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Matthew Cockbain
Birth nameMatthew James Cockbain
Date of birth (1972-09-19) 19 September 1972 (age 51)
Place of birthCoffs Harbour, New South Wales
Height197 cm (6 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb)
Notable relative(s)Brent Cockbain (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1990–2003 GPS ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cardiff Blues
World Fighting Bull
Melbourne Rebels (ARC)
7 (5)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–2003 Queensland Reds 91 (35)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997–2003 Reds 73 (30)
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997–2003 Australia 63 (5)

Matt Cockbain (born 19 September 1972) is an Australian rugby union football coach and a former international player. He played over 60 tests for the national team, the Wallabies including winning the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Cockbain was an assistant coach to the Fijian national team on their 2014 end-of-year tour,[2] and the forwards coach at the Melbourne Rebels from 2012 to 2014.[2]

Cockbain began his professional career with the Queensland Reds in 1995. He made his debut for Australia in 1997 at Brisbane in a Test match against France. After a short stint with the Cardiff Blues in 2004, he played with World Corporation in Japan from 2004 to 2006 before returning to Australia to play for the Melbourne Rebels (ARC) team in the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007. He was called up as an injury standby for the 2007 Wallaby World Cup squad.[citation needed]

His brother, Brent Cockbain played rugby union for Wales.


  1. ^ "2001 Australian Wallabies squad - British & Irish Lions Tour". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Matt Cockbain". Retrieved 27 December 2014.