Scout Report: Will Matthews

Our man Down Under, Andrew Ferguson, gives us the lowdown on Widnes’ new signing, Will Matthews.


Name: Will Matthews
DOB: March 30, 1988 – 29-years-old
Height: 186cm – 6’1
Weight 105kg – 16st 5
Position: Second-row/loose-forward


Will Matthews has been used as a ball running utility from the interchange intermittently throughout his decade-long career in the NRL.

He made his debut with the Titans in 2008, playing 33 games in four seasons before moving to the Dragons. In his six seasons there, he amassed a further 60 appearances.

He has played as a centre briefly, but most commonly plays at lock, prop and in the back row. A very good offloader with a penchant for busting through edge defences, he is a very good runner and distributor in open play. He can drop off tackles when defending against faster players, but this seems less of a concern the more game time he gets.

League Express features an interview with Matthews on his move to Super League. Buy in stores now or online at