Matt Proudfoot

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Matt Proudfoot
Birth nameMatthew Craig Proudfoot
Date of birth (1972-01-30) 30 January 1972 (age 47)
Place of birthKlerksdorp, South Africa
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight126 kg (19 st 12 lb)
SchoolPotchefstroom High School for Boys
SpouseVanes-Mari Proudfoot (Du Toit)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997 Melrose RFC ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Edinburgh Rugby
Blue Bulls
Glasgow Warriors


National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Scotland A


Teams coached
Years Team

North-West University (Forwards Coach)
Western Province (Forwards Coach)
Stormers (Forwards Coach)
Kobelco Steelers (Asst)
South Africa (Asst)
England Men (Asst)

Matt Proudfoot (born 30 January 1972) is a South African born former Scottish international rugby union player who played for Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby. He was an assistant coach with South Africa, finishing after the 2019 World Cup.[1] In January 2020 he became an assistant coach for the England Men's Rugby Team.[2]

Rugby Union Career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Educated at Potchefstroom High School for Boys, Proudfoot turned out in the Vodacom Cup and later Currie Cup for the Leopards (rugby team) after which he moved to Scotland to play for Melrose.[3][failed verification]

Professional career[edit]

Proudfoot then represented Edinburgh Rugby. He won 3 international caps while with Edinburgh, before returning to South Africa.

Injury forced him into semi-retirement but he still played for the Leopards and the Blue Bulls. Glasgow Warriors coach Hugh Campbell persuaded him to return to full-time Scottish professional rugby.[4]

In 2003 he returned to Scotland to play for Glasgow Warriors.[3] He won 1 more international cap while with the Warriors.[5]

International career[edit]

He qualified for Scotland through his Dumfries grandfather.[5]

He made his debut for Scotland in 1998 in a match against Fiji.[6] He was capped 4 times for the national team finishing with a cap against Ireland in 2003.

Coaching career[edit]

Proudfoot coached the forwards at Western Province, Stormers and North-West University and Kobelco Steelers in Japan.[1]

On 17 May 2016 it was announced that Proudfoot would be leaving Kobelco Steelers to become an assistant coach with the South Africa national rugby union team[7] where he contributed to the Springboks winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

On 13 January 2020 it was announced that Proudfoot had joined the England Men's Rugby Team as an assistant coach ahead of the 2020 Six Nations.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Proudfoot follows Coetzee to Japan". Sport.
  2. ^ a b "Amor and Proudfoot Join England Men's Coaching Team". England Rugby.
  3. ^ a b Peter Donald (5 August 2003). "Proudfoot on comeback trail".
  4. ^ "Matt Proudfoot Joins Glasgow".
  5. ^ a b "Glasgow Warriors - Matt Proudfoot".
  6. ^ "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Fiji v Scotland at Suva". ESPN scrum.
  7. ^ "Proudfoot joins Springbok coaching staff".

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