Rugby United New York

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Rugby United New York
Rugby United New York logo.png
Nickname(s)New York
Founded2018; 3 years ago (2018)
LocationNew York City, New York
Ground(s)St. John's University (New York City) and Cochrane Stadium (Capacity: 7,000)
ChairmanGuy Bolton
Coach(es)Marty Veale
Captain(s)Dylan Fawsitt
Top scorerDylan Fawsitt (100+)
Most triesDylan Fawsitt (13)
League(s)Major League Rugby
2021Eastern Conference Runner-up
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.rugbyunitedny.com

Rugby United New York,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[edit]

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[edit]

2019 and 2020 home games were shown on SportsNet New York (SNY). Matt McCarthy, John Broker and Steve Lewis were the on air talent.

The 2021 season matches was broadcast on MSG Networks, ending their contract with SNY.

Roster[edit]

The Rugby United New York squad for the 2021 Major League Rugby season is:[11]

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
Dylan Fawsitt (c) Hooker United States United States
Rob Irimescu Hooker United States United States
Diego Maquieira Hooker United States United States
Joe Brady Prop United States United States
Kirk Hamilton Prop United States United States
Anthony Parry Prop United States United States
Wilton Rebolo Prop Brazil Brazil
James Rochford Prop Ireland Ireland
Zak Taulafo Prop Samoa Samoa
Samu Tawake Prop Fiji Fiji
Nate Brakeley Lock United States United States
Nick Civetta Lock United States United States
Max Dacey Lock United States United States
Charlie Hewitt* Lock England England
Hanco Germishuys Flanker United States United States
DaQuan Perry Flanker United States United States
Kara Pryor Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Kyle Sumsion Flanker United States United States
Benjamín Bonasso* Number 8 Argentina Argentina
Juan Manuel Leguizamón Number 8 Argentina Argentina
Evan Mintern Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Player Position Union
Connor Buckley Scrum-half United States United States
Andy Ellis Scrum-half New Zealand New Zealand
Conor McManus Scrum-half United States United States
Harry Bennett* Fly-half Australia Australia
Dan Hollinshead Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Will Leonard Centre Ireland Ireland
Troy Lockyear* Centre England England
Chris Mattina Centre United States United States
Quinn Ngawati Centre Canada Canada
Sonny Adjei Wing United States United States
Apenisa Cakaubalavu Wing Fiji Fiji
Faʻasui Fuatai Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Luke Hume Wing United States United States
Aki Raymond Wing United States United States
Connor Wallace-Sims Wing United States United States
Ben Foden Fullback England England
Joel Miranda* Fullback Argentina Argentina
  • Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players are listed in bold.
  • * denotes players qualified to play for the United States on dual nationality or residency grounds.
  • MLR teams are allowed to field up to ten overseas players per match.

Head coaches[edit]

Captains[edit]

Records[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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 against San Diego Legion
2020 5th 5 3 0 2 136 131 +5 3 15   Season cut short due to Coronavirus Pandemic
2021 2nd 16 10 0 6 448 419 +29 13 53  Lost Eastern Conference Final 9-10 against Rugby ATL
Total 3 seasons 37 24 0 13 995 870 +125 26 122
Playoff Totals 2 Appearances 2 0 0 2 31 34 -3 NA NA 0 championships

Honors[edit]

Head to Head[edit]

The following table details the past performance of Rugby United New York against different opponents in Major League Rugby, between their inaugural season of 2019 up until the current 2021 season (Updated after MLR 2021 week 19–24 July). Table includes all regular season and play-off matches (semi-finals and finals).

Major League Rugby
Opposition Span Played Won Drawn Lost Win% PF PA +/- Home Wins Away Wins Notes
San Diego Legion 2019–21 5 2 0 3 40% 122 129 -7 0 2
NOLA Gold 2019–21 4 2 0 2 50% 111 132 -21 1 1
Seattle Seawolves 2019–21 3 1 0 2 33% 75 92 -17 0 1
Houston SaberCats 2019–21 4 4 0 0 100% 141 50 +91 2 2
Utah Warriors 2019–21 3 2 0 1 66% 99 72 +28 1 1
Toronto Arrows 2019–21 4 2 0 2 50% 87 120 -33 1 1
Austin Gilgronis 2019–20 4 3 0 1 75% 104 65 +39 2 1
New England Free Jacks 2020-21 3 1 0 2 33% 49 75 -26 1 0
Rugby ATL 2020–21 4 3 0 1 100% 89 70 +19 1 2
Old Glory DC 2021 2 2 0 0 100% 84 44 +40 1 1
LA Giltinis 2021 1 1 0 0 100% 18 16 +2 1 0
Glendale Raptors 2019–20 2 1 0 1 50% 47 39 +8 1 0
2019– 39 24 0 15 61.53% 1026 904 +122 12 12

