MATT DAWSON has made an enormous identify for himself as an England Rugby World Cup winner and, subsequently, a group captain on A Question of Sport.
At the similar time, he has been working to boost consciousness about Lyme illness after being pressured to bear coronary heart surgical procedure because of choosing up the sickness.
How old is Matt Dawson and who did he play rugby for?
Matt Dawson was born in Birkenhead on October 31, 1972.
The forty five-yr-old began his profession as a scrum half for Northampton, the place he performed between 1991 and 2004.
He then moved to Wasps, the place he performed for 2 years earlier than his retirement in 2006.
Dawson debuted for England towards Western Samoa in 1995 and performed for eleven years earlier than his retirement.
The star delivered the move for Jonny Wilkinson's well-known event-profitable drop aim at the 2003 World Cup in Australia.
He additionally participated in three British and Irish Lions excursions – in 1997, 2001 and 2005.
How did Matt Dawson catch Lyme illness?
Matt Dawson was strolling in a park in London final yr when he was bitten by a tick, which unfold the bacterial an infection all through his physique.
He said: "I had two days the place I felt terrible. Very feverish, on the couch, crashed out.
"It was a very scary time for me and my household. Such a tiny creature induced me to finish up needing coronary heart surgical procedure."
Instances of Lyme illness have risen fourfold in the UK over the previous ten years and Dawson admits he didn't assume he was in danger of catching the sickness on house soil.
He said: "I'd heard of Lyme illness earlier than. It was one thing I'd all the time related to locations overseas, on the continent, in America, wherever there have been deer.
"There's no means that I might've walked via a wooden or a forest with my youngsters and gone again residence and thought, 'proper, I'll simply examine for some ticks simply to ensure the whole lot is high-quality'.
"I simply wouldn't have thought of that."
How is he elevating consciousness about Lyme illness?
Dawson has joined up with the Huge Tick Venture to boost consciousness about tick-borne illnesses in the UK.
He said: "I'm nonetheless on treatment and its going to take quite a bit of time for the coronary heart to completely get well.
"This is not one thing that must be checked out like, 'oh it's solely a tick, a tick is a bit like a flea, its superb!'," he said.
"These ticks carry some actually fairly potent, critical micro organism and they will trigger you numerous of issues. Elevating consciousness of them is crucial."
How long has Matt Dawson been a captain on A Question of Sport for?
Matt Dawson joined A Question of Sport as a workforce captain in 2004.
He appeared on the present with, first, Ally McCoist, and then Phil Tuffnell captaining the opposing workforce.
MATT DAWSON has made an enormous identify for himself as an England Rugby World Cup winner and, subsequently, a staff captain on A Question of Sport.