Rugby New York signed Nick Feakes for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old wing/flyhalf/fullback is 6’2″ and 195 lbs.
Nick moved north in support of his partner who will be attending a university in the area. New York sent salary cap considerations to NOLA Gold to accommodate the transfer. He has been in New York this Fall assisting Rugby New York with youth rugby coaching.
NOLA Gold Rugby Club had Nick Feakes returning to the club after missing 2020 due to an injury at the World Ten Series in Bermuda, which occurred before the MLR season. He played 862 minutes in 15 matches, starting 10, and scored 32 points (5 tries, 2 conversions, and 1 penalty goal) in 2022.
Nick was a NOLA Gold Academy coach in 2020 and in 2019 led the state’s youth rugby program. Nick will be in charge of starting up new youth rugby sites, creating programming, and developing coaches in the state.”
Nick played in two matches as a reserve in 2020 and played 965 minutes in 14 games during the 2019 MLR season. He scored 4 tries, carried 58 times for 686 meters, made 100 tackles, and kicked 29 times for 841 meters. Following the season, he played with the Kansas City Blues in the USA Club 7s Nationals.
Nick is from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory and then lived in the Philippines and Laos, before returning to Australia.
Feakes attended the Vientiane International School, Campbell High School, and then Dickson College when he returned to Australia.
While in Canberra, he played rugby from age 12-18 for the Uni-Norths Owls. Although he was a talented player, he was overlooked for the ACT Brumbies Junior representative team and turned his attention toward looking at scholarship opportunities abroad.
A scholarship to Lindenwood University came to fruition and he attended from 2014 to 2018, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. While there he was the Sports Editor for the Lindenwood student news website and was a journalist for the School newspaper.
Feakes also developed into one of the best collegiate rugby players in the U.S. and was a finalist for the Rudy Schultz Award (National Player of the Year) for 2018. In 2015 the Lions won the D1 National Championship Sevens & the Red Bull University 7s Championship. In both 2017 and 2018, he helped lead Lindenwood to the USA Collegiate National Sevens Championship and was the leading try scorer and the tournament MVP. Lindenwood also won the Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2018.
While at Lindenwood, Feakes also played for the Chicago Lions in the 2016 and 2017 Club Sevens.
Nick Feakes & USA National Team
Feakes was selected to the Collegiate All-American Under-23 team and defeated the 2018 Major League Rugby regular season first-place team, the Glendale Raptors, 55-10. He then captained the Collegiate All-Americans to a third-place finish at the 2018 Rugbytown 7s.