|Weight||104kg (16st 5lb)|
Fourteen starts in 15 England U20 games over 13 months, dating back to the Wales match in February 2011 illustrate how Matt Kvesic, the England U18 captain against Scotland in April 2010 and against the same opponents in the 2011 IRB U20 World Championship, has made a back row spot his own property.
Unluckily, he missed the 2012 tournament in South Africa after shoulder surgery but golden days followed this June when he started both Tests against Argentina in Salta and Buenos Aires.
Matt pays tribute to Worcester Warriors’ Kai Hortsmann, who has helped him with his game in practical terms and with video analysis, and to fellow Warriors back row Neil Best. Matt added: “They made my progression into the first team at Sixways very smooth.” He had appeared in 63 senior games, including 26 in 2012-13, and scored ten tries for the Warriors before joining Gloucester Rugby for 2013-14. Matt had played in nine games for his new club by early November.
When graduating to the England U20 side against Wales, he made an instant impression, scoring two of his team’s four tries in a 26-20 win at Parc y Scarlets and started the subsequent matches against Italy, France, Scotland and Ireland against whom he bagged a try.
A former South West and England U16 player, he was born to English parents in Iserlohn, Germany where his father Mark, an Army rugby player, had been posted. He took up the game at Swanage & Wareham RFC, then played at schools level for Blundell’s in Tiverton, Devon, attended a Year 8 camp and was spotted by Worcester Warriors.
Matt’s first-team debut was four seasons ago against the Scarlets in the LV= Cup and initially he combined rugby with A levels in Physical Education, Biology and Business Studies at Worcester Sixth Form College. He captained Blundell’s, and was on a dual registration three seasons ago with National One club Stourbridge, for whom he played three times.
He said: “I admire Worcester products Matt Mullan and Tom Wood (now with Northampton), who have come through the academy. What they have achieved shows what it takes to make the grade as a professional rugby player. Italy’s Sergio Parisse, Richie McCaw and David Pocock are others I respect hugely. Worcester Academy managers Andrew Stanley and Gary Meechan have been my mentors.”
Matt won the young personality of the year for Worcestershire Sport and three seasons ago was named as the Warriors Young Player of the Year. He continued: “Beating Australia U18 by 30-28 at Sale three years ago was a fantastic feeling as was playing in the IRB Junior World Championship final against New Zealand at Padova in November 2011.”
While at Blundell’s, Matt toured India with the school cricket team and enjoys the golf driving range when his studies permit. He missed the England U18 tour to South Africa in July 2010 because of training commitments with his club.
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Last updated: November 11, 2013