Rugby United New York Athletes Selected for Rugby World Cup 2019
NEW YORK (September 11, 2019) – Rugby United New York is proud to announce that athletes Dylan Fawsitt, Nate Brakeley, and John Quill have been selected to play for the United States National Team in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The Rugby World Cup is a quadrennial tournament that hosts the 20 best national teams in the world. Beginning on September 20, those teams will play matches in 12 venues throughout the host country of Japan.
Dylan Fawsitt, Hooker, played 15 matches with a total of 1,174 minutes for RUNY in the 2019 MLR Season. He was the top try scorer in the league with 13 tries, and one of the top points scorers in the league with 65 points. He completed 170 tackles successfully. He has 12 caps for the United States National Team.
Nate Brakeley, Lock, played in 15 matches in the 2019 MLR Season. He played the most minutes of his teammates this past season with 1,200 minutes. He had 238 successful tackles and carried for 322 meters. He was second in the league for the most lineout steals, with 7, and was in the top 10 players in the league for the most lineout takes, with 50. He has 21 caps for the United States National team, first appearing in the 2016 American Rugby Championship against Canada.
John Quill, Flanker, appeared in 12 matches during the 2019 MLR Season with a total of 771 minutes played. He had 38 lineout takes in the season, ranking #8 in the top 10 lineout takes. He carried the ball 89 times for 394 meters and finished the season with 116 tackles. With 36 caps for the United States, the flanker brings veteran leadership to the squad. He made his debut in 2012 against Russia, and this will be the second Rugby World Cup he has received selection for.
“There is no greater honor than being selected for a Rugby World Cup,” stated RUNY General Manager James English. “We are immensely proud of these athletes and the work they have put in to achieve this. We are looking forward to watching them represent their country and Rugby United New York.”
The United States will play 4 games during the World Cup: Thursday, September 26 against England; Wednesday, October 2 against France; Wednesday, October 9 against Argentina; and Sunday, October 13 against Tonga. Fans in the United States can watch the match on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Gold. For more information, visit the Rugby World Cup website here.
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 took place in 2019. 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 integrity, 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 Major League 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.