Rugby United New York Signs US Eagle 428 Luke Hume
Rugby United New York signed Eagle 428 Luke Hume. He is 30 years old, 5’9″ tall and weighs 182 pounds.
Hume was born in Sydney, Australia and in rugby plays wing and fullback. He attended Endeavour College from 2002-2008, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science. He is now employed in an Executive global recruitment consulting firm in New York City.
Hume has played both rugby league and rugby union. At the age of 18, Hume began his professional rugby career in Australia. From 2006-2009, he played rugby league with the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks. He also played with the Sydney Roosters at wing until age 20, prior to moving to the U.S. in 2009.
In 2009, Hume played rugby league with the New York Knights. The team won the Championship that year and he was honored as the AMNRL MVP. He continued with the team until 2011. In 2012, he played with the USA Tomahawks in the Donnybrook Cup, with the USA beating Ireland 38-20. In 2013, he was named to the Tomahawk’s World Cup squad, but he broke his leg, causing him to withdraw from the squad.
During the 2011-2012 season, he played rugby union with Old Blue of New York. He also became a U.S. Eagle 15s and Eagles 7s player in 2012.
Hume made his Eagles XV debut against Canada in Kingston on June 9, 2012, and played the last of his 26 tests against Russia at Sacramento on June 25, 2016. He also was named to the Eagles roster for the June 2017 tests, but a hamstring injury caused his withdrawal.
Hume also made his Eagles 7s debut in 2012. He has made 9 appearances and helped the team in qualifying for the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7s.
In 2013, Hume had a professional rugby trial with Gloucester of the English Premiership. In his first match for Gloucester A, he scored a try in a 34-3 victory over the Worcester Cavaliers. He then signed with RC Narbonne as a medical joker in the French Pro D2 League from January 2014 through the end of the season, making 2 appearances.
Then it was back to New York, where he resumed playing with Old Blue. In 2014, He played with the New York 7s team at Twickenham in England. In 2015 Hume played in the USA Rugby Elite City 7s for the Northeast Academy, who went undefeated and won the title.
In 2018, Hume started two matches for Rugby United New York at fullback in the 2018 exhibition season and has been signed for the 2019 season where he will like start at wing.
RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK Comments
“Luke brings character, huge energy, and he has the X-factor,” RUNY General Manager James English said. “He has played in professional environments across the world and loves to win. He will be a great addition to our squad.”
“Luke has been and continues to be, one of the most dangerous and exciting attackers in the game,” Head Coach Mike Tolkin said. “He has the ability to create opportunities from nothing. His passion for the game, and for playing in New York City, brings great energy to our squad. His years of success at every level of the game are invaluable to us.”
“I’m expecting a very competitive 2019 Major League Rugby season,” Hume told us. “I thought last season was a great opportunity for the Greater New York Area to showcase our talent. I’m looking forward to that opportunity again.”