New York Knights
NEW YORK KNIGHTS
President - Robert Balachandran
Manager - Chris Doyle
Head Coach - Guilliame Ciuetat
Captain - Gareth Baxendale
Pier 40 in Hudson River Park, Manhattan
Season Preview and Expectations:
The New York Knights are the reigning Champions and the 2011 title winners were arguably one of the best teams ever assembled in the history of American Rugby League. Under the coaching direction of Guilliame Ciuetat and leadership of USA Tomahawks international Gareth Baxendale, the Knights swept all before them in 2011. They will once again be the hot favorite for the 2012 crown, with a high level off field administration and coaching staff along with experienced and exciting personnel to guide their on field performance.
Players to watch in 2012:
- Ben Sadgrove is an excellent replacement for injured Xavier Lozinguez who has is recovering from knee surgery. Sadgrove is no stranger to the AMNRL competition having won the a cup final as part of the Knights first championship team. Big and powerful. He will be pushing for Tomahawks selection in 2012.
- Michael Cartwright returns after a seaon off. He is determined to regain his starting position in the Knights and Tomahawks fornt row.
- John Dykeman is a workhorse who has been recognized for his non stop efforts with selection in the USA squads for the recent Donnybrook and 'Ohana Cups where he was not out of place mixing it at the international level. He provides the Knights go forward and starch in the middle of the ruck.
- Justin Ripley and Ian Elliott and consistent performers who have had success in both domestic and international competition. Big men who can pose a significant threat either side of the ball.
2012 Team Roster: