Born in Brighton in February 1987, Matthew James (Matt) Mullan is currently first choice loosehead prop, and also co-captain of Wasps Rugby 1st XV.
He originally played for Worcester Warriors for 8 years before signing for Wasps Rugby in 2013 where he instantly made his presence felt on the field. For a number of years Mullan was on the edges of the England squad with the odd call up as injury cover. However he made his most serious claim for the squad in 2013/14 where he was in the squad for the Autumn Internationals, The Six Nations, and the England squad who toured New Zealand in 2014. He fell out of favour with Stuart Lancaster during his disasterous World Cup campaign, but is now playing his best rugby ever and knocking on the door of the England squad once again.
In the Aviva Premiership match against London Irish at Twickenham Matt Mullan’s stats are hard to believe.
Throughout the match he made 14 carries – only Nathan Hughes made more. He made 9 tackles – only Thomas Young made more. He made 9 passes – as many as Elliot Daly. And made more metres with the ball in hand than both Ashley Johnson and James Haskell. As if this wasn’t enough he managed all of this without even being on the pitch for the full game. He was replaced by the impressive Simon McIntyre at 60 minutes.
This season so far he has held his own against a series of International tight head props.
- Matt Stevens of Toulon (England)
- Mike Ross of Leinster (Ireland)
- Tomas Francis of Exeter Chiefs (Wales)
- Adam Jones of Harlequins (Wales)
- Henry Thomas of Bath (England).
Matt Mullan is an absolute stalwart of the Wasps Squad, and is getting better and better every season. Under the tutelage of Dai Young, himself a former Welsh International and British Lion Prop forward he has come on leaps and bounds. He is the leaer of a new generation of powerful, mobile prop forwards, and is one to watch for the future.