The Seattle Seawolves signed Matthew Duncan for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year old prop is 6’0″ and 250lbs.
Matt is from Jonesborough, Tennessee, and began playing football at the age of 10. It was a sport that he would continue at Daniel Boone High School and following his graduation in 2010, he continued to play middle linebacker at the Unversity of Charleston in West Virginia. He played for the Golden Eagles from 2010-2014 and graduated in 2015. He earned 1st team All-Mountain East and 2nd team BSN All-Region as a senior.
Following his graduation, he joined his sister, Jennine Detiveaux (Duncan), in the Pacific Northwest. She is a capped USA Eagle and currently plays for Exeter in the English Premiership. Before joining Exeter this season, she played with Seattle Rugby Club as a wing. She convinced Matt to come out to a touch rugby session, and after going to training, he joined the club.
Matt played his first rugby during Spring 2018 with the “Seattle Orcas’ Division 1 side in a British Columbia Rugby Union match on the wing and eventually found a starting spot on the men’s premiership side in the front row after proving his strength and technical projection.”
“He joined the Seawolves’ training camp as an Academy athlete a few weeks back. A quick learner and explosive athlete, the US eligible front-rower joins the Seawolves with a prime opportunity for advanced development in the professional environment.”
“I’m so thankful to get this opportunity to be a part of this organization to advance my rugby career,” said Duncan. “I hope that I can give back to the club as much as this organization will give me.”
Matt played for Seattle Rugby Club in a January 2019 preseason match against the Seattle Seawolves.