England International Joins New York Rugby Team In Groundbreaking Move
England international and former Northampton Saints star Ben Foden will be plying his trade in the USA next year with the newly-formed Major League Rugby (MLR) franchise Rugby United New York.
The groundbreaking move sees the utility back become the first big-name marquee player to make the move to America and play MLR.
“We’re absolutely delighted Ben has signed for us,” Rugby United New York General Manager James English said.
“As one of the most influential and talented fullbacks in the Premiership over the last decade, the opportunity of signing him was too good to turn down. Ben brings a wealth of premiership and international experience to Rugby United New York.
His signing is a real statement of intent by the club. We’re looking forward to the impact he can have on the field, culturally, and off the field, aiding in the development of young talent in the tristate area. We look forward to welcoming Ben to New York.”
Foden, who has 34 caps for England, is hugely excited about the move.
“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining MLR next season with Rugby United New York,” Foden said.
“It’s a new franchise in the most exciting city in the world. After my experience playing in the English Premiership for 14 seasons, the opportunity to broaden horizons, in both a playing sense, as well as taking a step into the coaching role, seems like the right move.
I fully believe America to be the next big rugby playing nation and can’t wait to help develop young talent through the professional ranks. My family and I have always wanted to venture over across the pond to America, and now have the opportunity, which we look forward to seizing with both hands.”