Matt Smith (rugby union)

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Matt Smith
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Full name Matthew Smith
Nickname Doctor Who
Date of birth (1985-11-15) 15 November 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb) [1]
School Oakham School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Utility back
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 ‐ Leicester Tigers 185 ((145))
Correct as of February 2016
Current local club Leicester Tigers
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 England Saxons 1 ((5))

Matthew William Smith (born 15 November 1985 in Leicester) is a rugby union footballer who plays utility back for Leicester Tigers and England Saxons.

Career[edit]

Smith made his Tigers début against the Barbarians in March 2006 and, by the close of the 2006/07 season, had played on a further three occasions for the first team. Smith has been a regular member of Tigers’ successful Development XV over the past two seasons, where his versatility has seen him excel at centre, full-back or fly-half. He scored his first senior try last season, crossing during the friendly encounter with Marcelo Loffreda’s Argentina at Welford Road in February.

The son of former Tigers flanker, skipper and coach Ian "Dosser" Smith, Smith joined the Tigers Junior Academy at U-16 level and represented Oakham School in their 2003 Daily Mail Cup Final win at Twickenham. Smith entered his second year as a member of the first-team squad in 2007/08 and he was loaned out to National Division One team Nottingham. [2]

The 2008/09 season saw Smith make his breakthrough into regular first team action, appearing in all 16 of the games before Christmas 2008.

In January 2009 he received a call up to the England Saxons[3] and came off the bench to score a début try in the match against Portugal.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Leicester Tigers : Matt Smith
  3. ^ Mann, Andy (26 January 2009). "Smith deserves Saxons chance – coach". Leicester Tigers. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  4. ^ Brereton, Chris (31 January 2009). "Ellis impresses on his return to lead Saxon rout of Portugal". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-02-04.