Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
The Cornish Pirates confirmed early June 2019 that Matt was joining the club’s coaching team as an Assistant Coach.
Educated at Cape Cornwall School and growing up in Heamoor near Penzance, Matt played for Mounts Bay, Cornwall and England Counties, and as a speedy winger, noted also for his try-scoring ability, was nicknamed the ‘Heamoor Flyer’.
Following his time at Mounts Bay, Matt played for the Cornish Pirates, Newport Gwent Dragons and then the Cornish All Blacks before enjoying a long and successful career with Exeter Chiefs from 2008-2017. He has also been a player/coach at Newton Abbot and a player at Taunton.
When appointed as an Assistant Coach, Matt, who runs his own MSJ Coaching business and did a little work at the Cornish Pirates during the 2018/19 season, was looking forward to being part of the coaching team on an official basis. He commented at the time:
Having previously enjoyed working with Gavin and Alan, I am now chuffed to take on an official Assistant Coach role. Also, with someone of Chris Stirling’s pedigree as Director of Rugby, it gives me an opportunity to learn more and to be involved at what is going to be an exciting time.
Cornish Pirates, Newport Gwent Dragons, 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?
What training drill do you dread the most?
AST Fitness Test
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Danny Cutmore for the comedy value
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I have an A Level in drama
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?