San Diego Legion signed Matt ‘Mouldsy’ Moulds for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 30-year-old hooker (31 in May) is 6’2” and 235 lbs.
Matt was born in Kaipara District, New Zealand, and attended Otamatea High School. He played club rugby with the Otamatea Hawks and then with Canterbury University where he attended from 2009-2013, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Geology/ Earth Science General.
From 2013-2019 he played with Northland Taniwha in the ITM Cup (later Mitre 19 Cup). The team came in third place in 2014, and he was a captain in 2015 and 2016.
In 2014 he was part of the New Zealand Sevens wider training group and was the 14th man in the World Sevens Series in Wellington in February 2014, and remained uncapped.
In 2015 he was part of the Super Rugby Blues wider training group and made his debut for the Blues as a replacement against the Stormers. In 2016 he played in two matches with the Blues and he was signed again for 2017.
Matt played 704 minutes in 12 matches for the Worcester Warriors during the 2019-2020 season. Three of the matches were in the European Challenge Cup where he made his debut against Castres in November 2019. The following week he made his Gallagher Premiership match against the Sale Sharks.
In December 2019 he was the team captain for the Warriors matches against Gloucester. By Summer 2020 he was named the team’s captain, however, injuries prevented him from playing during the 2020-2021 season.
In 2021 he was signed to a short-term contract with Gloucester.
Matt also has a British passport based on ancestry.
San Diego Legion Comments
“Like all good Kiwi hookers, he is direct and physical when required, whilst possessing the vision to play as a free-running link player when the opportunity presents. He prides himself on his set-piece and demands high standards of those around him. Mouldsy leads from the front and his leadership skills bring out the best in all.”
“We’re looking forward to Mouldsy being a part of SD Legion and driving this team to bigger and brighter things.”