NOLA Gold re-signed Aaron Matthews through the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 25-year-old center/wing is 5’10” and 190 lbs.
Aaron played in 8 matches in 2022 with NOLA Gold after being traded by the Seattle Seawolves. He was the Seawolves’ 5th pick in the Major League Rugby Collegiate 2020 Draft and has played in 19 MLR matches. He also played in the Premier Rugby Sevens in 2022.
In 2021 he played 463 minutes in 11 matches, starting 5, and scored 1 try.
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.