Rugby United New York signed Anthony Parry for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old prop is 6’0″ and 255 lbs.
Anthony attended Salisbury School (CT) from 2005-2009 and played lacrosse and football as a center and linebacker. He then attended Gettysburg College, earning a BA in Political Science and Government. He played rugby as a flanker and also was on the wrestling team.
In 2016 Anthony played for the Ohio Aviators in the inaugural U.S. professional league. If you ever wondered what is involved in building a professional team in the United States, the responsibilities of the coaches and the life of professional athletes read “Glimpse at PRO Rugby in the U.S. from Ohio Aviators Coaches & Players.” The context applies to Major League Rugby as well.
Following the PRO Rugby season, he has played for New York Athletic Club and has continued with the team since then. In 2018 he played for Rugby United New York during their 2018 exhibition season and scored the team’s first ever try against the Ontario Arrows. At the conclusion of the three-match season, he was signed by the NOLA Gold for the remainder of the 2018 Major League Rugby Season. During the Fall he played one match for the New England Freejacks against the Ontario Arrows, also scoring the first two tries of the Freejacks. After the match it was back to New York with RUNY, playing in the team’s preseason matches and preparing for the 2019 season.
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“Anthony has worked hard and steadily progressed from his initial days in professional rugby,” said RUNY Head Coach Mike Tolkin. “He became a very strong and reliable prop for us last season. We will be counting on his abilities in the 2019 campaign to make us a formidable pack within the MLR.”