A homage to the original New York Rugby team the New York Nomad.
The first New York club was formed in 1929 as the New York Nomads. Thirteen men, including J.O.J. Malfroy met at James Hunter & Co. Inc., at 34 Water Street, New York to register the club. It was Malfroy (the club's first Captain) who proposed that the “club play in light blue polo shirts, or if these were unobtainable, dark blue polo shirts”. Light blue shirts were to be the official colors of the club for a number of seasons when they were changed to alternating horizontal stripes of light blue and dark blue.