|Weight||112kg (17st 8lb)|
The esteem in which
Worcester Warriors hold Matthew Mullan has been not only replicated by another
call to the England Saxons’ squad for 2011-12 but also by a maiden Test
appearance against Italy in February 2010 off the bench for Tim Payne. His
career had since been put on hold by a shoulder reconstruction following a
freak training ground injury that prevented him from playing for the Warriors
last season until February 9 when he reappeared against Currie in the British
& Irish Cup.
Matthew had been
enlisted for Saxons training in January 2009 but missed the match against
Portugal through a rearranged Guinness Premiership game and was again denied a
debut when the match against Ireland A at Donnybrook was cancelled minutes
before kick off because of frost.
educated Matthew, who was born in Brighton, is among the rare breed of front
row player who can figure at loose-head prop or hooker and in November 2009 was
awarded an extended contract by Mike Ruddock, then the Worcester Warriors’
director of rugby.
A product of the
Worcester Academy, he came to prominence in 2007-08 with 25 appearances for the
club in all competitions, followed by 24 matches in 2008-09 but his senior
debut had been in December 2005 against Newport Gwent Dragons in the Powergen
He has also shown
try-scoring aptitude in the European Challenge Cup with his memorable one in
the 24-7 away win over Montauban in January 2008 preceding two in the Bucuresti
match only eight days later.
Matt’s Guinness Premiership debut had been against London Irish in December 2007 and his two tries in 63 appearances so far were against London Wasps, initially in April 2008, Leicester Tigers the following September.
His development, work rate and ball carrying skills alongside his scrummaging were acknowledged by awards in successive years at Sixways. He jointly collected the young player of the year prize for 2007-08 and then took the most improved player of the year kudos at the end of 2008-09 before he advanced his Warriors’ career to 93 appearances and five tries in all competitions. In June 2012, he toured with the senior England squad and started both midweek matches that produced victories over the respective South African Barbarians South and North sides.
Last updated: June 26, 2012