A Leicester Tigers history-maker, Matt passed 200 appearances for his hometown club during the 2016/17 season. During 2012/13 Matt joined his father Ian as the first father and son in the club’s 130-year history to each make 100 starting appearances for the club. That 100th start came in the Premiership win over London Welsh in February 2013 and legendary Tigers captain Martin Johnson presented his 100-game cap.
Smith played in his fourth Premiership Final in 2013 – after previous appearances in 2009, 2010 when he scored a try in the win over Saracens, and 2011 – and won the title for a third time in his Leicester career, to go with the Anglo-Welsh Cup title won in 2011/12.
Supporters’ Young Player of the Year in 2008/09 after making 26 consecutive appearances from the start of campaign and then returning from an ankle injury to play in the Premiership and Heineken Cup finals, Smith marked his debut for England Saxons that season with a try against Portugal and scored on his Churchill Cup debut against Argentina Jaguars after a late call-up.
After graduating from the Tigers Academy, his senior debut came against the Barbarians in March 2006, playing alongside head coach Pat Howard at centre. It was his only appearance of the season and the following year he gained valuable experience with Nottingham before establishing himself at Leicester in 2008/09.
A Daily Mail Schools Cup winner with Oakham School, Matt also had a spell with Peterborough United FC as a teenager. After a decade in the senior ranks, he picked up the supporters’ Outstanding Service Award at the end of the 2015/16 season, a year in which he also shared a testimonial with former Oakham School mate Tom Croft, and added an Anglo-Welsh Cup winner’s medal on the day of his 200th appearance in March 2017.
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When at corporate events, Matt Smith is known to cover the following topics:
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- Peterborough United
- Leicester Tigers
- Sporting Success