San Diego Legion re-signed Matias Freyre for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old fullback/center is 6’1″ and 195 lbs.
Matias played 962 minutes in 15 matches, starting 12, and scored 38 points (6 tries, 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals) for the Legion in 2022.
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 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 Aireunder-18s8s 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.
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.