Stevens was educated at Kearsney College, South Africa and played his youth rugby in that country, earning representative honours for Western Province, South African Universities and the Junior Springboks at Under 18 and Under 19 level, before deciding to move to England to pursue his university studies. He obtained a BSc in Politics and Economics from Bath University and, having joined Bath in September, 2002, worked hard enough to earn five appearances as a replacement at the end of his first season.
A British passport holder, he played for England U21 in the 2003 IRB Junior World Cup and then enjoyed a meteoric rise into the England strata. He made his Test debut against New Zealand as a replacement on the 2004 summer tour and his first England start came against Ireland in the 2005 RBS 6 Nations. He played in seven games at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, including the final against South Africa when he replaced skipper Phil Vickery.
He went on be part of the British and Irish Lions touring squad in 2005 and was a member of the 2007 England World Cup squad that reached the final in France and went with England to the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.
Prop Matt Stevens joined Saracens joined Saracens in January 2011 and within months had helped the club to its first Premiership title and was part of England’s World Cup campaign.
More than just a strong scrummager, Stevens is no stranger to popping up in the backline and has a good turn of pace with the ball in hand.
Off the field, Stevens has also shown his singing talents and reached the final of The X Factor: Battle of the Stars on ITV in 2006.