Rugby ATL has signed Matt Heaton to a two-year contract extension through the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old openside flanker/lock and captain (28 once the season begins) is 6’3″, and 220 lbs.
During the 2020 MLR season, he led the team in tackles made (74), though only appearing in 4 of 5 matches in 2020.
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 28 tests, was against South Africa on October 8, 2019, at the Rugby World Cup, in which he played in all three matches, starting twice.
Matt has played rugby in the United Kingdom from 2015-2019. 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. During Rugby ATL’s inaugural MLR season in 2020, he was a team leader as captain.