Rugby United New York Confirms Signing of USA Selects Lock
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RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK CONFIRMS SIGNING OF USA SELECTS LOCK
NEW YORK (January 25, 2018)- RUNY has officially confirmed the signing of 6’4” Lock Trevor Cassidy. Cassidy did not appear for RUNY during the exhibition season in 2018, but after a strong fall campaign with Old Blue, he put his name in the mix for Major League Rugby action.
Cassidy is a true rugby nomad having suited up for teams in his home state of Vermont, New York , Australia, South Africa, and toured Canada for the Americas Rugby Championship with the USA Selects in 2013. Cassidy is a physical lock who loves being in the trenches doing the gritty work for the team. He is always sure to be getting his fair share of contact, whether that be on defense or running with the ball.
Having seen various rugby cultures during his time overseas, Cassidy is beyond excited to help grow the game in his second home of New York. He states: “I was thrilled to see a professional competition within the US that the rugby community rallied behind. I know there’s a huge market for rugby in the States and all that it needs is exposure. I expect that this season RUNY and rugby as a whole, will win over plenty of new fans and maybe even some kids who are the leagues next superstars.”
His physicality, presence and worldwide experience are huge additions to the RUNY squad and the coaches, players and ownership are stoked to have him on board. To catch the hard-hitting lock in action in the 2019 Major League Rugby season tune in to see RUNY face off against the Legion on January 27th at 5 PM EST. The game will be available LIVE on both SNY and ESPN+, as well as Facebook Live for International viewers.
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.
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 the 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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