San Diego Legion signed Paddy Ryan for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 34-year-old tighthead prop is 6’3″ and 265 lbs.
He returns to the Legion after playing for the team in 2019 and after rejoining the team duuring the 2021 season. He then played in 2022 with the Japanese club Sanix Blues and the Waratahs in Super Rugby.
He joined the Sanix Blues following the 2019 Major League Rugby season with the Legion where he played 1104 minutes in 18 matches, starting 16, and scoring 2 tries
Paddy is from Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. He attended St. Joseph’s College and Sydney University.
He played for the Australian Schoolboys in 2006 and then spent a year in Ireland before returning to Australia and joining the Junior Waratahs development system. He also played in the Sydney Rugby Union NSW Premiership Colts competition before going to Sydney University.
He played with the Waratahs from 2011-2018 making his debut against the Chiefs and appearing in 116 matches. He also played with the Sydney Stars in 2014, making 9 appearances and scoring 2 tries.
Paddy also earned 3 caps for Australia from 2012-2014 and is Wallaby #866. he debuted against France on November 10, 2012 and then played against Ireland the following year. In 2014 he also played against France in Brisbane.
Paddy rejoined the San Diego Legion after playing for the Sanix Blue in the Top League in Japan where he played in 2018 and again in 2020-2022. His experience in playing prop in Super Rugby was an asset in the set pieces in 2019 for San Diego and his leadership was invaluable. Except more of the same in 2021.