US Eagle Paddy Ryan Joins RUNY


photo credit: Travis Prior



NEW YORK (December 5, 2018)- Rugby United New York is excited to confirm the signing of US international prop Paddy Ryan. The Eagle was born in Chicago and then moved to Ireland at a young age. Ryan spent the inaugural Major League Rugby season with Austin Elite, but was sidelined for the season due to injury.

Ryan, raised in Cork, Ireland, started his career with Highland RFC, and then moved onto Dolphin RFC. Ryan was an integral part of the Munster Academy, and earned time with the Munster A Side as well. He signed his first professional contract with Rugby Viadana (Italy). After making 5 appearances for the organization, he joined forces with London Welsh.

Between 2015 and 2017, Ryan featured for both Libourne Athletic Union and Newcastle Falcons. He made 7 appearances in the English Premiership before going down with nagging injuries. Following his time at Newcastle, the tighthead specialist moved on to Bath.

Ryan made his first appearance for the US National Team in June of 2017, when he came on as a replacement against Ireland, a nation he knows very well. He went on to make his first start 2 weeks later, in a World Cup 2019 qualifying match against Canada. He is currently in the USA player pool and expects to contend for a spot on the World Cup roster.

Prior to joining Rugby United NY, Ryan spent last season in Austin, with fellow teammates Marcus Walsh, Mike Brown, and Ross Deacon. Paddy’s brothers, Timmy and Dave, are also experienced professional rugby players.

“I’m excited to be in New York City playing professional rugby,” Ryan told us. “We have a strong squad, I can’t wait for the regular season to begin. I expect us to compete.”

“We’re pleased to add Paddy Ryan to our squadron of front rowers,” Head Coach Mike Tolkin said. “His solid ability in the set pieces, as well as his international experience, makes him a valuable addition for us.”

Welcome to New York, Paddy. 

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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