Offseason Catch up with Chris Mattina
This past weekend, RUNY’s Versatile Back Chris Mattina made waves in the Rugbytown 7s Tournament, appearing for Life West. The tournament is held annually in Glendale, Colorado at Infinity Park, and continually showcases 20 of the top international and domestic 7s teams. We caught up with Chris after the weekend to get feedback on his experience at the tournament and catch up during his offseason.
RUNY: How did you find the opportunity to play with Life West?
CHRIS MATTINA: I linked up with Life West through one of my friends and former teammates, Nick Boyer, at USA 7s. I also knew the coach, Age Ferris, from last year with the USA Falcons in Glendale. I cannot say enough about how well they took care of us on this tour, it was a treat to be a part of the tournament and surrounded by such great talent.
RUNY: Why did you decide to play in RugbyTown Sevens?
CM: RugbyTown is the most competitive 7s tournament in the country and a place where you can test yourself against high level national and international team players. Coming off the Major League Rugby Season, I wanted to take a bit of break from playing. But now the rugby season for 15s is starting in the fall and I needed to start training and practicing gearing up for the 2020 MLR Season. It’s also a good place to be noticed by the National Team’s coaches.
RUNY: What other Major League Rugby players appeared for Life West?
CM: Nick Boyer and Kyle Rodgers from the San Diego Legion were there along with Deion Mikesell from the Houston Sabercats. It was great to have fellow RUNY player Seimou Smith there as a reserve over the weekend as well.
RUNY: What other MLR players appeared in the tournament?
CM: Mat Turner and Brad Tucker from the Seattle Seawolves and Keni Nasoqeqe from the San Diego Legion played over the weekend. NOLA Gold brought a team of talented players as well, finishing in 3rd place overall.
RUNY: How important is it to stay active with rugby during the offseason?
CM: It’s very important to play in the off-season because you don’t want to lose the momentum you’ve gained from playing last season. You want to keep improving your skills through paying matches in the offseason and if an opportunity to play at a tournament so reputable as RugbyTown comes your way, it’s hard to say no!
Thank you to Chris Mattina for his time. You can watch matches from the tournament here.
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