Paddy Ryan (rugby union, born 1990)

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Paddy Ryan
Full namePatrick Joseph Ryan
Date of birth (1990-12-11) December 11, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight265 lb (120 kg)
Notable relative(s)Tim Ryan (brother)
Dave Ryan (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Dolphin RFC
Highfield RFC
Correct as of April 30, 2018
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Rugby Viadana
London Welsh
UA Libourne [fr]
Newcastle Falcons
Austin Elite
Rugby United New York
Correct as of May 1, 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017–present United States 4 (0)
Correct as of April 30, 2018

Patrick Joseph "Paddy" Ryan (born December 11, 1990) is an Irish-American rugby union player who plays as a prop for Rugby United New York and the United States men's national team. Ryan previously played for the Newcastle Falcons in the English premiership before joining Austin Elite for the inaugural season of Major League Rugby in 2018.

Family and early life[edit]

The son of an American mother,[1] Paddy Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, but was raised in Ireland.[2]

He played club rugby for Highfield RFC and Dolphin RFC in Cork,[1] along with his older brothers Tim Ryan and Dave Ryan, who also later became professional rugby players.[3]

Paddy Ryan joined the Munster Rugby academy, ultimately playing for the Munster Under-20 and Munster A sides.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early club career[edit]

Ryan began his professional career with Viadana of the Italian Eccellenza, London Welsh of the English RFU Championship, and Libourne of the French Fédérale 1.[4]

In England: Newcastle and Bath[edit]

In July 2015, Ryan signed a two-year contract to play for the Newcastle Falcons.[5] He made seven total appearances for the club in English Premiership games across the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons, making one start during the 2015–16 season.[6]

Following the end of his tenure with Newcastle, Ryan joined Bath on a trial.[2]

MLR: Austin and New York[edit]

Ryan joined Austin Elite for their inaugural Major League Rugby season in 2018.[7] He suffered an injury early in the season,[8] and only made three total appearances for the club.[9]

In late 2018, Ryan signed with Rugby United New York (RUNY) for the 2019 season, making a preseason debut with the club in December 2018.[9]

International career[edit]

Ryan made his debut with the USA Eagles on June 10, 2017, appearing as a substitute in a mid-year test against Ireland.[10] The Eagles lost the match by a score of 55–19.[11]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c O'Toole, Fintan (June 2017). "Cork man Ryan in line for USA debut after being added to squad to face Ireland". The42. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Paddy Ryan on trial at Bath". Americas Rugby News. September 11, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Smith, Mark (July 10, 2015). "Paddy Ryan backed to fulfill potential after completing Newcastle Falcons move". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Newcastle Falcons confirm signing of former London Welsh prop Paddy Ryan". ESPN. July 10, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Mark (July 10, 2015). "Irish prop Paddy Ryan packs down for Newcastle Falcons on two-year deal". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Player Archive". Premiership Rugby. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Austin Elite sign Paddy Ryan". Americas Rugby News. November 8, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Major League Rugby roster updates". Americas Rugby News. April 16, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Paddy Ryan arrives in New York". Americas Rugby News. December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ireland Conquer Eagles in New Jersey". Americas Rugby News. June 10, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ireland hammer US Eagles in New Jersey". ESPN. June 10, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2018.