Matt Prior (rugby league)

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Matt Prior
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Personal information
Full name Matthew Prior
Born (1987-05-25) 25 May 1987 (age 29)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–13 St. George Illawarra 120 8 0 0 32
2014– Cronulla Sharks 58 5 0 0 20
Total 178 13 0 0 52
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011 Country Origin 1 0 0 0 0
As of 10 July 2016
Source: [1]

Matthew Prior (born 25 May 1987) is an Australian professional Rugby League footballer who plays for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the NRL competition. He was a member of the St George Illawarra Dragons' 2010 and Sharks' 2016 NRL Premership winning teams. He is a versatile forward who plays primarily Second Row but also has played at Prop and Centre.

Playing career[edit]

Prior started at St George Illawarra in 2006, making his NRL debut in round 5 of the 2008 season. In 2010 he was a member of the Dragons' premiership winning side and he played in their 2010 NRL Grand Final victory. That year he signed for a further three years with the club and he played with them till the end of 2013.[2]

On 13 January 2011, Prior was named in the "Blues in waiting" squad. He attended a three-day camp at Homebush January 2013 co-ordinated by coach Ricky Stuart for players deemed to have potential to feature in future New South Wales Origin teams.[3]

In Round 9, 2012 he was sent off for striking Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston with his elbow, with his charge referred directly to the judiciary.[4] He was suspended for five weeks over the incident.[5] After the incident Prior was moved to the interchange bench for the St. George Illawara Dragons.

For the 2014 season Prior moved to the Cronulla Sharks. He was a regular member of their first grade team and in 2016 played a pivotal role in their push as premiership contenders. He gave a man of the match performance in their qualifying semi-final match against the Canberra Raiders and played in their semi-final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys to earn a place in the 2016 NRL Grand Final.

Personal life[edit]

Prior was born in Wollongong in New South Wales and went to school at Bulli High School.[citation needed] Priza is a life Member of The Thrirroul Trashers.


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