Mathew Turner

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Mathew Turner
Full name Matthew Turner
Date of birth (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 82 kg (12 st 13 lb)
School Bishops Diocesan College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bristol Rugby
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008– England 5

Mathew Turner (born 18 January 1988 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a rugby union player for the England 7s team which compete in the IRB Sevens World Series. He formerly played Bristol Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. He plays on the wing.


Turner is considered to be one of the greatest wingers in Bishops (Diocesan College) rugby to date. He was part of the 2006 Bishops rugby team, rated as one of the finest in the school's history. In the 2006 season, Turner scored 25 tries, averaging more than one try a match. He was, however, overlooked for selection when the Western Province Craven Week side was selected, a decision considered by many to be a travesty.[citation needed]

Qualifying to play internationally for England through the IRB ancestral rules and regulations, Turner was selected for the England sevens team for the first two legs of the 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series.[1]

Turner while on holiday at home in South Africa was released to play for the Souther Kings versus The British and Irish Lions. He was also a member of the Springbok Under-20 team and Western Province under-19 team. Controversially he was considered second string in the Western Province under-21 squad, despite beating out the favoured player for the University of Cape Town side.[citation needed]

His preparatory school was Western Province Preparatory School in Newlands, Cape Town, he then attended Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town where he played for their first XV rugby team.


  1. ^ "Ryan announces England Sevens squad" (Press release). Rugby Football Union. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 

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