Matt Perry (rugby union)
|Full name||Matthew Brendan Perry|
|Date of birth||27 January 1977|
|Place of birth||Bath, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||13 st 12 lb (194 lb; 88 kg)|
|Notable relative(s)||Idris Perry, Brendan Perry, Lucy Gray (niece)|
|Rugby union career|
A talented cricketer, at Millfield School he captained a side including Ben Hollioake, later an England international. Perry played his club rugby at Bath. He was expected to play in the victorious 1998 Heineken Cup Final as they defeated Brive, however Perry was a replacement having lost his place to Jon Callard, who went on to score all 19 of Bath's points in the match.
England coach Clive Woodward, who had previously been backs' coach for Bath RFC selected Perry for his first match in charge against Australia in Autumn 1997. Perry played solidly; he preferred to run with the ball in hand rather than to kick it, and in so doing often managed to establish a target for his forwards.
Aged 23, Perry beat Jonathan Webb's record to become England's most capped full back with 35 caps in the position, a record that has since been overtaken by Mike Brown. Perry went on the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, playing in all three tests. A back injury and loss of form saw him dropped from the England squad for Iain Balshaw; he later made way for both Jason Robinson and Josh Lewsey. Perry made his last appearance for England in 2001 when he played against France.
Perry now works for a management consultancy company based near Bath.
He shares his second name with his father Brendan who was an outstanding fly half for Bath from 1960 to 1974 making 247 appearances. Grandfather Idris also played for Bath in the 1940s.
- "Rugby Union: Perry waxes philosophical after axe as Bath turn to Callard's trusty boot". Independent. 28 January 1998. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | My Club | Bath | Injured Perry ends playing career