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Matthew Rees
Matthew Rees
DOB9th Dec 1980
BirthplaceTonyrefail, Wales
Height1.83 m (6' 0")
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
PositionHooker
Test HonoursWales (60 caps)
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Rees returned to action as a second half replacement against the Wallabies in December after missing the RWC 2011 campaign due to a serious neck injury.

Up to that point, he had been Wales captain, first taking the armband in the last three games of the 2010 autumn series and in all five 2011 RBS 6 Nations fixtures. In doing so, he became the first hooker to captain Wales since Mefin Davies in 2001.

In 2010 Rees missed the opening three RBS 6 Nations games with a groin injury but he returned to face Ireland and Italy. He made his debut against the United States in 2005 before establishing himself as a starter in the 2007 Championship. He went on to play in all five matches of the 2008 Grand Slam season.

Rees was named in the 2009 British & Irish Lions squad to go to South Africa and helped form the first all-Welsh front row, joining Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones at the coalface. 

Rees was forced to take time away from the game in November 2013 for treatment for testicular cancer.

He returned to action in late 2014 and his impressive form earned a recall to the international set-up and Rees was named in the 32-man squad to tour South Africa.

Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
14/06/2014
South Africa







21
21/06/2014
South Africa







6
Total Played 2 0
0
0
0
0
0
0
27
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2013-2014 - Test
Wales
0 +2







2013-2014 Total

0 +2







2012-2013 - RBS 6 Nations
Wales
1







2012-2013 - Test
Wales
3







2012-2013 Total

4







2011-2012 - Friendly
Wales
3 +1







2011-2012 - Six Nations
Wales
2







2011-2012 - Test
Wales
0 +1







2011-2012 Total

5 +2







2010-2011 - Friendly
Wales
3







2010-2011 - Six Nations
Wales
5







2010-2011 Total

8







2009-2010 - Friendly
Wales
5 +1







2009-2010 - Six Nations
Wales
2







2009-2010 - Test
Wales
1







2009-2010 Total

8 +1







2008-2009 - Friendly
Wales
3







2008-2009 - Six Nations
Wales
4 +1







2008-2009 Total

7 +1







2007-2008 - Friendly
Wales
3




1


2007-2008 - Rugby World Cup
Wales
3







2007-2008 - Six Nations
Wales
2 +3







2007-2008 Total

8 +3




1


2006-2007 - Friendly
Wales
3 +1
1





5
2006-2007 - Six Nations
Wales
3 +2
1





5
2006-2007 Total

6 +3
2





10
2005-2006 - Friendly
Wales
1







2005-2006 Total

1







2004-2005 - Friendly
Wales
1







2004-2005 Total

1







Total - Test

4 +3







Total - RBS 6 Nations

19 +6
1





5
Total - Friendly

22 +3
1



1

5
Total - Rugby World Cup

3







Total

48 +12
2
0
0
0
1
0
10
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