For Ryan Matyas, his introduction to rugby came early. He first laced up his boots for the Tucson Barbarians U19 at the age of 12 and since then his career has taken him to Wales with Tondu, RFC and New Zealand with the East Coast Bays RFC and North Harbor Sevens. Drawn to seeing the “transition and growth of players”, Ryan has also devoted his considerable rugby experience to the development of others through coaching. During his time in New Zealand He was hired by New Zealand Rugby Union to serve as a Youth Development Officer in North Harbor region and currently coaches within the San Diego Mustangs Youth Program. After call up to the USA sevens program, Ryan’s talents were eventually sought for the 15s squad and he became Eagle no. 486 in 2016 during the Americas Rugby Championship against Chile. Fresh off the November Internationals tour with the Eagles, Matyas is settling into his work as a veteran center/winger with the San Diego Legion where he’ll contribute his talent and rugby IQ to improving on their successful inaugural.