Rugby champ Matt Jess on life at Cape

Matt Jess is a professional rugby player who plays for Exeter Chiefs in the English Premiership. He went to Cape Cornwall School from 1995-2000. We asked him a few questions and this is some information we found out about him and his time at school.

His favourite moments at school were the inter-house tournaments, track events and the cross country course along the cliffs. “The cliffs and steep hills were quite scary but we overcame it”

His favourite moment in his career is his first premiership (where he scored against the Newcastle Falcons) and when the Exeter Chiefs won the championships and were promoted.

He had to work very hard to get to where he is today, “I had to work extra hard because I didn’t go down the normal path of going to academies”. He also said, “It was all about believing in yourself and always having a positive attitude”

He told young aspiring rugby players, “Follow your dreams, stick to it, keep striding for excellence and ALWAYS positive thinking and talking, because it might not happen today or tomorrow but if you try hard enough it will happen”

He was nicknamed the “Heamoor Flyer” because he was very fast as a winger for Penzance Pirates, and then his name was spread through Penwith as the Heamoor flyer. 

The school supported his decision to follow his path as a sportsman and things really turned out for the good because of it.

We asked what he would do if he wasn’t a rugby player, “If I wasn’t a rugby player I would like to become a coach for all sports not just rugby.”


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