Date and Place of Birth: 1 October 1982, Durban, South Africa
Weight: 19st 5lbs
Course of Study: BSc (Hons) Politics with Economics (2006)
Occupation: Professional Rugby player
Clubs: Bath Rugby, Saracens
International & Representative Honours: British and Irish Lions, England (44 Caps), England U21s, Junior Springboks U18s and U19s, South African Universities, Western Province
Biography: Born in South Africa to English parents, Matt’s natural talent for the game of rugby meant he had the honour of representing both countries, earning places in junior Springbok sides and turning out for Western Province before coming to the UK and beginning his career in the English game, joining Bath Rugby in 2002.
While at Bath Rugby, he studied for a degree in Politics with Economics here at the University of Bath. He graduated in 2006, juggling academic work with some eye-catching displays for Bath Rugby.
Capable of playing either as a tight-head or a loose-head prop, with a good turn of pace and often popping up in the backline, it wasn’t long before Matt made a big impression on those involved with the national set up. He made his England debut in 2004, playing against the All Blacks during England’s tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The following year he made the squad for the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand, making a number of appearances in the team but not getting selected for any of the Tests again the Kiwis.
In 2007 he made the England World Cup Squad, featuring in all the games, including the two matches against his birth nation South Africa, first in the group and then in the Final where England were defeated 6-15.
Hi excellent form and rise to prominence with the national side led to him signing a contract extension with Bath in 2008, winning the European Challenge Cup with the club in the same year.
After many years with Bath, in 2011 he signed for Saracens where he won the Premiership in his first season.
Despite retiring from international rugby in 2012, Matt Stevens was selected for the victorious British and Irish Lions’ tour of Australia in 2013.
Outside of rugby, Matt can be found running his restaurants in the city of Bath with fellow former Bath, England and Lions player, Lee Mears. Matt is also quite the crooner and competed in a celebrity edition of the X Factor in 2006, raising money for charity.
2013 – British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia – Winners
2011 – Premiership Final with Saracens – Winners
2008 – European Challenge Cup with Bath – Winners
2007 – Rugby World Cup with England – Runners up
2005 – British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand – Losers