AJ MacGinty rugby player
AJ MacGinty rugby player

AJ MacGinty

25th Feb 1990 1.85m/91kg Fly Half

Born in Dublin, the Irish native has burst through the ranks for the US Eagles in 2015 making his debut against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup.

MacGinty attended Blackrock College and played with Blackrock RFC up until 20s before he moved to the US. He studied Sports Science at Life University in Georgia.

Following his participation in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, MacGinty was signed by Connacht for the 2015–16 Pro12 season. Connacht head coach Pat Lam said the province had been following MacGinty since the Pacific Nations Cup earlier in the year.

MacGinty made his domestic debut for Connacht appearing off the bench in their 33–19 win over Benetton Treviso on November 6th, 2015. He then made his European debut on 14 November 2015 in the first match of the 2015–16 Challenge Cup, starting at fly-half and scoring nine points. The 26-year-old led Connacht to a 28–23 bonus point win over Edinburgh in March 2016 and "controlled matters expertly" to manage Connacht's fifth consecutive win and maintain first place in the Pro12.

In May 2015 it was announced that MacGinty would join English Premiership side Sale Sharks when his deal with Connacht finished in the summer, with South African-capped Marnitz Boshoff taking his place at the province. He was signed as a replacement for outgoing England international Danny Cipriani.

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.

In May 2016, the out-half was in preparation to play a prominent role in the Connacht's Pro12 final against Leinster.

In January 2017, he was named in the USA team ahead of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship.

In May 2017, MacGinty was named in the USA Men's Eagles squad for the Summer Series and Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifiers in June and July, after winning 10 caps.

In March 2018, Sale Sharks re-signed MacGinty on a new four-year contract.

(LS March 1, 2018)

Career

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Fly Half
2015 - present
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Fly Half
2016 - present
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Fly Half
2015 - 2016