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Matt Wirken

Wirken is a proud example of the good ‘ol American heartland. Hailing from Kansas City Missouri, it was in his hometown that Wirken started playing his rugby in his senior year of high school. Putting it down to the fact he was surrounded by family who were playing and madly in love with the sport, Wirken quit lacrosse and committed fully to his new found passion. Joining local club the ‘Kansas City Blues,’ Wirken proved a natural for the sport. Due to his work ethic and willingness to throw himself in to all physical aspects of the game, Wirken was asked to join the Heart of America Select Side in his first two years playing.

By the end of his time with the KC Blues he had been named captain, leading by example as the clubs MVP and Forward of the Year in 2017. Now with 9 years of rugby experience under his belt, Wirken was officially signed to the NOLA Gold in the Spring of 2018 where he had a stellar season, being named to the MLR ‘First XV of the Week’ for week 5 of the competition.

After a big season Wirken moved to NYC and joined up with NYAC one of the Big Apple’s premiere club sides last Fall before being signed to RUNY for the upcoming season. Wirken’s locker room impact, gritty work ethic and MLR experience make him a big signing for RUNY who are pumped to have him in the squad. Welcome to the ‘Jungle’ Matt Wirken.

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Position Second Row
Height 6'7"
Weight 250
Hometown Kansas City, MO