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Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott
  • Date of Birth: 30-07-1985
  • Height: 185
  • Weight: 109
  • Position: Prop
  • Rep. Honours: Australia, Queensland, NRL All Stars
  • Junior Clubs: Longreach Tigers, Gemfield Giants
  • FG Debut: v Eels, 17/07/04 (Rd 19)
  • Club Debut: v Eels, 17/07/04 (Rd 19)
  • Twitter: MattScott85
  • Instagram: matt__scott

The Ville

Born: Longreach
Home town: Ilfracombe
Career highlight: 2015 NRL grand final
Best part about being a Cowboy: The community support 
Favourite recipe
: Anything slow cooked
Life goal after football: Have a happy family
If you were an animal, what kind would you be? Hippo
Message to younger players: Work hard and listen

From the small town of Ilfracombe, Scott played his junior football with the Longreach Tigers and at St Brendans College Yeppoon where he attracted the interest of the North Queensland Cowboys.

The young front-rower made his NRL debut just short of his 19th birthday when he ran out on 1300SMILES Stadium to play Parramatta in round 19 of the 2004 season but unfortunately suffered a broken leg, ending his year.

He played his first game for Queensland in 2006, represented the Australian Prime Minister's XIII in 2009, and made his Test debut in 2010, the year in which he won the Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year as well as the Players’ Player Award.

Scott became co-captain of the Cowboys prior to the start of the 2011 season and was named the Dally M Prop of the Year for the first time at the end of the ’11 campaign.

In 2012, Scott played in all three matches in Queensland’s seventh successive State of Origin series victory and was named man of the match in Australia’s Trans-Tasman Test success against New Zealand at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Another sterling season followed in 2013 when the front-rower again played in every match in another Queensland State of Origin series win and he joined Australia’s starting front-row in the Test against New Zealand in April.

Scott also moved to fifth in the Cowboys’ all-time games played list with 163 matches by season’s end.

For the second time, he won the Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year and the Players’ Player award and ended 2013 by playing for the victorious Kangaroos team in the Rugby League World Cup in the UK and Ireland.

The only thing that was able to slow Scott down in 2014 was a fractured cheekbone suffered in Origin II that kept him on the sideline for a month.

When he returned, the co-captain’s tremendous form was a big reason for the Cowboys winning eight of their last 10 matches.

Amazingly consistent, Scott was never held under 100 metres in attack all season and he smashed through the 150-metre barrier 12 times, highlighted by a performance that earned him a rare perfect 10 from Rugby League Week in round nine against Brisbane.

Scott’s metres per game average was No.1 for the Cowboys, 33m ahead of second-ranked Jason Taumalolo and 34m better than what he achieved in 2013.

All of this was achieved with a badly damaged shoulder that required an end-of-season reconstruction and forced him to give up his Kangaroos jumper.

Scott played a great deal of the 2015 season under significant injury duress with a neck problem, but off-season surgery saw him enjoy an injury-free run at the start of the 2016 season as well as all through the State of Origin period.

Like his fellow skipper Johnathan Thurston, Scott backed up a highly successful 2015 campaign with a strong 2016 as the forward leader showed the way both on and off the field.

Playing in his 13th NRL season, Scott, 31, played 23 games for the Cowboys, three State of Origins for Queensland, the May Test for the Kangaroos against New Zealand and again for Australia in the post-season Four Nations tournament. 

In the Cowboys jersey, he averaged 126 running metres a game, made 22 tackles on average and produced a team-high 27 offloads – a highly effective output given the average 46 minutes of game time played.

He missed two games late in the season, with an ongoing back issue ruling him out for Round 24 and a broken finger forcing him to miss the final regular season contest against the Titans, before he went on to play through the finals series with his finger not fully healed.

His courage and leadership credentials have never been questioned, and Scott was shortlisted for the Captain of the Year award at the 2016 Dally Ms.

After a shortened but successful 2017 pre-season, he unfortunately suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Round 2 extra-time thriller against the Broncos.

Scott signed on as a career Cowboy in March 2017, inking a two-year deal that will see him in Cowboys colours until the end of the 2019 NRL season.