Born in Birkenhead, Dawson started his rugby career with Marlow and then moved to Northampton. In 1993, Matt was a called up as a member of the England Sevens
team which won the first Sevens World Cup
in Scotland. He went on to make his full international debut for England
in December 1995, against Western Samoa.
Dawson was a member of the 1997 British Lions
tour to South Africa, and the 2001 Tour to Australia. Matt Dawson
became an integral part of the England side, and during the 2000 Six Nations tournament he was named captain.
He won his 50th cap against Ireland on the same day England won the Grand Slam
in 2003. He was a crucial part of the team that won the 2003 Six Nations Grand Slam
and World Cup
, feeding the ball to Jonny Wilkinson for his legendary drop goal.
In 2004, he moved from Northampton
, winning the Premiership title in his first season. In 2004, Matt joined the BBC TV quiz show A Question of Sport
, featuring as a regular team captain opposite Ally McCoist and now Phil Tufnell
Dawson was a key member of the 2005 Six Nations Team
, and was included in the 2005 British Lions
tour to New Zealand. In May 2006, Matt retired from the sport playing his last game against Sale. Matt Dawson
won 77 caps for his country in total, including nine as captain. He is England’s most capped scrum half.
In 2006 he took part in the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef
and won. Matt then put on his dancing shoes to take part in Strictly Come Dancing
As a rugby reporter, he has worked on BBC Sport’s
rugby fixtures and as contributor to their coverage of the Six Nations Championship
and on BT Sport
with regular appearances on the channel’s Rugby Tonight. 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.