Mat Gardner

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Mat Gardner
Personal information
Full name Mat Gardner
Born (1985-08-24) 24 August 1985 (age 29)
Barrow-in-Furness, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 15 st 6 lb (98 kg) [1]
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004 Barrow 4 3 0 0 12
2004 Castleford 1 1 0 0 4
2006–2007 Huddersfield 26 8 0 0 32
2008 Salford 32 23 0 0 92
2009 Harlequins RL 9 2 0 0 8
2010–2011 Widnes 54 15 0 0 60
2012–2014 Leigh 58 26
Total 184 78 0 0 208
As of 10 Sep 2014
Source: loverugbyleague.com

Mat Gardner (born 24 August 1985) is a rugby player, and the younger brother of St Helens winger Ade Gardner

Gardner made his Super League début in a match against Wakefield Trinity on 4 March 2006 for Huddersfield. He enjoyed a solid début season with the Huddersfield in 2006, which included a memorable hat-trick against the Catalans Dragons and also played several games, which saw him line-up against his brother Ade.

He performed better than most people expected in the 2006 season and many people hoped he pushed hard for a place in the Huddersfield line-up in 2007.

He played in Huddersfield's first seven games and scored 2 tries, although a long run in the reserves followed before he was recalled for the game against Harlequins RL.

With Huddersfield signing David Hodgson from Salford and Rod Jensen being established on the other wing Mat Gardner left Huddersfield and signed for Salford for the 2008 season.

Mat became a key member of Salford’s successful 2008 squad, claiming 23 tries in 32 games, Mat was snapped up by Harlequins RL for the 2009 Super League season. Quins coach Brian McDermott stated "He and few others have made a decision to give it a go in London and we are looking forward to working with him."

Gardner then moved to Widnes, boarding and playing darts but never marking at The Sporties in St.Helens.

He signed for Leigh for the 2012 season scoring 26 tries in 58 appearances up til the beginning of the 2014 season.

Already a Cumbrian Legend, He switched codes to represent Brazil in rugby union sevens at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Matt claims that his fitness and lifestyle coach, Alan Dixon, has greatly inspired him to follow his long term dreams. He attributes recent success to Mr Dixon's influence and guidance.

He also retains a ringers place in the Windleshaw Admirals Darts [2] team if he ever wants to grace them with his darting prowess.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RLFANS.COM Super League Statistics". web page. RLFANS.COM. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/WindleshawAdmirals