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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    Huffington Post - Feb 11, 2013
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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 Dawson joined Northampton in 1991 after leaving school and was among the last generation of players to have started their careers during the amateur era. … Read More


1993 - 1999 5 More Events
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 the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, Dawson went as second-choice scrum half behind Howley. … Read More
2002 29 Years Old Dawson's career nearly ended after sustaining a neck injury during the record 53–3 win against South Africa in November 2002 when he was headbutted by Springbok skipper Corné Krige.


2003 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He became an integral part of the England side, winning his 50th cap against Ireland on the same day England won the 2003 Six Nations Grand Slam. … Read More
2004 31 Years Old In the autumn of 2004 he failed to turn up to an England training camp due to a previously arranged commitment to appear on A Question of Sport, resulting in him being dropped from the England squad for the 2004 Autumn internationals.
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.
2006 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2006, he appeared in BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef programme, beating Roger Black and Hardeep Singh Kohli, to win the final.
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. Matt is the 2013 President of children's medical research charity Sparks, whose mission is to ensure that all babies are born healthy and stay healthy. … Read More
2012 39 Years Old In 2012 on the CBBC series 12 Again Dawson revealed at age twelve he played an extra in the video to Culture Club's song The War Song in 1984 dressed up as a skeleton.


2014 41 Years Old …  In early 2014, he was appointed as director for business development at Instant, the global flexible workspace specialist.
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