Rugby United New York signed Connor Buckley from Iona College for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old scrumhalf is 5’7″ and 172 lbs.
Connor is from Rockaway Beach, New York, and graduated Xavier High School in 2017. At Xavier, Connor played JV football from 2012-14 and Varsity football from 2014-2016. He also played rugby helping the team to four state titles and national team appearances and was a team captain. He was also a Boys High School All-American and in 2017 the team swept Canada.
Following his graduation, he went to Iona College beginning in the Fall 2017 term and will graduate in December 2020, so he can play professionally in the MLR. He was a USA Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention and played for the USA U20s in the World Rugby Trophy competition qualifiers. The Iona College Rugby co-captain was also a D1A Rugby Liberty All-Conference first-team selection and 2020 Scholz Award Finalist. Connor has been mentored by three-time Rugby World Cup scrum-half Mike Petri.
Rugby United New York considered Connor to be their “number one target in the college draft because he’s a New Yorker (just like Us!) “However, after trading two their two draft picks for a foreign slot, the team waited. and once the second draft was completed, Rugby United was on the phone…..And he said YES!!!!
The team is SUPER excited to welcome Connor to the Rugby United New York family!
Connor was a featured player ahead of the MLR Collegiate Draft.