Rugby United Partners with Wagner College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK GAINS TRAINING FACILITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH WAGNER COLLEGE
NEW YORK (JANUARY 13, 2020) – Rugby United New York announced today a new partnership formed with Staten Island’s Wagner College. The partnership grants RUNY access to the college’s High-Performance training center, which includes a gym, pool, cafeteria, locker room, meeting space, and a training field.
“We’re very excited for our move to Wagner College,” shared RUNY Owner James Kennedy. “These facilities provide numerous benefits for both the players and the coaching staff. The entire organization has responded well to these changes.”
Located in the heart of Staten Island, Wagner’s state of the art facilities provides the Roosters with one of the best training environments in all of Major League Rugby. Athletes begin their day in the gym before moving over to a skills session. From there, they use the cafeteria and meeting rooms to prepare for their nightly training sessions.
“This streamlined schedule is a major step up from last season,” continued Head Coach Greg McWilliams. “The fragmented day that our athletes endured during the 2019 season was exhausting. You can already begin to see the impact that Wagner is having throughout our squad.”
Walt Hameline, Athletic Director at Wagner College, has been thrilled with the partnership in these opening stages. Additionally, he is confident the partnership can expand in the coming years.
“We are excited to partner with such a prestigious and growing organization in Rugby United New York,” Hameline told us. “We look to strengthen the current agreement in the years to come as we feel it’s beneficial for all parties involved. I look forward to building the relationship and attending some Major League Rugby contests this season.”
IAN JONES- STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
In addition to this announcement, RUNY revealed their strength & conditioning program will be overseen by Ian Jones, Wagner’s Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Performance.
Jones’ (Cork, Ireland) experience includes time spent with two NFL organizations, as well as collegiate powerhouses Penn State University and the University of Southern Carolina. Additionally, he has prior rugby experience from working with London Welsh RFC and Pennsylvania State University’s rugby program.
Rugby United New York continues its preparation for the 2020 Major League Rugby season, set to kick off in Las Vegas on February 8th, against the New England Free Jacks.
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 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.
About Wagner College Athletics
At Wagner College, the student-athlete is encouraged to develop both academic and athletic abilities in an environment where the foremost goal is the successful completion of the College’s academic requirements for graduation within four years. To that end, the Wagner athletic program and operating principles is consistent with the “Wagner Plan”. As such, all Wagner College intercollegiate athletes are degree-seeking college students in good academic standing as well as amateur athletic competitors.
The Wagner College athletic program pursues a philosophy that intercollegiate athletics is an important part of a well-rounded and broad-based undergraduate college education and is thereby dedicated to the service of a broad range of student, faculty, and public interests. At all times, the athletic program strives to develop character, maturity, and fair play as well, as athletic and physical excellence.
Like all aspects of Wagner College, the athletic program is non-discriminatory in accordance with the equal opportunity and equity law.
Athletic Mission Statement Found here – https://wagnerathletics.com/sports/2009/10/30/GEN_1030094119.aspx
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