Marcus Walsh Back with RUNY




NEW YORK (October 31, 2018)- Scrum Half Marcus Walsh has signed his contract with Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Walsh had an impressive exhibition season with RUNY last spring, and was sent on loan to Austin Elite afterwards to finish the inaugural MLR season.

Walsh, born and raised in Ireland, began his competitive rugby career with Blackrock College in Dublin. The young Scrum Half was a leader on a championship level team, and the school won both the Junior Cup and Senior Cup with Walsh at the helm. He parlayed his performances there into extended looks with the Irish provincial sides.

Between 2009 and 2011, Walsh was a part of the Leinster Under 17s-19s program, and helped the team reach the top of the table every year. His strong form earned him a two-year contract with rival Connacht in 2012. During that time, he also received playing time with Lansdowne Rugby Club, in the All Ireland League, winning the competition in 2013.

In 2014, at the end of his Connacht contract, Walsh moved to Atlanta, Georgia to join perennial powerhouse Life University. He led the team to a National Championship in 2016 as the captain. After earning his degree from the school, Walsh moved to New York City to play for the New York Athletic Club. He has been a contributor, and leader, for the Winged Foot ever since.

“Last year, we really got off the ground running with the short amount of time we had together,” Marcus said.“With the squad and the management that we have in place this season, we should be in contention to win the league.”

“We are excited to welcome Marcus back to New York,” General Manager James English said. “He brings huge character on and off the field. With his experience playing in Europe, as well as his success in Major League Rugby last year, I would keep an eye on him this season.”

“The addition of Marcus brings another solid scrum half option to RUNY,” Head Coach Mike Tolkin added. “He was a steady performer for us last season. On top of his excellent work habits, he possesses a strong skill set, and a positive approach to the game.”

Welcome back to New York, Marcus. Time to get to work.

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


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