Mathew Protheroe rugby player
Mathew Protheroe rugby player

Mat Protheroe

10th Oct 1996 1.80m/76kg Fullback

As a youngster Protheroe grew up in Wales, near Swansea. Aged 8, he joined Waunarlwydd rugby club and went on to play for his school and district.

However at 16 the talented back missed out on gaining a place in the Ospreys academy. But the Welsh region’s loss was Hartpury’s gain.

At the famous finishing school for top class rugby players Protheroe, under the watchful eye of then Hartpury director of rugby Alan Martinovic, switched from fly-half to full back.

On 27 May 2015, Protheroe signed his first professional contract with Gloucester Rugby, going on to play for the Cherry & Whites on four occasions.

In May 2017, Bristol announced that the highly rated youngster will join the clubs ranks for the 2017/18 season.

The full back - who can also operate at fly half - joined from Gloucester and has also represented England at U18 and U20 level.

Protheroe drew the attention of rugby fans on his debut season for Hartpury in National One, helping them clinch promotion to the Championship after playing for them on a dual registration in this campaign.

In 2018, Protheroe lit up Ashton Gate, winning try of the season for his length of the field effort versus Cornish Pirates.

He heads into the new season having represented Bristol on 11 occasions scoring 15 points.

(LS August 2018)

Career

image Bristol Bears
Fly Half
2017 - present
hartpury-college-250x250 Hartpury College RFC
Fullback
2019 - present
england England U20's
Fullback
2016 - 2017
image Gloucester Rugby
Fly Half
2016 - 2017