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Matt’s Biography

All about Matt

Part of the England squad that took the country to victory in the 2003 World Cup,
Matt Dawson is an institution in the world of rugby. He is immediately recognisable
as team captain on BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport’ as well as a rugby commentator for
the BBC and Radio 5Live.

With 77 caps under his belt, he is England’s most capped scrum half, captaining
the side 9 times. He played for Northampton and the London Wasps as well as
England, and represented the British & Irish Lions on three tours. During the 1998
tour to Australia and New Zealand – ‘The Tour from Hell’ – Matt was congratulated
on his leadership. He also captained the England Rugby team to win the Six Nations
Championships in 2000.

Regarded as one of the more outspoken players, Matt Dawson is a favourite with the
BBC’s rugby coverage and has had substantial experience in written journalism.

His position on ‘A Question of Sport’ has elevated him from a well-known rugby player
to a national TV personality. In 2006 he took part in the BBC’s ‘Celebrity Masterchef’ and
won.Matt thenput on his dancing shoes to become the runner up in the BBC’s primetime
programme‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which attracted over 12 million viewers per show.

More recently Matt presented his own cookery show ‘Mitch & Matt’s Big Fish’ for
UKTV Food. Alongside chef Mitch Tonks, Matt toured the UK’s coastline whilst creating
tasty dishes along the way.

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