Rugby United New York re-signed Troy Lockyear for the 2023 Major League Rugby season, his fourth season with the club. The 26-year-old fullback/center is 6’2″ and 195 lbs.
Troy played 569 minutes in 9 starts and scored one try for Rugby New York in 2022. Injuries, however, ended his season prematurely. He has recovered and looks forward to making an impact on the team in 2023.
Troy, AKA “The Magician,” played 396 minutes in 6 matches, with 4 starts during the 2021 season. In 2020 he played 121 minutes in his two starts during the 2020 MLR season.
Troy is from Heversham, England, and attended Eton College from 2010-2015. He was a multi-sport athlete who played rugby, soccer, cricket, and track and field. He excelled in rugby, earning the Vice-Captaincy of the Senior team at Eton College. He spent time with the Premiership’s Wasps Academy, where he started as a fullback for the club. He also earned county representative honors from 2010- 2015. He also played with the U18s Southern Lambs in 2014.
Troy continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley from 2015-2019, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. He played rugby with Cal’s Varsity Rugby Program, however, injuries during his first two seasons limited his playing time.
After impressing the Golden Bears’ coaching staff at Cal’s Varsity Rugby camp, Lockyear committed to the Cal Berkeley rugby powerhouse to continue his academic and athletic career. The rangy fullback arrived on campus in the fall of 2015 and was expected to make an immediate impact. However, untimely injuries throughout his first two seasons limited his playing time.
In his final two years with the Golden Bears, he started as a fly-half and fullback. He achieved several honors while at Cal. He was a Collegiate All-American and First Team All PAC 12 selection in both rugby sevens and XVs. He was a 2018 Collegiate Rugby Sevens National Championship Dream Team selection for Rugby 7s Magazine 2018. Cal won the 2016 and 2017 Varsity Cup National Championship and won two National 7s Championships.
Troy played for the Collegiate All-Americans 23-22 victory over Canadian University XVs in 2019 and for the Collegiate All-Americans at the Rugbytown 7s that year.
Since September, Troy has been employed in Pembroke and Rye in London, England in Design Work Placement.