Rugby ATL has signed Matt Heaton according to Rugby Canada. The 26-year-old openside flanker (27 once the season begins) is 6’3″, and 220 lbs. He also has played lock.
Matt is from Godmanchester, Quebec and attended Chateauguay Valley Regional High School where he played rugby for the Spartans. He also played for Saint-Anne-De-Bellevue Rugby Club, for the Dog River Howlers, and the Atlantic Rock.
In 2013 he played for the Canada Under-20s in the World Rugby Trophy competition and in the IRB Americas Rugby Championship. He has played for Canada A and made his debut for the Senior National team on June 11, 2016, against Japan. The last of his 25 tests, was against the U.S. on September 7, 2019.
Matt has also been selected for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will join Rugby ATL following the conclusion of Canada’s participation.
The last five years Matt has played rugby in the United Kingdom. From 2015-2016 he played with Otley RFC in the National 2 North and then signed with Darlington Mowden Park in the National One in 2016 and captained the side in the 2018-2019 season.