Rugby United New York Signs Luke Hume




NEW YORK (October 1st, 2018)- New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York, has signed veteran Luke Hume for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The USA International, in both 7s and 15s, started two matches for RUNY in the 2018 exhibition season.

At the age of 18, Hume began his professional rugby career in Australia. Between 2006 and 2009, he spent time with two rugby league teams, the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks. He came to New York City in 2009 to join the surging amateur rugby league team, the New York Knights. He led them to a club championship in his first year with the squad.

Hume then moved to Old Blue RFC, and the United States National team began to take notice of the young Australian star. In 2012, he scored a try on debut for the Eagles against rivals Canada. He made his first appearance for the National 7s team in 2012 as well. Since that time, he has appeared 26 times for the 15s team, and has played in 9 competitions for the 7s program.

Hume’s play on the international scene had clubs from around the world taking notice. He earned a contract with Gloucester Rugby, of England’s Gallagher Premiership as well as RC Narbonne, of France’s Top 14. Hume then returned to New York City and has been a spark plug for Old Blue ever since.

“Luke brings character, huge energy, and he has the X factor,” RUNY General Manager James English said. “He has played in professional environments across the world, and loves to win. He will be a great addition to our squad.”

“Luke has been, and continues to be, one of the most dangerous and exciting attackers in the game,” Head Coach Mike Tolkin said. “He has the ability to create opportunities from nothing. His passion for the game, and for playing in New York City, brings great energy to our squad. His years of success at every level of the game are invaluable to us.”

“I’m expecting a very competitive 2019 Major League Rugby season,” Hume told us. “I thought last season was a great opportunity for the Greater New York Area to showcase our talent. I’m looking forward to that opportunity again.”

Hume is the latest US Eagle to sign for RUNY. This past week, the signing of Lock Nate Brakeley was announced. In total, the organization boasts over 90 caps of international experience through the 6 announced signings.

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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