Ryan Matterson

Ryan Matterson
Personal information
Born (1994-10-13) 13 October 1994 (age 27)
Greenacre, New South Wales, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 109 kg (17 st 2 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016–18 Sydney Roosters 60 10 0 0 40
2019 Wests Tigers 24 5 0 0 20
2020– Parramatta Eels 36 7 0 0 28
Total 120 22 0 0 88
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016–18 City Origin 2 1 0 0 4
As of 18 Sept 2021
Source: [1]

Ryan Matterson (born 13 October 1994) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row forward and five-eighth for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL.

He previously played for the Sydney Roosters, with whom he won the 2018 NRL Grand Final and the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. Matterson has also played for the City Origin side.


Matterson was born in Greenacre, New South Wales, Australia. He is the nephew of former Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos player Terry Matterson.[2]

Matterson played his junior rugby league for the Wentworthville Magpies and Bankstown Bulls, before being signed by the Parramatta Eels.

Playing career

Early career

From 2012 to 2014, Matterson played for the Parramatta Eels' NYC team.[3] In 2014, he captained the side.[4]

Matterson playing for Parramatta in 2014

On 3 May 2014, he played for the New South Wales under-20s team against the Queensland under-20s team.[5] On 26 June 2014, he re-signed with the Eels on a 3-year contract.[6] On 18 October 2014, he played for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis.[7] In 2015, he graduated to Eels' New South Wales Cup team, Wentworthville Magpies.[8] In August 2015, he signed a 2-year contract with the Sydney Roosters starting in 2016.[9]


In Round 8 of the 2016 NRL season, Matterson made his NRL debut for the Roosters against the St. George Illawarra Dragons,[10][11] scoring a try.[12] On 8 May, he played for NSW City against NSW Country, after just two NRL appearances, playing at centre and taking an intercept to set up a try, before scoring one himself in the second half of City's 44-30 victory.[13]


Matterson made 23 appearances for Easts in 2017 as the club fell short of a grand final appearance losing to North Queensland in the preliminary final 29-16.[14][15]


In 2018, Matterson was part of the Roosters which won their 4th minor premiership in 6 years. On 30 September, Matterson played in Easts 21-6 victory over Melbourne in the 2018 NRL grand final. This would be the final appearance for Matterson as an Eastern Suburbs player as he had signed a three year deal to join the Wests Tigers starting in 2019.[16][17]


Matterson made his debut for the Wests Tigers in round 1 of the 2019 NRL season against Manly-Warringah at Leichhardt Oval.[18]

Matterson scored his first try for the club in round 4 against Penrith which the Wests Tigers lost 9-8.[19][20]

Matterson made a total of 24 appearances for the club in the 2019 NRL season as they finished ninth and missed out on the finals. On September 19, Matterson was granted leave from training for the final part of the year due to personal reasons.[21]

Having been granted a release from the Wests Tigers on October 31, Matterson then signed a three-year deal with the Parramatta Eels, his junior club, on November 7.[22]


On 3 February, Matterson spoke to the media for the first time since joining Parramatta and apologised publicly to supporters of the Wests Tigers club saying "To all the fans out there I'm sorry for how it happened, I do say sorry to them and I understand their frustrations but it was kind of out of my control, "I don't sign contracts to purposefully want to leave. Something did happen at the Tigers, and I'm sorry that happened so with the intention of signing with Parramatta, I do want to stay here permanently and long-term and really enjoy my football. I was frustrated when it was perceived [to be] about money. It wasn't. That just wasn't the case".[23]

Matterson made his debut for Parramatta in round 1 of the 2020 NRL season against arch rivals Canterbury-Bankstown. Parramatta would go on to win the match 8-2.[24]

In round 5, Matterson scored the winning try for Parramatta as the club defeated Penrith 16-10. The result saw Parramatta win their first five games of the year which was their best start to a season since 1986.[25]

