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Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson is renowned for his rugby achievements, including England's 2003 World Cup win. He has since seamlessly transitioned into a TV personality and entrepreneur. As the charismatic Team Captain on BBC1's 'A Question of Sport', and appearances on 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Celebrity Masterchef', he's a media favourite. Dawson's culinary and sports journalism endeavours extend his influence, while his business consultancy showcases his versatile skills across sports, media, and business realms.


About Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson’s journey from a celebrated rugby player to a beloved national TV personality and versatile entrepreneur is a story of adaptability, charisma, and diverse talents. As an integral member of England’s rugby team, Dawson left an indelible mark in the sport’s history, notably contributing to England’s victory in the 2003 World Cup and leading the team as captain in the 2000 Six Nations Championships. His leadership skills shone brightly during the challenging 1998 tour to Australia and New Zealand, known as ‘The Tour from Hell.’

Transitioning into television, Dawson has become a household name, holding the title of the longest-serving Team Captain on BBC1’s ‘A Question of Sport’ since 2004. His wit and charm have captivated over 8 million weekly viewers, solidifying his status as a media favourite. His television journey also includes impressive stints as a runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing and the winner of the 2006 Celebrity Masterchef, showcasing his versatility and passion for culinary arts.

Dawson’s culinary journey led to hosting shows like ‘Matt and Allegra’s Big Farm’ and ‘Tesco’s Real Food Family Cook Off,’ along with a partnership with Young’s Seafood and Tulip, creating a successful range of sausages. He also teamed up with Bordeaux Wines, contributing to exclusive food and wine pairings.

As a respected sports journalist, Dawson offers insightful analysis for BBC Sport’s rugby coverage and engages audiences with his “Dawson Debates” online content. His media presence expanded with his involvement in ‘A Question of Sport Live’ and the BBC Olympic presenting team in 2012, covering cycling events.

Today, Dawson leverages his extensive experience in sports and media in his business development consultancy, aiding global businesses in strategic conversations and innovative service solutions. His multifaceted career, ranging from sports to television and business, exemplifies his dynamic personality, adaptability, and enduring popularity.

To book Matt Dawson as an after-dinner speaker, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Matt Dawsons’ speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Business Development
  • Working under pressure
  • High performance
  • Confidence
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
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