|Weight||81kg (12st 10lb)|
Until six years ago, Alexandra Matthews, the younger sister of Richmond club mate and England wing Fran, played at inside centre before moving to the back row. Her Test debut was against France in 2011 at Châteaurenard where she scored a try in the first four minutes soon after playing in the non-cap game against the same opponents in Marseille.
Educated at Watchetts Junior School and Kings International College, both in her home town of Camberley, Alex took A-levels in PE, Psychology and Biology at Hartpury College where she was on the AASE (Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme. She has since completed her degree at Roehampton University in Sports Psychology studies.
Alex was with Camberley RFC from 1997-2007 and spent a year with Reading RFC in 2008-09 between two spells with London Irish spanning 2007-08 and 2009-11. She is now playing for Richmond. Her mentors have been Bob Jones at Camberley and two contemporary England squad mates Danielle Waterman, while at Hartpury, and Maggie Alphonsi.
She played seven times for England U20, was London Irish Club Person of the Year in 2011 and Surrey Sportswoman of the Year in 2010. She has captained both London Irish and her county. Her travelling experience includes playing in the 2006 Dubai Sevens for a Surrey squad and going to California in 2011 with England U20s.
Her top player is Jonah Lomu and the Kiwi link is extended because one of her favourite games involved playing for the full 80 minutes in the 21-7 win over the New Zealand Black Ferns in the second Test at Esher in 2011. Twickenham remains the ground she likes most.
Last updated: August 15, 2014