22 Facts About Barrie-Jon Mather


Barrie-Jon Mather was born on 15 January 1973 and is an English former rugby league and rugby union player.

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Barrie-Jon Mather was the NSWRL's general manager of football until October 2020, when he was made redundant.

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Barrie-Jon Mather moved to Blackpool at a young age when his father took up a teaching position in Lytham St Annes, and attended Arnold School, where he quickly developed as a rugby union player.

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Barrie-Jon Mather saw domestic success with Wigan and was a member of the Challenge Cup-winning side of 1994 as well as a member of the side that defeated the Brisbane Broncos in the 1994 World Club Challenge at Brisbane's ANZ Stadium.

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Barrie-Jon Mather eventually took Wigan to court when they refused to release his registration without a transfer fee following him signing a contract with Western Reds in Australia.

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Barrie-Jon Mather played a summer stint for the Western Reds in 1995 while at Wigan and fell in love with the Australian way of life.

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Barrie-Jon Mather eventually signed a three-year deal with the club but was unable to complete the move as he claimed to be a free agent but Wigan retained his registration.

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Barrie-Jon Mather was selected for England in the 1995 World Cup Final on the reserve bench but did not play as Australia won the match and retained the Cup.

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Barrie-Jon Mather is the only player to win Great Britain caps whilst at the Western Reds.

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Barrie-Jon Mather signed for Castleford Tigers in October 1997 following the financial problems of the Western Reds.

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Barrie-Jon Mather played for Castleford for just one season before making a big money switch to rugby union.

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Barrie-Jon Mather joined Sale Sharks in 1998 on a two-year deal mainly funded by the RFU.

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Barrie-Jon Mather did not have the best of times with Sale and played for the club until his contract release in 2000.

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Barrie-Jon Mather returned to Castleford Tigers in 2000 and in his first season back in Super League he made 16 appearances, scoring 7 tries.

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In 2002 Barrie-Jon Mather made 21 appearances for the Tigers and scored 7 tries for them.

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However towards the end of the 2002's Super League VII, Barrie-Jon Mather announced that he would retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

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In 2003 it was announced Barrie-Jon Mather had signed a 12-month deal to play for Kubota in Japan.

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Barrie-Jon Mather represented Great Britain between 1994 and 1996 making 3 appearances.

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Barrie-Jon Mather was selected for England for the 1995 World Cup where he made 3 appearances including playing in the opening game against Australia.

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In 2006 Barrie-Jon Mather was appointed Academy Coach at Guinness Premiership side London Irish.

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On 11 June 2009 it was announced Barrie-Jon Mather would become the RFLs Head of Player Development on 1 July 2009.

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In January 2014 it was announced Barrie-Jon Mather would become the General Manager, Football of the NSWRL based in Australia, starting in February 2014.

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