Rugby New York vs NOLA Gold Preview

Rugby New York hosts NOLA Gold on Sunday, May 1 at 3 pm ET at JFK Stadium in Hoboken, New Jersey. Tickets are available and the match will be streamed internationally on The Rugby Network.

In the first meeting between the teams on March 19 at the Gold Mine, Rugby New York beat NOLA Gold 30-19.

Preceding the match at noon is Rugby New York Foundry vs the Toronto Arrows Senior Academy side.

Rugby New York

New York enters the weekend in third place in the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Arrows nipping at their heels. New York has a game in hand over the Arrows, but a win is needed to keep some distance between the teams.

Head Coach Marty Veale has made three changes in the starters and one in the reserves. Sak Taulaufu and Dylan Fawsit are at loosehead prop and hooker, respectively, with Nick Civetta at lock. Joe Basser also re-joins the matchday squad as a reserve back row.

New York has two of the top MLR players in carrying meters with Ed Fidow in 3rd place with 915 meters and Fasi Fuatai in 9th place with 815. Ed Fidow is also one of the leading try scorers with 6 tries.


NOLA Gold has been a dangerous team on the attack and Rugby New York will be wary.

Head Coach Kane Thompson, who received a two-year contract extension through 2024 earlier in the week, made one change in the starters and three in the reserves since last week’s match. Dino Waldren returns at tighthead with Brian Nault rotating to the reserves. Pat O’Toole, Kavika Peniata, and jack Webster joined the squad as reserves.

JP Du Plessis was a week 12 All-MLR selection.

Squads with Player Article Links

Rugby New York: 1 Sak Taulafo 2 Dylan Fawsitt 3 Kalolo TuilomaNate Brakeley (C) 5 Nick CivettaBen Bonasso 7 Brendon O’ConnorKara Pryor 9 Andy Ellis 10 Jack Heighton 11 Ed Fidow 12 Jason Emery 13 Faasiu Fuatai 14 Ismail Shabazz 15 Troy Lockyear 16 Kaleb Geiger 17 Chance Wenglewski 18 Nic Mayhew 19 Charlie Hewitt 20 Joe Basser 21Connor Buckley 22 Sam Windsor 23 Quinn Ngawati

NOLA Gold: 1 Kevin Sullivan 2 Eric Howard 3 Dino Waldren 4  Ignacio Dotti 5 Billy Stewart 6 Moni Tonga’uiha 7 Devin Short 8 Cam Dolan (C) 9 Damian Stevens 10 Robbie Coleman 11 Nick Feakes 12 JP du Plessis 13 Juan Cappiello 14 Harley Wheeler 15 JP Eloff 16 Pat O’Toole 17 Kavika Peniata 18 Brian Nault 19  William Waguespack 20 Maciu Koroi 21 Devereaux Ferris 22 Ross Depperschmidt  23 Jack Webster

2022 Records

Rugby New York: Record 6-4, 32 points, 3rd place

NOLA Gold: Record 3-8, 19 points, 5th place

  • NOLA Gold 13-24 New England Free Jacks
  • NOLA Gold 9-14 Rugby ATL
  • NOLA Gold 23-24 Toronto Arrows
  • Seattle Seawolves 24-25 NOLA Gold
  • Dallas Jackals 26-32 NOLA Gold
  • NOLA Gold 19-30 Rugby New York
  • Old Glory 22-31 NOLA Gold 
  • New England Free Jacks 33-29 NOLA Gold  
  • NOLA Gold 17-34 Rugby ATL
  • Toronto Arrows 53-36 NOLA Gold  
  • NOLA Gold 10-32 Austin Gilgronis
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