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Albert Samuel "Alby" Mathewson (born 13 December 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays as a scrum-half.

Alby Mathewson
Birth nameAlbert Samuel Mathewson
Date of birth (1985-12-13) 13 December 1985 (age 33)
Place of birthHastings, New Zealand
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight93 kg (14.6 st; 205 lb)
SchoolHastings Boys' High School
UniversityVictoria University of Wellington
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
All Black No. 1087
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2010
2007–2009
2010–2012
2011–2012
2013–2016
2013
2016
2017
2017
2017–2018
2018–2019
Wellington
Hurricanes
Blues
Auckland
Force
Hawke's Bay
Canterbury
Bristol
King Country
Toulon
Munster
56
36
47
20
51
12
3
10
6
19
27
(65)
(20)
(65)
(15)
(26)
(10)
(0)
(0)
(5)
(20)
(30)
Correct as of 23 November 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006
2008–2010
2009
New Zealand U21
New Zealand
Junior All Blacks
5
5
2
(5)
(0)
(5)
Correct as of 1 July 2018

Early life and educationEdit

Mathewson was born in Hastings, New Zealand. He first attended Havelock North High School but switched to Hastings Boys' High School to improve his game.[1] He studied at Victoria University after finishing his schooling.[citation needed]

RugbyEdit

Mathewson made his Wellington debut in 2006 and Hurricanes debut in 2007, before shifting to the Blues in 2010. Mathewson made his international debut for New Zealand in 2010. In 2012, Mathewson signed a two-year contract with the Western Force in Australia,[2] which he extended until 2016 two years later.[3]

Mathewson joined Irish side Munster, who play in the Pro14 and Champions Cup and have a history of playing New Zealand, on a four-month short-term contract in August 2018. Mathewson, who played against Munster for Toulon during the 2017–18 season and also played for New Zealand against Munster in November 2008, was signed as injury-cover for Ireland and British and Irish Lions international Conor Murray, who had been ruled out for a short period with a neck injury.[4]

Mathewson made his debut for Munster on 29 September 2018, starting their 2018–19 Pro14 fixture against provincial rivals Ulster in Thomond Park, which Munster won 64–7.[5] He scored his first try for Munster in the provinces 30–22 defeat at the hands of Leinster on 6 October 2018.[6] He signed a three-month contract extensions with Munster in November 2018, which will see him remain with the province until March 2019.[7] Mathewson's contract with Munster was again extended in February 2019, this time until the end of the 2018–19 season,[8] before again being extended until the end of November 2019 to provide World Cup cover.[9] His last appearance for Munster was in their 21–21 draw against French side Racing 92 in round two of the 2019–20 Champions Cup on 23 November 2019.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Mathewson and his wife, Cara Mathewson, have two sons together. The oldest was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2010. At the time Mathewson was training with the All Blacks. Their youngest was born in Perth, Australia in 2015.[11]

Super Rugby StatisticsEdit

As of 20 July 2016[12]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2007 Hurricanes 11 9 2 619 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2008 Hurricanes 11 0 11 189 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2009 Hurricanes 14 10 4 810 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
2010 Blues 13 13 0 939 6 0 0 0 30 0 0
2011 Blues 18 16 2 1161 6 0 0 0 30 0 0
2012 Blues 16 8 8 699 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2013 Western Force 16 15 1 1142 1 0 0 0 5 2 0
2014 Western Force 9 8 1 564 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2015 Western Force 14 11 3 813 1 0 0 0 5 1 0
2016 Western Force 11 10 1 623 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 133 100 33 7559 20 0 0 0 100 3 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All Blacks: Diligence pays off for Mathewson". New Zealand Herald. 11 November 2008. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. ^ Robson, Tony (31 August 2012). "May the Force be with you Alby Mathewson". Auckland Now. Fairfax. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Mathewson committed to the Force until 2016" (Press release). Western Force. 23 May 2014. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Munster Sign Alby Mathewson". Munster Rugby. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Report | Record PRO14 Win For Munster Over Ulster". Munster Rugby. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Report | Munster Edged Out At Aviva". Munster Rugby. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Squad Update | Pre Zebre". Munster Rugby. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Contract Update | Five Players Put Pen To Paper". Munster Rugby. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Carbery Signs Munster Contract Extension Until 2022". Munster Rugby. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Video | Alby Mathewson Interview". Munster Rugby. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Mathewson leaves All Blacks squad for birth of child". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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