Rugby United New York signed Quinn Ngawati for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 21-year-old center (22 in June) is 6’4″ and 220 lbs. He is a versatile player, who has played lock and flyhalf.
Quinn was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is of Māori descent through his New Zealand father. He graduated from St Michaels University School and captained the rugby team to a Provincial Championship.
He played age-grade rugby for Canada for the U17s rugby league team and rugby union for the U19s, as well as for the 2019 U20s at the World Rugby U20 Trophy competition. For the latter, he played both center positions, started all four matches, and scored two tries.
In 2017 after a tryout with the Toronto Wolfpack, he was invited to training camp in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, England, and made the roster. He made his professional debut with the team in the 14th round as a replacement against Gloucestershire All Golds. In 2018 he was loaned, along with teammate and Old Glory DC wing, Ryan Burroughs to the London Skolars, a League 1 side. He was recalled to the Wolfpack prior to the end of the season and played against Featherstone Rovers on 23 July.
Quinn then returned to Canada and played with the Pacific Pride.
Rugby United New York will have an imposing young center in Quinn for 2021.