- Matt Perry (rugby union)
Matt Perry Personal information Full name Matthew Brendan Perry Date of birth 27 January 1977 Place of birth Bath, England Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight 13 st 12 lbs Nickname(s) Pezza School(s) attended Millfied School Relatives Iris Perry, Brendan Perry Senior clubs* Years Club Apps (points) 1997–2006 Bath 221 (561) Representative teams 1997–2001
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.
England coach Clive Woodward, who had previously been backs' coach for Bath RFC selected Perry for his first match in charge against Australia in Autumn 1997. Perry played solidly; he preferred to run with the ball in hand rather than to kick it, and in so doing often managed to establish a target for his forwards.
Aged 23, Perry beat Jonathan Webb's record to become England's most capped full back with 35 caps in the position, a record that still stands today (2008). Perry went on the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, playing in all three tests. A back injury and loss of form saw him dropped from the England squad for Iain Balshaw; he later made way for both Jason Robinson and Josh Lewsey. Perry made his last start for England in December 2000 when he played against South Africa.
Perry now works for a management consultancy company based near Bath.
He shares his second name with to his father Brendan who was an outstanding fly half for Bath from 1960 to 1974 making 247 appearances. Grandfather Idris also played for Bath in the 1940s.
England squad – 1999 Rugby World Cup Forwards Backs Coach British and Irish Lions – 2001 Australia tour Forwards Backs Coach
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