International Rugby Union player Matt Dawson is England's most capped scrum half, playing for the national team 77 times, including captaining the side nine times, and was a member of the team that won the World Cup in 2003. He retired from the game in 2006, but has maintained his assocation with the sport and continues to be a rugby analyst for BBC Radio Five Live. He is extremely competitive, and joined BBC One's "Question Of Sport" as a team captain in 2004, as well as taking part in and winning the 2006 "Celebrity Masterchef" competition beating Hardeep Singh Kohli and Roger Black in the final.
Matt danced in the fourth series of Strictly Come Dancing, and was partnered with the winning professional from the previous series, Lilia Kopylova. As the first celebrity in the series on to the dancefloor, Matt had a nervous start (despite wearing a hot pink shirt!) with Len suggesting it was a "Matt" finish, when it needed to be gloss! Not the worst dance of the night, it still only scored 19 points but the public vote saved them. The next dance for the pair was the Tango, and it was obvious that Matt was much better suited to ballroom, with an impressive routine, scoring 30 points with the judges. Generally better at the ballroom than the latin, his best week came in week seven when Lilia's beautifully choreographed routine and Matt's excellent performance in the Waltz earned them their first 10 from Len and 37 points in total. Matt & Lilia made it through to the final, where they met Mark & Karen, so it was like a ballroom specialist versus a latin star, and even though they danced their Waltz again, and improved their score with a 10 from both Len and Bruno, they lost out in the public vote to Mark & Karen, finishing runners-up out of fourteen couples, with Matt graciously conceding that he lost out to the better dancer.
Strictly Come Dancing
|1||Cha Cha Cha||I Can't Get No Satisfaction||2||5||6||6||19|
|3||Tango||Stand By Me||8||7||7||8||30|
|4||Paso doble||I Would Do Anything For Love||7||7||7||7||28|
|6||American Smooth||You Make Me Feel So Young||8||8||9||9||34|
|7||Waltz||What A Wonderful World||9||9||10||9||37|
|8||Jive||I Feel Good||6||7||8||7||28|
|9||Quickstep||Walking On Sunshine||8||8||9||9||34|
|9||Rumba||The Blower's Daughter||6||6||8||7||27|
|11||Argentine Tango||I've Seen That Face Before||7||7||8||8||30|
|Final||Waltz||What A Wonderful World||9||9||10||10||38|
|Final||Quickstep||(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher||9||9||9||9||36|
|Christmas 2006||Waltz||Silent Night||9||9||10||9||37|