The Dallas Jackals signed Dallas Harlequins forward and strength and conditioning coach, Matt Frings, to a developmental player contract for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. He also has played in the back row with the Quins. The 27-year-old hooker is 5’10” and 215 lbs.
Matt, who is from Nottingham, United Kingdom, began playing rugby at 9 years old for Nottingham RFC. Matt says, “this club blended the values of rugby with a performance focus which had a big impact on me growing up.” Along with rugby, Matt played soccer, but says “rugby is unique in the synergy that is required to produce an effective performance.”
He attended High Pavement College and played club rugby with Paviors Rugby Football Club. He then attended the University of Central Lancashire, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning.
He represented his county playing for Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire RFU at the U18 and U20 levels. He went on to be selected for the England North U20 side.
After high school, he moved to Brisbane, Australia, and played rugby at the University of Queensland. He then played for the Preston Grasshoppers in the National League 2 North before moving to the United States and joining the Dallas Harlequins as a player and the team’s Strength & Conditioning Coach. This will be his third year with the team as a coach. He also captained the Quins in 2020.
After moving to the U.S., Matt also attended New Mexico State University for a year.
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Asked about the opportunity to join the Jackals Development Program, “I’m excited to be involved in the dynamic expansive style of play the team is looking to develop. Training is going to be challenging and is going to force me to continue to improve. I am looking forward to ripping in fighting for my place in the team.”
He continued, “I am looking forward to seeing the rugby community get behind the Jackals – professional rugby has been a long time coming and everyone is excited for opening day.”
Elaine Vassie, Jackals GM, said, “Great to be able to welcome Matt back as a development player as we head into the 2022 season. Now with more time at hooker under his belt, we are excited to see his transition continue to progress as he commences work with us.”
Welcome back to the Pack Matt!