EVAN MINTERN is the latest Cork rugby player to join the professional ranks in the US.
The 23-year-old back-five utility player has joined the ever-growing number of Irish at Rugby United New York.
Mintern, an imposing 6-4 and 18½ stone barnstormer, is gearing up for the start of the new Major League season next month.
He played his last game for energia All-Ireland League champions, Cork Constitution, in the 35-19 home win over Ballynahinch at the end of November.
Mintern played for CBC, Munster, and Ireland U20s as well as Munster A and helped Con to league and cup triumphs.
He teams up with scrum-half Jason Higgins, who will also be in his first season in the States.
New York’s squad also includes props Paddy Ryan, formerly of Highfield and Dolphin and a brother of Field player-coach, Timmy, James Rochford from Crosshaven who also played for Con, and Dolphin and ex-Dolphin flanker, John Quill.
Dubliners Cormac Daly, who played for Clontarf against Mintern earlier in the season, and Lansdowne pair, Mark O’Keeffe and Marcus Walsh, are also with the Big Apple club.
New York’s first game is away to the New England Free Jacks in Boston on Sunday, February 9, which will have a strong Cork feel to it. That’s because former UCC scrum-half John Poland has joined the Philadelphia club, where former Con second-row Conor Kindregan is based.