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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.

Matt Prior
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Personal information
Full nameMatthew Prior
Born (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 32)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
PositionProp, Second-row, Lock, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–13 St. George Illawarra 120 8 0 0 32
2014– Cronulla Sharks 128 6 0 0 24
Total 248 14 0 0 56
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–17 Country Origin 2 0 0 0 0
2018– New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
As of 10 August 2019
Source: [1]


Playing careerEdit

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] He was suspended for five weeks over the incident.[5] 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.[6]

On 3 September 2017, Prior made his 200th appearance in The NRL.[7]

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.[8]

Prior played 27 games for Cronulla in 2018 as the club reached the preliminary final against Melbourne but fell short of another grand final appearance losing 22-6 at AAMI Park.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Prior was born in Wollongong in New South Wales and went to school at Bulli High School.[citation needed] Prior is a life Member of The Thirroul Butchers.


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ "Stuart names Blues in waiting". SMH. 13 January 2011.
  4. ^ Prior to face judiciary for Thurston hit – ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  5. ^ Prior gets five weeks for Thurston hit – ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  6. ^ "Cronulla defeat Storm to break 50-year NRL grand final hoodoo - as it happened". The Guardian.
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  9. ^ "Melbourne v Cronulla preliminary final". The Guardian.

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