The Houston SaberCats added Mathew Faoagali for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 22-year-old No 8 is 6’1″ and 242 lbs.
Matty was born in American Samoa and moved to New Zealand with his family while young. He attended a church-affiliated school, De La Salle College, where he started playing rugby in the 1a Auckland schools competition in both rugby 15s and 7s.
He then played for the Auckland Samoa Rugby Union Under-18s and men’s division in 2013 and for the same in 2014 with the East Tamaki Rugby Union.
He then moved to Australia where he competed for the Sunbury Tigers and the Melton Warriors in Melbourne and then with Penrith Rugby Union in the Sydney Shute Shield before finishing in 2018 with the West Harbour Pirates, Warringah Rugby, and the Western Sydney Two Blues in 2018 and 2019.
Matty originally signed with the Houston SaberCats in 2019 but returned home for personal reasons. He now joins the SaberCats for 2020.