Matthew Turner rugby player
Matthew Turner rugby player

Mathew Turner

18th Jan 1988 1.79m/86kg Fullback

Qualifying through his English mother enabled Mathew Turner to launch his top-level career on the Sevens World Series circuit when making his England debut in 2008 at George. Born and schooled in Cape Town, Turner went to Bishops College and then played Varsity Cup for UCT in 2008 in the inaugural tournament.

He joined Premiership side Bristol following that season and represented them in the Premiership, Anglo Welsh Cup and Championship in his 2 season stay.

He went on to score 89 tries overall for the England 7's set up, 38 when being the tournament’s top touchdown maker in 2011-12. They included seven in the Dubai tournament – two when England won the Cup by beating France 29-12 in the final. Another 16 of his tries were in 2009-10.

He made his way back to Cape Town after signing for Western Province but was unable to cement a place in the team. He launched and ran a number of 7's coaching clinics and programs. His coaching exploits saw him take the reigns of the Sri Lanka National team in 2015 before he went back into 15's and signed for the Seattle Seawolves in the MLR.

In June 2020 he announced a dual role at the franchise, taking up a player coach role.

SL June '20


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2009 - 2009
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2008 - 2010
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2014 - 2015
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2015 - 2015
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2008 - 2019
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2018 - 2024