Matthew Gilbert

Professional rugby player

That rich vein of success continued for Mat during his remaining three years at Hartpury. He was a member of an RFC side that gained four further promotions and lifted the EDF Junior Vase, Senior Vase and Intermediate Cup. He scored a try at Twickenham as  Hartpury won their first BUCS Championship against Loughborough University in 2007.

Mat, who is severely deaf, also represented the England Deaf team in each of his four years at the College as well as the Gloucester A side.

He signed for the Scarlets in 2010 and was dual-registered with Welsh Premiership side Llanelli RFC. He scored his first Scarlets try in a 31-3 LV= Cup victory over Leicester Tigers in October 2011 and has gone on to establish himself as an important member of the RaboDirect PRO12 side’s first team squad.