Matt Dawson


Matt Dawson is one the most accomplished Rugby players of the modern professional era. Playing for both Northampton Saints and Wasps at club level, Matt enjoyed a successful career at the highest level of his sport, including winning the Premiership title. Matt also had the privilege of representing his nation as well as touring with the British and Irish Lions. As a rugby speaker, Matt delivers invaluable advice about how to maximise success and performance under huge pressure.

Matt’s playing style was famed for his trademark darting runs as well as his ability to play to the whistle well, scoring many tries from ‘tap-and-go’ penalties. Matt also demonstrated a versatility in the sport by being called upon to kick penalties if there were injuries within the squad, emphasising Matt’s natural talent and diverse skill set. During after dinner speeches, Matt interacts with audiences wonderfully by engaging and relating with listeners to ensure they become part of Matt’s view on elite sport and mindset on life.

It was Matt who fed the ball from a ruck to Jonny Wilkinson to score the winning drop goal in the 2003 World Cup final, showcasing a hugely successful career filled with consistency and relentless drive to stay the best scrumhalf in the country. After retiring from Rugby, Matt embarked on a media and broadcasting career in which he has excelled due to his great humour, wit and charm.

Matt is currently a captain on A Question of Sport, battling against his opposite number Phil Tufnell. In 2006, Matt won BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef, beating Hardeep Kohli and Roger Black to the title. Matt showed his competitive spirit in a discipline other rugby in the 2006 series of Strictly Come Dancing, coming second to cricket’s Mark Ramprakash. Matt is also a sought after rugby pundit and TV presenter, working for either BBC, Sky and BT Sport almost every weekend.

As the patron of The National Hospital Development Foundation and Beating Bowel Cancer, Matt ran the London Marathon in 2007 in order to raise funds and awareness. He has also recently worked to raise awareness surrounding meningitis and also joined The Big Tick Project in 2017 to spread the word on tick-borne diseases.

To book Matt Dawson for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Matt is known to cover the following topics:

  • Rugby Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • TV Presenter
  • Maximising Success
  • Drive & Determination
  • Health & Lifestyle

“I would have no hesitation in recommending him to any of our customers and the members of the Manchester PA Network where I am an active member. He was a fabulous speaker, he really engaged with the audience and his speech on Leadership & teamwork was brilliant.”– Fiona, Guenther Bakeries.