Matt Dawson

Rugby Union Player
Born Oct 31, 1972

Matthew James Sutherland "Matt" Dawson, MBE is a retired English rugby union player who played scrum half for Wasps and Northampton Saints. During his international career he toured with the British and Irish Lions three times and was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side. He won 77 caps for his country in total, including nine as captain. He is England’s most capped scrum half.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Dawson.


1972 Birth Born on October 31, 1972.


1991 18 Years Old He was educated at RGS High Wycombe and played his early club rugby with Marlow Rugby club. Dawson joined Northampton in 1991.


1993 - 1995 2 More Events
1997 24 Years Old Dawson went on the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa as third-choice scrum half behind Rob Howley and Austin Healey but injury to Howley and some good performances saw him make the starting line-up. … Read More
2000 27 Years Old He was captain in the 2000 Six Nations and often in the absence of Martin Johnson.
2001 28 Years Old In 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, Dawson went as second-choice scrum half behind Howley. … Read More


Dawson became an integral part of the England side, winning his 50th cap against Ireland on the same day England won the Grand Slam in 2003.
2004 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004 he moved from Northampton to Wasps, winning the Premiership title in his first season. … Read More
2005 32 Years Old 1 More Event
A return to the 2005 Six Nations was expected and Dawson rejoined the Elite Player Squad for the tournament, playing well enough to earn a place on the 2005 British Lions tour to New Zealand, managed by Sir Clive Woodward.
On 7 April 2006, Dawson announced that he would be retiring from rugby completely at the end of the season and on 14 May 2006 he played his last game of premiership rugby, when Sale denied Wasps their chance of winning the Premiership title 4 years in a row and so equalling Leicester's record. … Read More
2007 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2007, it was announced that Matt Dawson would be joining BBC Radio Five Live as summariser for the commentary on England's forthcoming Six Nations Championship games.
2008 35 Years Old 2008 saw Matt Dawson co-hosting Mitch and Matt's Big Fish, a seafood lovers tour of the British coast, in which he and Mitch Tonks tasted and cooked a variety of fish dishes using the catch of the British fishing ports.
2010 37 Years Old In 2010, Matt hosted Monster Munchies for Good Food, where he challenged two teams to make a monster sized local delicacy in 24 hours which were unveiled at a local show and were judged on size, presentation and taste, the size they were aiming for is that of a small car. … Read More
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