|Weight||94kg (14st 11lb)|
|Caps||Tests: 38 Saxons: 1|
As England’s youngest RWC final player in 2007 at 21 years and 256 days, Mathew Tait still has a long career ahead of him at top level. With 38 caps, starting from the Wales match in Cardiff nine years ago on the eve of his 19th birthday, Mathew has proved his pedigree, his most recent appearance being off the bench against Australia at Perth in June 2010.
He figured in 14 of England's 17 Tests in 2007 and has started for his country 16 times at centre, together with twice at full back and once on the wing but was ruled out of the 2008 Investec Challenge Series through a hamstring injury.
His Test tries were against Wales, Tonga, Ireland, Scotland and then against Italy in February 2010. Of his past 19 caps, all except five have been off the bench.
He had been a major contributor to England's silver medal success in the Commonwealth Games Sevens in March 2006 with hat-tricks against Sri Lanka and Samoa, becoming the tournament’s top try-scorer. His Sevens debut had been in the IRB Series in Dubai and he has figured in other tournaments in George, Wellington, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Educated at Barnard Castle, where Rob Andrew and the Rory and Tony Underwoods studied, he played for England Schools and was in the victorious England A squad for the Churchill Cup in Edmonton in 2005 and appeared in the final against Argentina.
Mathew, from Shotley Bridge, had marked his Premiership debut for Newcastle Falcons in 2004 at the age of 18 years and 86 days by scoring a try with his first touch against London Irish.
He first attracted attention when representing England Schools 16 and 18 Groups and was with Newcastle Falcons from 2003-08. Mathew switched to Sale Sharks from 2008-11 and joined Leicester Tigers two years ago. He soon played against his brother Alex, an England U20 full back and centre, who was appearing for the Falcons. By mid-January this year, Mathew had made 112 Premiership appearances, comprising 56 for Newcastle, 36 for Sale Sharks and 20 for Leicester, the club he joined in the summer of 2011. He had scored 21 tries.
2005 Churchill Cup - Arg
2005 W 2006 A (1,2), SA (1,2) 2007 It (R), I (R), F (R), W, SA (1,2), W World Cup – USA (R), SA(R), Sam, Tg, A, F, SA 2008 It (R), F (R), S (R), I (R), NZ(2) 2009 It (R), W (R), I (R), F (R), S (R), Arg (1R, 2R), NZ (R) 2010 W, It, I, S, F (R), A (1R)
Last updated: January 22, 2014