In round 11, Matterson faced his former club Wests Tigers for the first time since departing them under bitter circumstances. Early in the first half, he was taken from the field with concussion after being knocked out attempting a tackle on Wests player Russell Packer. Matterson took no further part in the match as Parramatta won 26-16.[26]

At the end of the 2020 regular season, Parramatta finished in third place and qualified for the finals. Matterson played in both finals matches where the club lost to Melbourne and South Sydney.[27]


In round 2 against Melbourne, Matterson was taken from the field with concussion after being elbowed in the head by Melbourne player Felise Kaufusi. As a result, Matterson missed the following five matches.[28]

In round 12 against South Sydney, Matterson was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle during Parramatta's 38-20 loss.[29]

In round 22 against Manly, Matterson was sent off for high contact to the head of Brad Parker during Parramatta's 56-10 loss.[30] On 16 August, Matterson was suspended for three matches in relation to the tackle.[31] Matterson missed the first week of the finals due to his suspension but returned for Parramatta's semi-final against Penrith which Parramatta lost 8-6 ending their season.[32]


  1. ^ "Ryan Matterson - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Eels re-sign Terry Matterson's nephew". NRL.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ "M". Nyc Database. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ NRL. "Matterson: We Gave It Everything - Eels". Parraeels.com.au. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ "NSW State of Origin Under-20s named". NRL.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ ParraEels.com.au (26 June 2014). "Eels re-sign Ryan Matterson". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Junior Kangaroos side to face NZ". NRL.com. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ NRL. "VB NSW CUP TEAMS ROUND 1". NSWRL. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  9. ^ SMH.com.au (2 August 2015). "Interest in late-bloomer O'Brien". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
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  11. ^ NRL. "NRL Late Mail | Round 8". Roosters. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Dragons hold on in Anzac Day thriller". NRL.com. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Updated: Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  14. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/matches/Custom/MTEtMTY5Ni00LS0tLS0tMjI3MjctLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0t
  15. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/23/cowboys-fairytale-continues-into-grand-final-with-upset-win-over-roosters
  16. ^ https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/live-nrl-grand-final-2018-storm-vs-roosters-from-anz-stadium/news-story/201676e5e809c4713bcd150d9d0687da
  17. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/09/11/wests-tigers-sign-roosters-forward-ryan-matterson/
  18. ^ "Brendan Elliot's minute of madness bombs a certain try". Sporting News.
  19. ^ "The unseen hours that led to Nathan Cleary's stunning clutch plays". www.foxsports.com.au.
  20. ^ "'I've dreamt about it': Cleary's golden moment". www.nrl.com.
  21. ^ "Matterson granted leave from Wests Tigers training". NRL.
  22. ^ "Matterson returns to Eels on three-year contract". NRL.
  23. ^ "Matterson apologises to Tigers fans over ugly exit". www.nrl.com.
  24. ^ "Live NRL: After 65 minutes we FINALLY have a try — Eels rookie breaks deadlock". Fox Sports. 12 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Friday Night Results". www.abc.net.
  26. ^ "Parramatta Eels beat Wests Tigers". www.abc.net.au.
  27. ^ "WTF was that?! Eels implode with TWO howlers in 60 seconds of madness". www.foxsports.com.au.
  28. ^ "Parramatta Eels beat Melbourne Storm 16-12 in NRL thriller". www.abc.net.au.
  29. ^ "Penrith Panthers cruise past last-placed Bulldogs as Roosters and Rabbitohs also win big in NRL". www.abc.net.au.
  30. ^ "Eels star's season could be over as 'shocking' high shot earns a HUGE suspension". www.foxsports.com.au.
  31. ^ "Round 22 charges: Radley, Matterson, Harawira-Naera among seven banned". www.nrl.com.
  32. ^ "Penrith Panthers handed NRL breach notice, fined $25,000 after incident in Parramatta semi-final". www.abc.net.au.

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