NOLA Gold Rugby Club signed Carl Meyer to a three-year contract with the team through the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old fullback/center is 6’3″ and 235 lbs.
Carl started all five matches for NOLA Gold during the pandemic shortened season. Three starts were at outside center and the other two were at fullback. He was also the kicker at goal for most matches.
This past Fall, Carl played with Rhino Rugby Tens at the World Tens Series in Bermuda. In the 2021 NOLA Gold preseason, Carl started at fullback against the Houston SaberCats.
Carl is from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and finished Maritzburg College in 2009. He played cricket his first year and then concentrated on rugby, playing for the first team and making the Pietermaritzburg Schools side his final year. He played rugby in the Sharks Academy and Under-19 squad from 2010-2011. In 2011, he also spent time with the Investec International Elite Rugby Academy.
Meyer played for the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Varsity Cup and pursued a Marketing Degree, but left prior to graduating to join Ebbw Vale RFC from 2013-15 in the Welsh Principality Premiership. He then signed with the Dragons from 2015-2018 in the PRO14 competition, the Anglo-Welsh Cup, and the European Challenge Cup.
In 2019 Meyer played for the Northwood Crusaders in Durban, South Africa.
When he is not involved with rugby, Carl enjoys playing golf, exploring new destinations, and spending time with friends and family.
NOLA Gold 2020 Comments
General Manager Ryan Fitzgerald said that “We are very excited to have Carl join the NOLA Gold brotherhood. With his experience and professionalism, coming from the PRO14 level with the Dragons, he will really fit into and add to our momentum and the NOLA Gold culture here.”
“He brings tremendous versatility, toughness, size, and speed to the midfield and gives Coach Osborne another weapon in that already very loaded backline. We’re really excited to have him on board for the next three years and see where this takes us.”