Matt Smith (rugby union)

Matt Smith (rugby union)
Matt Smith
Full name Matthew Smith
Date of birth 15 November 1985 (1985-11-15) (age 25)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb) [1]
Nickname Doctor Who
School Oakham School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Utility back
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006 ‐ Leicester Tigers 34 (25)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009 England Saxons 1 (5)

Matt Smith (born 15 November 1985 in Leicester) is a rugby union footballer who plays utility back for Leicester Tigers and England U-21.

Career

Smith made his Tigers début against the Barbarians in March 2006 and, by the close of the 2006/07 season, had played on a further three occasions for the first team. Smith has been a regular member of Tigers’ successful Development XV over the past two seasons, where his versatility has seen him excel at centre, full-back or fly-half. He scored his first senior try last season, crossing during the friendly encounter with Marcelo Loffreda’s Argentina at Welford Road in February.

The son of former Tigers flanker, skipper and coach Ian "Dosser" Smith, Smith joined the Tigers Junior Academy at U-16 level and represented Oakham School in their 2003 Daily Mail Cup Final win at Twickenham. Smith entered his second year as a member of the first-team squad in 2007/08 and he was loaned out to National Division One team Nottingham. [2]

The 2008/09 season saw Smith make his breakthrough into regular first team action, appearing in all 16 of the games before Christmas 2008.

In January 2009 he received a call up to the England Saxons[3] and came off the bench to score a début try in the match against Portugal.[4]

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