Front rower, Matt Sandell first joined the Tahs one year out of high school in 2014 as part of a six-man transition group, which included current teammate, Jack Dempsey.
A product of Sydney Uni's first-grade side, he was selected on the bench for the NSW Waratahs against the Brumbies in round two last year but a season ending knee injury suffered in the Shute Shield cut all other opportunities short.
Returning to the field in 2017 pre-season, Sandell will be keen to resurrect his potential shot at a Super Rugby debut after after re-signing to the Club for a further two seasons last year.
Initially part of the extended playing squad, Sandell's work ethic during his rehab earned him an upgrade to the Tahs' core playing squad.
The 21-year-old was born in Wellington in country NSW, and raised, in his early years, in Mudgee. He then relocated to Sydney where he attended St. Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, playing in the first XV for three seasons as tight-head prop from 2011 to 2013.
Like many of his Tahs teammates, Sandell has successfully transitioned through the NSW rugby pathways system, as a key figure in the NSW Gen Blue Under 20s and NSW Club rugby.
Sandell was selected to represent the Australian Schoolboys in 2012 and 2013 and was part the Australian U20’s in 2014 and 2015.
He represented the Sydney Stars in the opening two seasons of the Buildcorp NRC in 2014 and 2015. He joined the Western Sydney Rams in 2016 but was unable to take to the field due to his injury.
Last updated: 9/01/2017