NOLA Gold signed Aaron Matthews for the 2022 Major League Rugby season after a trade with the Seattle Seawolves.
Aaron was the 5th pick in the Major League Rugby Collegiate 2020 Draft. The 24year-old center/wing is 5’10” and 190 lbs.
Aaron played 463 minutes in 11 matches, starting 5, and scored 1 try in 2021 for the Seawolves.
Aaron is from Phoenix, Arizona, and lives in Irvine, California. He attended Jserra Catholic High School where he played football and played rugby with Back Bay Rugby Club. He was a High School All-American in 2014 and was selected for Team USA for the Youth Olympics in Sevens in Nanjing, China. He also toured Argentina for the Rugby 4 Nations BHSAA tour in 2014.
He was one of the original Eagle Impact Rugby Academy players and has been a USA age-grade player for the U17s, HSAAs, U20s, and MCAAs.
Aaron attended Saint Mary’s College of California from 2015-2020 and graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. While playing rugby for the Gaels, he was selected for the 2017 USA U20s, a Collegiate All American Honorable Mention in 2017, a 2019 Scholz Award Finalist, a 2019 All America, and an Honorable Mention All America 7s in 2019. He also was named for the SMC Leadership Award for 2019-2020 and was a California All-Conference selection.
NOLA Gold Comments
“We are very excited to have Aaron in Gold this season. He is a player that we have scouted since his days at St. Mary’s and we had him at the top of our board in the 2020 Draft. He is a versatile player that is coachable, tough, and very skilled. We are happy to have another great American player on the rise.”
– Ryan Fitzgerald, GM