|Date of birth||21 September 1993|
|Place of birth||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||114 kg (18.0 st; 251 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Marcus Rea (brother)|
|Rugby union career|
An Ulster Schools' Cup winner in 2010, Rea left school in 2012 and played club rugby for Ballymena. He represented Ireland at under-19 level in 2011. His consistently good performances for the amateur Ulster set-up club; Ballymena, saw Rea signing a professional contract with Ulster in 2017. He made his first professional rugby and Ulster appearance in September 2017 against the Cheetahs. Rea has featured regularly for Ulster since. 
- "Ulster Matthew Rea Profile". Ulster Rugby.
- "Marcus Rea discusses scoring on Ulster debut alongside brother Matthew". Belfast Telegraph. 29 April 2019.