Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson is a former rugby player and contributor to England’s victory at the 2003 World Cup. Winning 77 caps, he is England’s most capped scrum-half, and captained the side 9 times throughout his career.

He began his career playing for teams such as Northampton and London Wasps, as well as representing England and the British & Irish Lions on 3 tours. He captained the England side in 2000 at the Six Nations Championship, which they went on to win.

After Matt’s retirement from professional rugby, he became a Team Captain on BBC1’s much -loved ‘A Question of Sport’ in 2004 –a position he holds to this day. This has seen him progress from well-known rugby player to a national TV personality.

Matt also has another passion: food. He won Celebrity Masterchef in 2006, and took his first foray into presenting with UKTV’s Good Food channel’s ‘Matt and Allegra’s Big Farm’ in 2011. Later that year, he also fronted Channel 5’s ‘Tesco’s Real Food Family Cook Off’.

2012 saw Matt’s return to rugby as a reporter, working on BBC Sport’s rugby fixtures and contributing to their coverage of the Six Nations Championship. He also presented online content in the form of ‘Dawson’s Debates’. In the same year, Matt joined the BBC’s presenting team for the Olympics, reporting on the cycling from the Velodrome for BBC Radio 5 Live. December of that year also saw Matt embark on a partnership with Bordeaux Wines to produce a series of video clips and a printed booklet that featured exclusive food and wine pairings, appearing in The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

In 2013, ‘Dawson’s Debates’ continued, and it was announced that Matt was to be included in the BT Sport team as a rugby commentator and pundit, with regular appearances on the channel’s Rugby Tonight, all alongside a number of his former team-mates. He also released ‘Matt Dawson’s Lions Tales’, an anecdotal programme with epic stories of triumph and despair in the same year.

Matt was also a commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live throughout the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and he continues to write a rugby column for the Daily Mirror, a post he has held since 2014.

Matt lives with his wife, Carolin, and his two young sons, Alex and Sam.

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