Rugby United New York
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. The team was founded by James Kennedy.
|Location||Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, New York|
|Ground(s)||MCU Park (Capacity: 7,000)|
|Coach(es)||Greg McWilliams (Head Coach)|
Marty Veale (Forwards)
Simon Gillespie (Skills)
|Top scorer||Cathal Marsh (69)|
|Most tries||Dylan Fawsitt (13)|
|League(s)||Major League Rugby|
|2019||4th placed (regular season)|
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. The team's 2018 spring season consisted of matches against the Ontario Arrows and the Mystic River Rugby Club of Boston. The team played its home matches at Gaelic Park in The Bronx. The team played its first match on March 17, 2018, at Mazzella Field in New Rochelle, New York. New York defeated the Ontario Arrows by a score of 36–19. RUNY played its first match in New York City against Mystic River on March 24 before a sold-out crowd at Gaelic Park. New York defeated Mystic River by a score of 50–0.
On November 7, 2018, RUNY announced that MCU Park in Brooklyn would be their home field for their first full season.
2019 home games were shown on SportsNet New York (SNY). Matt McCarthy, John Broker and Steve Lewis were the on air talent.
|Season||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2018||Paladin Sports||Murphy Kennedy Group|
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
- Senior 15s and senior 7s internationally capped players in bold
- Players qualified to play for United States on dual nationality or residency grounds*
|2019||4th||16||11||0||5||411||320||+91||10||54||Lost semi-final 22-24 to San Diego Legion|
All games in the 2018 season were exhibition games and did not count in the league standings.
|March 17||Ontario Arrows||Home||Mazzella Field||New Rochelle, New York||Won, 36–19|
|March 24||Mystic River Rugby Club||Home||Gaelic Park||Riverdale, Bronx, New York||Won, 50–0|
|March 31||Mystic River Rugby Club||Away||Mignone Field||Allston, Massachusetts||Won, 42–24|
|April 14||Ontario Arrows||Away||York Lions Stadium||Toronto, Ontario||Game cancelled due to weather|
|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|
|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|
|June 9||San Diego Legion||Away||Lost, 22-24|
|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|
During the inaugural season, RUNY signed a partnership deal with Magners Irish Cider, the official drink partner and Bawnmore Irish Beef Jerky as the official snack partner for the 2019 season. They also partnered up with EVF Performance, the team's official gym and Motion PT Group, named the official physical therapy partner for the team.
|Season||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2019||XBlades||Murphy Kennedy Group|
- "MLR announces New York team for 2019". www.usmlr.com. Major League Rugby. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
- 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.
- Melanson, Jack (March 30, 2018). "Packed house welcomes pro rugby to Gaelic Park". Riverdale Press. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
- Mitchell, Alex (March 19, 2018). "New York's first professional rugby team is coming to the Bronx". Bronx Times-Reporter. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- "New York win historic first match over Ontario". Americas Rugby News. March 17, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- "New York blank Boston on historic night in the Bronx". Americas Rugby News. March 25, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- "Tolkin confirmed as New York MLR coach". Americas Rugby News. August 7, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- "Rugby United New York Signs Forwards Coach Kees Lensing". www.rugbyunitedny.com. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
- "Rugby United New York Announces James English as GM". www.rugbyunitedny.com. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
- Rugby United NY (2018-11-07), Rugby United New York's Stadium Announcement, retrieved 2018-11-08
- "2018 Major League Rugby – Rugby United New York". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
- "MLR Off-Season Update - December 13, 2018". Americas Rugby News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
- "Rugby United New York defeat Ontario Arrows 36-19 in first MLR match". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- "Rugby United New York hosts Boston Mystic River March 24". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- "Boston Mystic River hosts Rugby United New York in a rematch at Harvard". djcoilrugby. 2018-03-31. Retrieved 2018-05-01.