Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 31st Mar 1995
Birthplace – Surrey
Height – 6′ 2” (1.88m)
Weight – 16st 3lbs (103kg)
Position – Back-row
Honours – Cornwall age groups, England U17s & U18s
It was announced in May 2013 that Matt was being given the opportunity to study at Truro College and, as a member of an Exeter Chiefs Academy link, also be associated with the Cornish Pirates as he looked to develop his sporting career.
After first playing his early rugby for Wadebridge Camels, Matt later represented Cornwall through the age groups, and in 2012 he captained Truro College in the AASE League and at the Sanix World Youth Tournament held in Japan. It was also a great honour when he was first selected for England under 17s and then the under 18s side.
Matt had appreciated the support given him by coaches such as Marek Churcher and Tom Rawlings at Truro College, and Rob Gibson at Exeter Chiefs Academy, whilst his dad Steve was also a massive help driving him to training and matches all around the country.
Injuries hampered Matt for lengthy spells during his first five seasons with the Pirates, however back to full fitness for the start of the 2018/19 campaign, in making 28 appearances he took his overall games tally to 88. He was also, at the club’s Dinner-Awards evening, a rightly proud recipient of the Players’ Player of the Year trophy.
Unfortunately, further injury problems in 2019/20 restricted Matt to making just six more appearances, so his aim for 2020/21 was to keep fit and comfortably pass the 100 games milestone for the club. Pleasingly, he did, as he featured in all 11 matches played and, in the process, took his games tally to 105.
Wadebridge Camels, Exeter Chiefs
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
Football World Cup
What training drill do you dread the most?
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Tom Duncan - he gets out of all fitness because hes old
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I am doing a degree in construction management
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?