Gaelic Park to host Major League Rugby

March 02, 2018

New York and Sligo players battle for possession during their side's Connacht SFC preliminary round clash at Gaelic Park.
©INPHO/Andy Marlin.

The oval ball will become a common sight at Gaelic Park in New York later this year when it plays host to Major League Rugby.

America's new professional rugby competition launches in April and will be broadcast on CBS in a prime-time Saturday night slot. A team called Rugby United New York will initially play their home games in Gaelic Park, which has a capacity of 3,500. Of their 29 contracted players, five are Irish - Ross Deacon (ex-Kilkenny College), Jack Fitzpatrick (Gonzaga), Marcus Walsh, Dylan Fawsett and Dave Gannon (all Blackrock) - while former Ireland rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan and Irish international Shane Horgan are also involved.

The Irish interest doesn't end there as the chairman and backer of Rugby United New York, James Kennedy, hails from Limerick.

The Bronx venue will also play host to the Connacht SFC opener between New York and Leitrim in early May.

 



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