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Matt Dawson

A former rugby player and contributor to England’s victory at the 2003 World Cup, Matt Dawson has become a national TV personality as the current Team Captain on BBC1’s much-loved sports quiz ‘A Question of Sport’, a commentator for the BT Sport team, and a well-known media foodie. Regarded as one of the more outspoken rugby icons, Matt is a charismatic and hilarious after-dinner speaker, or keynote speaker on leadership, strategy and change skills.

Rugby icon and media foody, Matt Dawson has navigated successfully through a career of international sporting success, TV stardom, dancing fame, and an ascending culinary reputation. As an after-dinner speaker and business speaker he is charismatic, engaging and supremely funny.

With 77 caps under his belt, Matt is England’s most capped scrum half. During the 1998 tour to Australia and New Zealand - ‘The Tour from Hell’ - Matt was congratulated on his leadership. He also captained the England Rugby team to win the Six Nations Championships in 2000.

Matt was a lively and engaging speaker and we were very happy with his presentation. He adapted his talk to our specification and was great to listen to!
Histon & Impington Junior

Runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing, Matt’s move from rugby to TV was seamless.

2006 Celebrity Masterchef winner, Matt’s love of food led him to make Matt and Allegra’s Big Farm for UKTV’s the Good Food channel and Tesco’s Real Food Family Cook Off for Five. He also previously presented Monster Munchies on Good Food, and Mitch and Matt's Big Fish.

A brand ambassador for Young's Seafood, Matt used his creative thinking by partnering with food brand Tulip to develop a range of fuller flavoured sausages, which subsequently became available in Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

Matt has also created a media persona around his sporting experience and ability. A highly regarded sports journalist, the rugby icon has been A Question of Sport Team Captain since 2004, and as the show continues to average 8+ million viewers per week, Matt’s media profile continues to entertain the UK.

In 2011 he toured the country with A Question of Sport Live, and he frequently hosts, guest presents and commentates on BBC Radio Five Live.

Matt continues to work across BBC Sport’s rugby coverage, contributing to their 6 Nations coverage in 2012 and presenting online content in the form of the popular “Dawson Debates”. In the same year he joined the BBC Olympic presenting team where he covered the cycling from the velodrome for Radio Five Live.     

Matt teamed up with Bordeaux Wines to help produce a series of video clips and booklet that features exclusive food and wine pairings that featured in in The Telegraph and the Times in 2012. 

For further information or to book Matt Dawson, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

What people said about Matt Dawson

The RBS Group, and specifically the Dorset Property Team, were fortunate to have secured the services of Matt to attend our Annual Dinner...scheduled just 48 hours before the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final. Matt was a huge success......his willingness to engage with some of the Banks 150 guests during the pre dinner reception, coupled with his entertaining and informative speech ensured this was a very successful evening for the Bank and its customers.
Head of Property Finance, RBS
You must know from the reception that you received and the enormous reaction demonstrated by your audience that the McCarthy Stone team were delighted with your presentation. The balance between hard-faced experience and the motivational theme regarding teamwork was superbly expressed and demonstrated the overall theme encompassing teamwork was exactly the message we needed. They were inspired by your presence & presentation which they are all still discussing. Hopefully we can tailor in some presentations by yourslef in the future but meanwhile many thanks again.
Executive Sales Director, McCarthy & Stone
We have used a number of speakers at our awards over the years; however Matt was an absolute star! He was so professional, humorous and so lovely to work with. His approach was very personable; he signed so many autographs and smiled through endless photographs prior to the ceremony. As co-host of the awards ceremony itself he was excellent on the stage, he was supportive, gained the attention of the audience so well, and was a great calming influence on his co-host - namely me!
PFS Awards
I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Matt, for being absolutely the best celebrity guest imaginable. Even after being pestered all day to sign rugby balls and show people dance moves and after being scared half to death by an exploding rugby ball, he stayed with us throughout the evening and proved to be an excellent guest, meeting many of our customers and dealers, helping to make the event all the more memorable for them...once again many thanks to you and please pass on our extreme appreciation to Matt.
Doosan Infracore
Matt Dawson was an incredibly nice guy. He engaged the audience brilliantly and took plenty of time to answer their questions.
Birmingham University
Matt was very approachable, flexible, and his on-stage delivery was well thought out for our audience.
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