Rugby United New York has utilized Matt Wirken at lock during their 2019 Major League Rugby preseason matches. The 29-year-old lock is 6’7″ and 270 lbs.
Last year Matt played with NOLA Gold Rugby Club and then with New York Athletic Club.
Matt is from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Rockhurst High School in 2008 and played football while there. He then went to Lindenwood University from 2012-2015 and graduated from Rockhurst University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish.
While at Lindenwood, he played rugby and was selected for the Heart of America U20 Selects. He also played with the Kansas City Blues since he was in high school from 2008-2017.
Matt played for Rugby United New York against the Capital Rugby Union Selects and against the New England Freejacks. He was also selected to play in the third preseason match against the Toronto Arrows at the Buffalo Bills Field House in Orchard Park, New York, but a bus accident in the morning precluded the team from traveling.