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Total London Welsh Appearances
CAREER Apps Tries Pts
League 165  25 
Cup 26 
Friendly 16 
Total 207 5 25
SEASON Apps Tries Pts
League
Cup
Friendly
Total 9 0 0
Biography
The Club’s longest current serving player, the 2014/15 season will be Matt’s eighth at London Welsh.

Hugely respected by teammates and the Club’s supporters alike, he was made club captain by Justin Burnell for the 2012/13 season and retains that position for Welsh’s return to the Aviva Premiership.

A heart condition, however, would limit him to just 14 Championship appearances, as he sat out five months of last year’s promotion winning campaign after being diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation - a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.

But Matt would return to play a significant role the play-offs and was man of the match in the Exiles’ 1st leg final win over Bristol at the Kassam Stadium.

Matt had made his debut for Welsh in September 2007, on loan from Wasps, when the Club was still semi-professional. He made the move permanent for the 2008/09 season and has been the mainstay of the London Welsh second row ever since.

In 2009/10 he was named in Rugby Times' Championship Dream Team and was also named Supporters Club Player of the Year.

Matt made 30 appearances for the Club in 2011/12 in all competitions and it was fitting reward that he was on the pitch when the Exiles clinched the Championship title for the first time at the Kassam Stadium with victory over the Cornish Pirates.

He made his Wasps debut in August 2005 against Exeter Chiefs in a 70-26 victory at the Causeway Stadium and played in all 15 games for the A team that season, earning him the London Wasps Young Player of the Season Award. His competitive debut came in the Guinness Premiership against Worcester in March 2006.

Originally from Kent, Matt played his early rugby for Chatham House Grammar School and his local club Thanet Wanderers. He went onto represent England Students U19 and England Universities, while studying for his degree at the University of Bath.

He made his England Universities debut against Australia at Clifton RFC in January 2005 in an 18-11 win.
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