Matt Prior (rugby league)
Matthew Prior (born 27 May 1987) is an Australian professional Rugby league footballer who plays as prop, second-row and lock forward for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the NRL. He was a member of the St George Illawarra Dragons' 2010 and Sharks' 2016 NRL Premership winning teams.
|Full name||Matthew Prior|
|Born||27 May 1987|
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (16 st 10 lb)|
|Position||Prop, Second-row, Lock, Centre|
As of 10 August 2019
Prior started at St George Illawarra in 2006, making his NRL debut in round 5 of the 2008 season. In 2010 he was a member of the Dragons' premiership winning side and he played in their 2010 NRL Grand Final victory. That year he signed for a further three years with the club and he played with them till the end of 2013.
On 13 January 2011, Prior was named in the "Blues in waiting" squad. He attended a three-day camp at Homebush January 2013 co-ordinated by coach Ricky Stuart for players deemed to have potential to feature in future New South Wales Origin teams.
In Round 9, 2012 he was sent off for striking Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston with his elbow, with his charge referred directly to the NRL Judiciary. He was suspended for five weeks over the incident. After the incident Prior was moved to the interchange bench for the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
For the 2014 season, Prior moved to the Cronulla Sharks. He was a regular member of their first grade team and in 2016 played a pivotal role in their push as premiership contenders. He gave a man of the match performance in their qualifying semi-final match against the Canberra Raiders and played in their semi-final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys to earn a place in the 2016 NRL Grand Final. Prior played at prop in the grand final against Melbourne which Cronulla won 14-12, claiming their first premiership since entering the competition in 1967.
On 3 September 2017, Prior made his 200th appearance in The NRL.
A surprise selection, Prior was named in the 2018 NSW Blues team for Origin 2 to replace the injured Reagan Campbell-Gillard. New South Wales went on to win the game 18-14 and win their first series since 2014. In game 3, Prior was left out of The Blues side and was replaced by Tariq Sims.
- Rugby League Project
- MATT PRIOR RE-SIGNS WITH DRAGONS. dragons.com.au. 22 March 2010
- "Stuart names Blues in waiting". SMH. 13 January 2011.
- Prior to face judiciary for Thurston hit – ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Prior gets five weeks for Thurston hit – ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- "Cronulla defeat Storm to break 50-year NRL grand final hoodoo - as it happened". The Guardian.
- "Melbourne v Cronulla preliminary final". The Guardian.