NOLA Gold signed Jordan Trainor through the 2024 Major League Rugby season after acquiring his signing rights in the MLR dispersal draft of LA and Austin players. The 26-year-old fullback, who has played wing, (27 in January) is 6’1″ and 195 lbs.
Jordan played 970 minutes in his 13 starts, scored 3 tries, and carried for 804 meters for the LA Giltinis in 2022. He then played for Auckland in the Bunnings National Provincial Championship for 634 minutes in 10 matches, starting 8, and scored 3 tries.
Jordan has played in 50 NPC matches, 2 in Super Rugby and 13 in Major League Rugby. His experience will be invaluable for NOLA Gold over the next two years.
Jordan is from Auckland, New Zealand, and attended St. Peter’s College where he played rugby. He also played for Auckland’s U18s. He then attended the University of Waikato, after receiving the Sir Edmund Hilary Scholarship. While there he played with Fraser Tech Rugby Club.
He is a former New Zealand Under-20s player that played one match in the 2016 World Rugby U20s Championship in England.
In 2015-2016 he made 11 appearances in the Ranfurly Shield and the Mitre 10 Cup with Waikato. In 2016 he was signed to the Blues’ wider training group ahead of the Super Rugby season, but an injury postponed his inclusion until the 2017-2018 season. Since 2017 he played with Auckland and won the Mitre 10 Cup in 2018.