Prop United States United States
James Rochford Prop Ireland Ireland
Paddy Ryan Prop United States United States
Nate Brakeley Lock United States United States
Trevor Cassidy Lock United States United States
Cormac Daly Lock Ireland Ireland
Kyle White Lock United States United States
Myles McQuone Lock United States United States
Matt Wirken Lock United States United States
James Denise Flanker United States United States
Matt Hughston Flanker United States United States
Alex MacDonald Flanker United States United States
John Quill Flanker United States United States
Kyle Sumsion Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Jason Higgins Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Mike Petri Scrum-half United States United States
Marcus Walsh* Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Harry Bennett* Fly-half Australia Australia
Jimmy Wolfer Fly-half United States United States
Cathal Marsh Fly-half Ireland Ireland
JP Aguirre* Centre Argentina Argentina
Mathieu Bastareaud Centre France France
Will Leonard Centre Ireland Ireland
Jake Feury Centre United States United States
Quentin Pradere Centre England England
Chris Mattina Centre United States United States
Seimou Smith Centre United States United States
Chris Vakasisikala* Centre Fiji Fiji
Mike St. Claire Wing United States United States
Derek Lipscomb Wing United States United States
Mark O'Keeffe Wing Ireland Ireland
Marcus Satavu Wing United States United States
Connor Wallace-Sims Wing United States United States
Erik Tak Wing United States United States
Gavan D’Amore-Morrison Wing United States United States
Ben Foden Fullback England England
Troy Lockyear Fullback England England
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players in bold
  • Players qualified to play for United States on dual nationality or residency grounds*

Records

Season standings

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/− BP Pts   Playoffs
2019 4th 16 11 0 5 411 320 +91 10 54   Lost semi-final 22-24 to San Diego Legion

Honors

2018 season

All games in the 2018 season were exhibition games and did not count in the league standings.

Date Opponent Home/Away Venue Location Result
March 17 Ontario Arrows Home Mazzella Field New Rochelle, New York Won, 36–19[13]
March 24 Mystic River Rugby Club Home Gaelic Park Riverdale, Bronx, New York Won, 50–0[14]
March 31 Mystic River Rugby Club Away Mignone Field Allston, Massachusetts Won, 42–24[15]
April 14 Ontario Arrows Away York Lions Stadium Toronto, Ontario Game cancelled due to weather

2019 season

Exhibitions

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
December 1, 2018 New England Free Jacks Away Union Point Sports Complex Won, 38–35
December 15, 2018 Capital Selects Home Mazzella Field Won, 100–0
January 12, 2019 Toronto Arrows Neutral Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse Cancelled

Regular season

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
January 27 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium Won, 25-23
February 16 New Orleans Gold Away Archbishop Shaw Won, 27–24
February 24 Seattle Seawolves Away Starfire Stadium Lost, 21-33
March 2 Houston SaberCats Away Constellation Field Won, 35-8
March 9 Utah Warriors Away Zions Bank Stadium Won, 47-21
March 15 Toronto Arrows Home MCU Park Won, 24–21
March 24 Glendale Raptors Home MCU Park Won, 31-19
March 30 Austin Elite Away Toyota Field Won, 19-11
April 14 San Diego Legion Home MCU Park Lost, 19–29
April 20 Utah Warriors Home MCU Park Won, 24–22
April 26 Glendale Raptors Away Infinity Park Lost, 16–20
May 5 Houston SaberCats Home MCU Park Won, 21–0
May 12 Seattle Seawolves Home MCU Park Lost, 31–38
May 19 Austin Elite Home MCU Park Won, 27-7
May 26 New Orleans Gold Home MCU Park Won, 24–22
June 2 Toronto Arrows Away Lamport Stadium Lost, 20-22

Post season

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
June 9 San Diego Legion Away Lost, 22-24

2020 season

Regular season

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
February 8 New England Free Jacks Away TBD
February 15 Austin Herd Home TBD
February 23 Rugby ATL Away Lupo Family Field @ Life University
February 29 Houston SaberCats Away AVEVA Stadium
March 8 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium
March 14 Seattle Seawolves Home MCU Park
March 22 Toronto Arrows Home MCU Park
March 29 Old Glory DC Away Cardinal Stadium @ Catholic University
April 10 Rugby ATL Home MCU Park
April 18 NOLA Gold Away The Gold Mine
April 25 Colorado Raptors Home MCU Park
May 1 New England Free Jacks Home MCU Park
May 9 Old Glory DC Home MCU Park
May 16 Utah Warriors Away Zions Bank Stadium
May 22 Toronto Arrows Away Lamport Stadium
May 30 NOLA Gold Home MCU Park

Sponsorship

During the inaugural season, RUNY signed a partnership deal with Magners Irish Cider,[16] the official drink partner and Bawnmore Irish Beef Jerky[17] as the official snack partner for the 2019 season. They also partnered up with EVF Performance,[18] the team's official gym and Motion PT Group, named the official physical therapy partner for the team.[19]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019 XBlades Murphy Kennedy Group
2020-present Paladin Sports TBD

References

  1. ^ a b c "MLR announces New York team for 2019". www.usmlr.com. Major League Rugby. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Pengelly, Martin (March 26, 2018). "Firefighters and cops face off as New York's pro rugby team debuts". The Guardian. New York, NY. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Melanson, Jack (March 30, 2018). "Packed house welcomes pro rugby to Gaelic Park". Riverdale Press. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Alex (March 19, 2018). "New York's first professional rugby team is coming to the Bronx". Bronx Times-Reporter. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "New York win historic first match over Ontario". Americas Rugby News. March 17, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "New York blank Boston on historic night in the Bronx". Americas Rugby News. March 25, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tolkin confirmed as New York MLR coach". Americas Rugby News. August 7, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Rugby United New York Signs Forwards Coach Kees Lensing". www.rugbyunitedny.com. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  9. ^ "Rugby United New York Announces James English as GM". www.rugbyunitedny.com. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  10. ^ Rugby United NY (2018-11-07), Rugby United New York's Stadium Announcement, retrieved 2018-11-08
  11. ^ "2018 Major League Rugby – Rugby United New York". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  12. ^ "MLR Off-Season Update - December 13, 2018". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  13. ^ "Rugby United New York defeat Ontario Arrows 36-19 in first MLR match". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  14. ^ "Rugby United New York hosts Boston Mystic River March 24". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  15. ^ "Boston Mystic River hosts Rugby United New York in a rematch at Harvard". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-31. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  16. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/magners-becomes-official-hard-cider-of-rugby-united-new-york-2/
  17. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/bawnmore-becomes-official-snack-partner-of-rugby-united-new-york/
  18. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/evf-performance-becomes-official-gym-partner-of-rugby-united-new-york/
  19. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/motion-pt-group-partners-with-rugby-united-new-york/

External links

  • Rugby United New York Official Web site
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