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Matt Dawson MBE England Profile
2005-02-03 09:15:00.0
Picture of Matt Dawson celebrating in Australia
Matt Dawson celebrating in Australia
photo by Getty

21st  November 2005
CLUB            : London Wasps
POSITION   : Scrum half
BORN           : 31.10.72 Birkenhead
HEIGHT       : 1.77m (5’10”)
WEIGHT      : 90kg (14st 3lb)
CAPS            : 72
POINTS       : 96 – 15t, 6c, 3pg

Matthew James Sutherland Dawson MBE is one of the finest scrum halves in the sport and is currently the most experienced player in the England squad. He celebrated his 50th cap against Ireland when England won the Grand Slam in 2003 and earned his 60th against the same opposition one year on. He is England’s most capped scrum half and played a critical role for his country in the 2003 World Cup, feeding Jonny Wilkinson for the fateful drop goal. A master of the quick `tap and go’ penalty, he has stretched the very best of defences over the years, both at international and club level.

Educated at RGS High Wycombe, where he played alongside former England full back Nick Beal, he gained his first England cap in 1995. He toured with the Lions in 1997, playing all three Tests against South Africa and scoring a famous try which turned the first Test in Cape Town. He was also on the 2001 Lions tour to Australia.

He stood in as England’s captain when Martin Johnson was injured, leading the side on nine occasions and to the 2001 Six Nations crown. When called on he can also demonstrate his versatility by kicking goals. He learnt his early club rugby with Marlow, kept wicket for Buckinghamshire and played soccer for Chelsea Boys. His long career at Northampton Saints ended at the end of the 2003-04 season and he has impressed playing for London Wasps, his new club, in 2004-05.

He left the Elite Player Squad in the Autumn of 2004, missing the Autumn internationals, when broadcasting commitments clashed with England training days.

International Record:
1995 WS 1996 F,W,S,I 1997 A,SA,NZ(2) 1998 W(R),S, I,NZ (1,2), SA,N,It,A,SA 1999 S,F(R),W, A(R),USA,C World Cup

It,NZ,Tg,Fj(R),SA 2000 I,F,W,It,S,A(R),Arg,SA 2001 W,It,S,F,I 2002 W, It(R),NZ,A,SA 2003 It,S,I, A,.F (3R), RWC G, Sam, W, F,

A 2004 It(R), S(R), I, W, F NZ (1, 2R) A(R), 2005: W, Fr (R), Ir (R), It (R), S (R)
Lions: 1997 SA (1,2,3), 2001 A(2R,3), 2005 NZ (1 (R), 2 (R dnp), 3 (R))

2005 Aus, NZ

Did you know?
Matt’s father Ron encouraged him to take up the sport and coached him, greatly influencing his early development. His sporting hero when a youngster was Nick Farr-Jones of Australia and appropriately he describes the Australian World Cup captain George Gregan, his opposite number in the World Cup final, as “always a threat whatever, wherever.”