Glendale Raptors & John Quill
The Glendale Raptors have actively sought talented rugby players and Eagle flanker John Quill has contributed to the team since his arrival in 2018. The 28-year-old, 6’2″, 230-pound player is from Youghal, Cork in Ireland and was the U.S. eligible for the National team through his U.S. mother.
John makes a difference when he is on the pitch for the Raptors. The team is looking forward to his continued contributions in 2019.
John attended Christian Brother Youghal and then the Cork Institute of Technology. He comes from a family of bakers and he represented the 5th generation in this career, baking for Detour Bakery in Denver.
John was part of the Munster Academy system from 2009-2012. He played for Ireland Schools, for Ireland Under-18s, and for Munster A. He played for Dolphin FRC from 2011-2014. He was the top try scorer for the team for two of the seasons and was named club player of the year in 2012.
In 2012 he moved to the U.S. and played with Boston RFC. He then moved to London and played with the London Irish Academy before returning to Dolphin RFC in London. During the 2014-2015 season, he played with the London Welsh in the RFU Championship. He made 8 appearances for the club, scored three tries, and helped the team’s promotion to the English Premiership. In 2015 he returned to the U.S. and played with New York Athletic Club.
He continued his professional rugby career in 2016 with the Sacramento Express and then joined the Glendale Raptors and Glendale Merlins.
John Quill and USA Rugby National Team
John Quill has earned 29 caps for the USA Rugby Men’s National Team. He debuted for the Eagles (No. 435) against Russia at Colwyn Bay on November 9, 2012. He played in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in three matches, with one start. Then be taken some time off from the team before returning in 2017. His most recent match was on November 24, 2018, against Ireland in Dublin.
John’s Eagles statistics includes 29 international test matches between 2012-2018. Nineteen of the matches he started and he scored four tries.