Dylan Fawsitt Returns to RUNY




NEW YORK (September 19, 2018)- Rugby United New York has signed US national team Hooker Dylan Fawsitt for the 2019 Major League Rugby Season. After making 3 appearances for RUNY in the 2018 exhibition season, the Wexford, Ireland man was sent to the Glendale Raptors for the inaugural season of MLR. The 28-year-old decided to leave the Raptors and re-sign with the Manhattan based organization for the upcoming season, kicking off in January.

“Dylan brings real character to our Rugby United NY roster,” Director of Rugby James English told us. “He is as honest and hardworking as they come, the type of guy you will follow into battle. It’s a big year for the Eagle, and I know he has a real point to prove in the MLR.”

Fawsitt started playing rugby for Greystones RFC (Ireland) at the age of 7. He went on to attend Blackrock College, and then for St. Mary’s, in the All Ireland Division 1 League. Fawsitt came to Atlanta to attend Life University, one of the premier men’s clubs in the United States. This allowed him to continue to play at a high level while simultaneously earning his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. Since 2016, Fawsitt has been with Old Blue RFC, based out of New York.

Fawsitt became eligible to play for the Eagles in late 2017. “The Butcher,” as his teammates call him, made his national team debut in February of 2018 against Chile, in the America’s Rugby Championship. The hooker has made 5 total appearances for the national team, including the historic win over Scotland this past June, scoring one try over that time.

Both Head Coach Mike Tolkin, and Forwards Coach Kees Lensing, understand the impact of this signing, and look forward to adding Fawsitt’s experience to the organization.

“I am very pleased to have the Butcher on board with us,” Tolkin said. “His signing brings a significant impact player and leader back to RUNY. His motivation, competitiveness, and hard work have been second to none over the years. His experience with the Eagles is a reflection of that effort.”

“Dylan is a great signing for the organization,” Lensing echoed. “His competitive spirit and drive to be the best will inspire our team to great heights.”

“It is an exciting time,” Fawsitt told us, looking forward to wearing the Orange and Blue again. “We are going to turn a few heads this year with our attractive brand of rugby. We want to be successful in representing the Northeast.”

Welcome back to the Big Apple, Butcher.

About Rugby United New York

Rugby United New York is a professional rugby team who joined Major League Rugby as an associate member in 2018, playing a brief, but successful exhibition season. Their first full MLR schedule will take place in 2019. When they officially join the league, RUNY's vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the New York sports landscape. The use of rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, and discipline will help to educate, inspire and connect with the New York Community. Rugby United New York, the city’s first professional rugby franchise, strives to unite the entire rugby community and enrich it at every level throughout the region. The team was founded by James Kennedy of the Murphy Kennedy Group, who is an active supporter of grassroots rugby.

About MLR

MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information, visit usmlr.com.



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