San Diego Legion signed Matias Freyre for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old fullback/center is 6’1″ and 195 lbs.
Matias played 400 minutes in 5 starts, scoring 2 tries before injury curtained his 2021 season with the Houston SaberCats. Matias proved to be a valuable addition to the Sabercats in 2020, playing 275 minutes in four starts, splitting time at center and fullback.
Matias was born in Kansas City. and grew up playing rugby in Buenos Aires. He attended the Colegio Cardenal Newman, graduating in 2012. He then pursued an Administration & Management degree first at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina and then Universidad del Salvador. He also has a diploma in Management Leadership in Sports Organizations from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires and has done a post-graduate program in Law and Management of Freight at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina.
Matias played rugby for Club Newman from 2015-2019. He has played representative Rugby for the Buenos Aires under 18s and Under-21s teams. He also played for the Argentina Pumas twice in the HSBC World Sevens Series, making his debut at the Singapore Sevens in 2018.
The Houston SaberCats are excited to have Matias, a versatile back, who is as comfortable in the midfield as he is at fullback. He is a strong ball carrier and has injected some flair and pace to the Sabercats backline.
According to Americas Rugby News, Freyre, notably, is potentially Eagles-eligible under the new Union Transfer regulation having been born in Kansas City. “he last played for the Pumas Sevens side in April of 2018, meaning he has already fulfilled the three-year stand-down period required. This should qualify him as a domestic player in MLR.