ESPN AU: Professional rugby in New York City? Aussie Harry Bennett is loving it
The opportunities to play rugby around the world are these days greater than ever.
The path to Europe and the United Kingdom has long been open, while Japan has over the last decade in particular, become a viable destination for players both starting out or winding down their professional careers. The financial rewards have also skyrocketed, leading to the establishment of player “sabbaticals”, the like of which All Blacks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are currently enjoying.
And those opportunities have now extended to the United States where the country’s Major League Rugby will this weekend begin its third season, a significant achievement in itself given rugby’s fractured relationship with the tough American market.
How does playing in San Diego sound? What about The Big Easy down in New Orleans? Is Colorado and rugby in the Rockies, more your scene?
If those destinations don’t quite cut it for you, then perhaps the opportunity to play professional rugby in New York City appeals? For 29-year-old Australian Harry Bennett, that once unlikely dream is now very much a reality, even if it might not be exactly how a 20-something starry-eyed rugby player might imagine it.
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