James got involved with rugby in his youth, playing in his hometown for Newport RFC, going on to play in high school for the famed rugby school St. Munchin’s College. On his arrival to New York City, he played for many years for Lansdowne RFC, and for a brief period with Scioto Valley RFC (Columbus, Ohio).
After retiring from playing, James started financially supporting teams and programs such as Lansdowne, Fordham Women’s Rugby, and Play Rugby USA. He founded Ruby United New York (RUNY) in early 2017. RUNY joined Major League Rugby in November of 2017.
“Rugby is the right sport and it is the right time for it in the USA”, James said. “Rugby’s values of inclusion, equality, teamwork, and respect always resonate with me personally. Through rugby, we can share and encourage these values across the USA and beyond”.
“My goals with RUNY are humble enough, simply build the best, most supported, most successful rugby team on the planet”, James continued. “Most importantly, we need to build this in the tri-state, of the tri-state, and for the tri-state”.
Event : Being Irish in New York: Our (Mis)Understanding
Date : Thursday Oct 17
Venue : The Hunt Museum
Time : Doors at 5.30pm
Tickets : Free