Rugby United New York re-signed Eagle 428, Luke Hume for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old wing/fullback is 5’9″ and 185 lbs.
Luke rejoins the team after missing the 2020 season due to an injury sustained in the MLR semi-final against San Diego Legion in 2019. During 2019 he played 563 minutes in 11 matches and scored one try. He carried 59 times for 485 meters, made 2 linebreaks, 5 tackle breaks, 10 offloads, kicked 13 times for 351 meters, and made 22 tackles.
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 was signed for the 2019 season at wing. After missing the 2020 season due to injury, his rehabilitation is complete and he looks forward to the 2021 season.