Matt Smith

Matt Smith
Date of Birth
26/10/1989
Birth Place
Hexham
Height
80.00 m
Weight
261.00 kg
Position
Lock

Biography

One of Yorkshire Carnegie's longest serving players, Matt Smith will combine his role in the Championship squad in 2018-19 with an exciting opportunity to coach Rotherham Titans in National Division One. 

Second row Matt Smith is from Royston, near Barnsley, and played for Sandal in his formative years whilst attending Silcoates School. From here he was spotted by the Carnegie Academy and spent two years at the club before moving to the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) to study for a degree in Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage. He represented UWIC in three Finals at Twickenham as well as being selected for England Students before joining Cornish Pirates.
 
In his first two seasons at the club he made over 40 appearances and was a key player in the 2013-14 season as the team made it through to the Play Offs and the British and Irish Cup Final. He earned a new two-year contract during the season and repaid the club with a positive season, which featured a further 21 times.  The following season he helped the team reach the play off semi finals and was a runner up in the B&I Cup Final.
 
After recovering from an injury at the beginning of the season, he made his debut against Bristol and made 19 appearances. His first try was against Pontypridd and his second came in the memorable win over Cornish Pirates at Otley.
 
Although a proud Yorkshireman, Matt was actually born in Hexham, Northumberland, while his father Terry was serving in Newcastle with the Army. Matt came from a football background and became a goalkeeper for his local junior team and also played for Barnsley FC Academy and Barnsley Schools FA, and was even offered trials at Manchester United.
 
During his time at Silcoates, Matt played first team rugby for the School and was selected for the Carnegie Academy where he spent two years, also playing for Yorkshire Under-18s at that time.

Match Summary

Date Opposition Pos Mins Tries Conv DG Pen Pts
31/08/2018 Hartpury 5 80 0 0 0 0 0
09/09/2018 Richmond 5 80 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 10 160 0 0 0 0 0

Career History

Competition Played Mins Tries Conv DG Pen Pts
RU Championship 2 160 0 0 0 0 0
2018-19 TOTAL 2 160 0 0 0 0 0
RU Championship 14 772 0 0 0 0 0
British-Irish Cup 5 390 1 0 0 0 5
2017-18 TOTAL 19 1162 1 0 0 0 5
RU Championship 17 1058 0 0 0 0 0
British-Irish Cup 3 117 0 0 0 0 0
2016-17 TOTAL 20 1175 0 0 0 0 0
RU Championship 15 770 0 0 0 0 0
British-Irish Cup 8 616 1 0 0 0 5
2015-16 TOTAL 23 1386 1 0 0 0 5
RU Championship 17 976 1 0 0 0 5
British-Irish Cup 4 292 0 0 0 0 0
2014-15 TOTAL 21 1268 1 0 0 0 5
British-Irish Cup 7 499 2 0 0 0 10
RU Championship 15 868 0 0 0 0 0
2013-14 TOTAL 22 1367 2 0 0 0 10
RU Championship 14 480 1 0 0 0 5
British-Irish Cup 6 426 1 0 0 0 5
2012-13 TOTAL 20 906 2 0 0 0 10
TOTAL CAREER 127 7424 7 0 0 0 35

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