2018 season[edit]

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[12]
March 24 Mystic River Rugby Club Home Gaelic Park Riverdale, Bronx, New York Won, 50–0[13]
March 31 Mystic River Rugby Club Away Mignone Field Allston, Massachusetts Won, 42–24[14]
April 14 Ontario Arrows Away York Lions Stadium Toronto, Ontario Game cancelled due to weather

2019 season[edit]

Exhibitions[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

2020 season[edit]

Exhibition[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
January 25 Toronto Arrows Neutral Orchard Park scrimmage no score recorded
February 1 New York Barbarians Home Wagner College Football Stadium Won 77-5

Regular season[edit]

On March 12, 2020, MLR announced the season would go on hiatus immediately for 30 days due to fears surrounding the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic.[15] It was cancelled the following week[16]

Date Opponent Home/Away Location Result
February 8 New England Free Jacks Away Sam Boyd Stadium Lost 14-34
February 15 Austin Gilgronis Home Sam Boyd Stadium Won 49-31
February 23 Rugby ATL Away Lupo Family Field @ Life University Won 22-19
March 1 Houston SaberCats Away Aveva Stadium Won 31-23
March 8 San Diego Legion Away Torero Stadium Lost 20-24
March 14 Seattle Seawolves Home MCU Park Cancelled
March 22 Toronto Arrows Home MCU Park Cancelled
March 29 Old Glory DC Away Cardinal Stadium @ Catholic University Cancelled
April 10 Rugby ATL Home MCU Park Cancelled
April 18 NOLA Gold Away The Gold Mine Cancelled
April 25 Colorado Raptors Home MCU Park Cancelled
May 1 New England Free Jacks Home MCU Park Cancelled
May 9 Old Glory DC Home MCU Park Cancelled
May 16 Utah Warriors Away Zions Bank Stadium Cancelled
May 22 Toronto Arrows Away Lamport Stadium Cancelled
May 30 NOLA Gold Home MCU Park Cancelled

2021 season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Match 20 San Diego Legion Away Won, 36–29
Match 27 New Orleans Gold Away Lost, 28–51
April 11 Rugby ATL Away Won, 27–17
April 18 Old Glory DC Home Won, 38–34
April 25 Toronto Arrows Home Lost, 12–53
May 2 Seattle Seawolves Away Won, 23–21
May 8 LA Giltinis Home Won, 18–16
May 15 Austin Gilgronis Away Lost, 9–16
May 23 New England Free Jacks Home Won, 29–19
May 30 Old Glory DC Away Won, 46–10
June 13 Rugby ATL Home Won, 31–24
June 19 Utah Warriors Home Lost, 28–29
June 27 Toronto Arrows Away Won, 31–24
July 3 New England Free Jacks Away Lost, 6–22
July 10 Houston SaberCats Home Won, 54–19
July 17 New Orleans Gold Home Lost, 32–35

Post season[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
July 24 Rugby ATL Away Lost, 9-10

Sponsorship[edit]

During the inaugural season, RUNY signed a partnership deal with Magners Irish Cider,[17] the official drink partner and Bawnmore Irish Beef Jerky[18] as the official snack partner for the 2019 season. They also partnered up with EVF Performance,[19] the team's official gym and Motion PT Group, named the official physical therapy partner for the team.[20]

For the 2021 season, RUNY partnered with Sword Performance, a sports drink hydration company.[21] They also partnered with Mainfreight as their shirt sponsor for the next two seasons.[22]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018 Paladin Sports Murphy Kennedy Group
2019 XBlades
2020 Paladin Sports None
2021 Paladin Sports Mainfreight

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Rugby United New York". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Rugby United New York defeat Ontario Arrows 36-19 in first MLR match". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  13. ^ "Rugby United New York hosts Boston Mystic River March 24". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  14. ^ "Boston Mystic River hosts Rugby United New York in a rematch at Harvard". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-31. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  15. ^ Anonymous, "MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SUSPENDS 2020 SEASON FOR 30 DAYS," www.majorleague.rugby, March 12, 2020 Retrieved March 14, 2020
  16. ^ "Major League Rugby cancels remainder of 2020 campaign". Yahoo! Sports. AFP. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  17. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/magners-becomes-official-hard-cider-of-rugby-united-new-york-2/
  18. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/bawnmore-becomes-official-snack-partner-of-rugby-united-new-york/
  19. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/evf-performance-becomes-official-gym-partner-of-rugby-united-new-york/
  20. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/news/motion-pt-group-partners-with-rugby-united-new-york/
  21. ^ https://drinksword.com/blogs/news/sword-performance-is-a-proud-sponsor-of-rugby-united-new-york
  22. ^ https://www.rugbyunitedny.com/partners/

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