Rugby United New York re-signed Harry Bennett for the 2022 season, who he has played with since 2018. The 31-year-old flyhalf/fullback (32 in March) is 5’10” and 190 lbs.
Harry played 628 minutes in 17 matches, starting 7 times at flyhalf when Dan Hollinshead was injured. He perhaps had one of his best seasons as a professional and was invaluable for the team reaching the Eastern Conference Final.
Harry played in all five matches during the 2020 season as a key reserve. In 2019 he played in 279 minutes in 9 matches, made 3 penalty goals, and kicked 15 times for 479 meters. He also carried 10 times for 50 meters, made 47 passes, and 26 tackles. He started for RUNY’s first exhibition match against the Ontario Arrows in 2018, but an injury sustained during the match curtailed the rest of his season.
Following the 2019 MLR season, Harry played for NYAC Rugby in the American Rugby Premiership.
Harry is from Scone, New South Wales, Australia. He is 28-years-old, 5’11”, and 195 lbs. and has played flyhalf, inside center, or fullback. He attended King’s College in Parramatta and also has attended the University of South California.
Harry played at King’s College, as well as, representative rugby for the Australian Schoolboys in 2009. He also played for the Super Rugby NSW Waratahs Junior Squad, while playing for Eastern Suburbs, which plays in the Intrust Super Shute Shield.
He played his final season with Eastern Suburbs in 2014 and at the end of the season toured with the Australian Barbarians. With the latter team, Harry played against the Australia Under-20s.
Harry moved to the U.S. in 2015 and played for Santa Monica in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, winning PRP Rookie of the Year honors. He also helped the Gentlemen of Aspen win the 2015 Ruggerfest.
In 2016 was the starting flyhalf for the Sacramento Express. Following the season, he moved to New York and played with New York Athletic Club in the 2016 American Rugby Premiership. The team had an outstanding season and advanced to the USA Rugby National Championship Final. He has played with NYAC since then, except for playing with RUNY in their first MLR exhibition season match in 2018 against the Arrows.
Harry is a versatile back and continues to perform well for the team during the 16-match MLR regular season. He provides leadership and his accurate kicking is a tactical weapon.
Harry has had rugby coaching experience as the Assistant Varsity and Backs Coach at Fordham Prepreparatory School
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