AJ MacGinty

AJ MacGinty
USA Rugby Eagle Profile
Eagle No.461
BornFebruary 26, 1990
HometownDublin / Montana
PositionFly half (XV)
High School Blackrock College
Club Sale Sharks
Caps XV: 21
College Life University
Previous Clubs
Connacht Rugby
Blackrock College RFC
Twitter  @Aj_MacGinty
Instagram  @ajmacginty

A graduate of Blackrock College, MacGinty played with the Blackrock College RFC academy before moving to New York on a visa where he began playing with New York Athletic. In 2012, MacGinty moved to Marietta, Georgia to pursue a degree in Sport Health Science and excelled on the rugby pitch at out-half for the Life Running Eagles.

MacGinty made his debut for the United States in July 2015 against Samoa during the Pacific Nations Cup. In the U.S. team's last match of the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup against Canada, MacGinty scored all of the team's points, including a last minute drop goal, to win the match 15–13. The star athlete was the U.S. team's leading scorer throughout the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup, scoring 44 points in three matches.

Following his performances in the Nations Cup, MacGinty was named in the American squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He featured in three of the team's four games, starting in each of his appearances and scoring 25 points. Shortly thereafter MacGinty moved back to Ireland as he was signed to play professionally for Connacht in the Celtic League, formerly known as the Guinness PRO12 (now Guinness PRO14), for the 2015-2016 season.

MacGinty made his domestic debut for Connacht appearing off the bench in their 33–19 win over Benetton Treviso on November 6th, 2015. Eight days later, MacGinty made his European debut in the first match of the 2015–16 Challenge Cup, starting at fly half and scoring nine points. MacGinty led Connacht to a 28–23 bonus point win over Edinburgh in March 2016 and, as Alan Lorimer of The Irish Times wrote, "...controlled matters expertly."

All of this culminated with Connacht making history for the very first time in their 121 years of existence as they would win their first major championship by defeating, European and Irish powerhouse, Leinster by a score of 20-10. MacGinty played all 80 minutes and "...carried out the ambitious game-plan with calm assurance," said Ruaidhri O'Connor, reporter for The Irish Independent.

In May of 2016, it was announced that MacGinty would join the English Premiership Sale Sharks to replace outgoing fly half, Danny Cipriani.

Match List

04 Feb, 4:00 pmToyota FieldUruguayMen's Eagles
29 - 23
10 Jun, 5:00 pmRed Bull ArenaIrelandMen's Eagles
19 - 55
17 Jun, 7:00 pmFifth Third Bank StadiumGeorgiaMen's Eagles
17 - 21
24 Jun, 3:00 pmTim Hortons FieldCanadaMen's Eagles
Rugby World Cup Qualifier
28 - 28
01 Jul, 6:00 pmTorero StadiumCanadaMen's Eagles
Rugby World Cup Qualifier
52 - 16
18 Nov, 11:00 amBRITA-ArenaGermanyMen's Eagles
Autumn Internationals
46 - 17
25 Nov, 12:00 amMikheil Meskhi Stadium (Lokomotivi Stadium)GeorgiaMen's Eagles
Autumn Internationals
20 - 21
18 Jul, 10:00 pmAvaya StadiumSamoaMen's Eagles
16 - 21
24 Jul, 11:00 pmBonney FieldJapanMen's Eagles
23 - 18
30 Aug, 3:00 pmPPL ParkHarlequinsMen's Eagles
Pre-Rugby World Cup
19 - 24
20 Sep, 7:00 amFalmer StadiumSamoaMen's Eagles
16 - 25
27 Sep, 9:30 amElland RoadScotlandMen's Eagles
16 - 39
11 Oct, 3:00 pmKingsholm StadiumJapanMen's Eagles
18 - 28
18 Jun, 9:00 pmAvaya StadiumItalyMen's Eagles
20 - 24
25 Jun, 10:00 pmBonney FieldRussiaMen's Eagles
25 - 0
09 Jun, 8:00 pmDick's Sporting Goods ParkRussiaMen's Eagles
62 - 13
16 Jun, 9:00 pmBBVA Compass StadiumScotlandMen's Eagles
30 - 29
23 Jun, 3:00 pmWanderers GroundsCanadaMen's Eagles
June Internationals
42 - 17
02 Feb, 12:00 amEstadio San Carlos de ApoquindoChileMen's Eagles
71 - 8
09 Feb, 3:30 pmMarabunta Rugby ClubArgentina XVMen's Eagles
14 - 45