Matthew Morgan (rugby player)
|Birth name||Matthew James Morgan|
|Date of birth||23 April 1992|
|Place of birth||Swansea, Wales|
|Height||172 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (11 st 7 lb; 161 lb)|
|School||Brynteg Comprehensive School|
|Rugby union career|
He has previously played for Bridgend Athletic RFC, Swansea RFC, Bridgend RFC and the Ospreys. On 5 May 2014, Morgan signed for English club Bristol Rugby, despite competing in the RFU Championship from the 2014-15 season. During his time at Bristol Morgan was a crowd favourite, and was named Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season; nonetheless, Morgan decided to leave Bristol at the end of the 2015-16 season and return to Wales to sign for Cardiff Blues, citing a desire to improve his chances into the Wales national team.
Morgan has played for Wales U20 and has had 4 caps with 64 points. He was a part of the Wales U20 side which defeated New Zealand 9-6 during the 2012 Junior World Championships, becoming the first side ever to beat New Zealand at U20 level, and the first victory by any Wales side over New Zealand since the 1950s.
Morgan made his Wales international debut versus South Africa at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on 14 June 2014 as a second-half replacement. He was named in the extended Wales training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and was the only squad member not playing in a top European league. Morgan made two appearances for Wales at the World Cup in their matches against Uruguay and Fiji.
Affectionately known as 'Nipper' most likely due to his height and his speed of feet. Morgan is instantly recognisable on the pitch with his brightly coloured Firepower rugby headguard. He also has an unmistakable turn of speed combined with twinkle toes and is said to be able to beat a man in a phone-box.
- "Bristol sign Wales utility back Matthew Morgan from the Ospreys". BBC Sport. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- "Wales utility back Matthew Morgan leaves Bristol for Cardiff Blues". BBC Sport. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- Wales Under 20 Squad
- Wales profile