RUGBY UNION - Coventry Rugby sign Mathews from Championship rivals Hartpury - The Coventry Observer

RUGBY UNION - Coventry Rugby sign Mathews from Championship rivals Hartpury

COVENTRY Rugby have completed the signing of Tommy Mathews from Championship rivals Hartpury.

The 23-year-old will link up with Coventry when pre-season commences in early July and can play at fly-half and centre.

Former Hartpury student Mathews has the unusual distinction of representing Wales as an under-18 through his Welsh father before going on to play for England during their 2021 under-20s campaign.

Coventry head coach, Alex Rae said: “Tommy is a young man who is a really talented footballer but also has a great kicking game.

“He’s got plenty of experience at a young age and are really excited to see the further development and growth in his game which will be possible in our environment.”

Mathews added: “The signings Coventry have made this year are very exciting and being part of that is something I’m really looking forward to.

“They clearly have aspirations to win the Championship and the chance to work alongside their coaching team in that environment is something I couldn’t turn down.”

Mathews played at Petersfield RFC then as part of Gloucester’s junior academy before a stint in Northampton’s senior academy saw him feature in the Championship during loan spells with Bedford Blues, Ampthill and Nottingham.

After a short-term deal as injury cover at Wasps allowed Mathews to play in both the Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership, the Hampshire product returned to Gloucestershire with Hartpury prior to the start of the 2022/23 season.

Since then he has combined studying for the first two years of a degree in strength and conditioning with taking his career senior appearance total beyond the 80-game mark.

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