Matty Rea

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Matthew Rea
Rea playing for Ulster, 2019
Date of birth (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 28)
Place of birthBallymena, Northern Ireland
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight114 kg (18.0 st; 251 lb)
SchoolBallymena Academy
Notable relative(s)Marcus Rea (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number 8
Current team Ulster
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ballymena ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017– Ulster 65 (10)
Correct as of 24 September 2021

Matthew Rea (born 21 September 1993) is an Irish professional rugby union player who currently plays for Ulster as a back row forward.[1]

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. [2]


  1. ^ "Ulster Matthew Rea Profile". Ulster Rugby.
  2. ^ "Marcus Rea discusses scoring on Ulster debut alongside brother Matthew". Belfast Telegraph. 29 April 2019.

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