Matthew Rees (born 9 December 1980) is a Wales and British Lions international rugby union footballer who currently plays for the Cardiff Blues. His usual position is at hooker. Rees is the most capped Hooker for the Wales national team.
Rees previously played for Pontypridd, the now defunct Celtic Warriors, and the Scarlets.
Matthew Rees was a product of the Pontypridd Under-21 Academy from the 2000–01 season. His nickname at Sardis Road was "Smiler". Rees made one substitute appearance for the side in the 2001–02 Celtic League, along with three appearances as a replacement in the 2001–02 European Challenge Cup. In the following season, Rees played in three 2002–03 Celtic League games, starting in two, and made three appearances in the 2002–03 European Challenge Cup, two of these coming from the bench.
With the regionalisation of Welsh professional club rugby, Rees joined Celtic Warriors in 2003. Rees made 16 appearances for the Warriors in the 2003–04 Celtic League, as well as one appearance in the 2003–04 Heineken Cup. The Celtic Warriors team was disbanded after its first season due to financial issues however, and Rees moved to Llanelli Scarlets, another one of the recently founded Welsh regional sides...
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