Sean MacLaney has been playing rugby for 16 years since he started in First grade with the Westfield Owls. He went on to play with the Rahway flag program as well. He played at all of the youth tackle levels the Mudturtles offered from U12 through U18, both 15s and 7s. In High School, he played in 4 years of U18 state championships, winning 3 of them, including when he was Captain of the NJ 2019 Division 1 Club Champions. He played on the RCT all four years of high school and was All-State his sophomore, junior and senior years. In 2016, he was asked to join the USA National Player Development camp. He also started on the Mudturtle U18 team that played in the U.S. Nationals in 2018.
During High School, he also played with the prestigious Atlantis Rugby 7s club, winning two national championships (CRCs and Tropical 7s).
After high school, Sean received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he had an immediate impact on the team. He played on the varsity squad as a plebe (freshman). Since then, he has started at scrumhalf as Navy has risen through the ranks to be the #1 team in Division 1A Collegiate Rugby.
This upcoming weekend, he is playing in the Division1A National Championship game - Navy vs. Cal on May 6, 2023, which can be watch on therugbynetwork at 7:30 pm. During the playoffs, he was voted the "Man of the Match" in Navy's win over Army when Sean lead his team with their opening try of the game.