Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, lock Charlie Matthews studied at Loughborough University and joined Harlequins in 2009. He was at The Stoop for nine years, making 163 appearances.
He was part of England’s squad for the 2011 Junior World Cup, playing alongside Wasps skipper Joe Launchbury in the second row. He also represented England Saxons and came off the bench in England’s game against the Barbarians in 2014.
He joined Wasps in 2018 and made his debut as a replacement in the win at Worcester on the opening day of the 2018/19 Premiership season. By the end of the season, he had played 13 games in Black and Gold. He showed his best form during the current campaign, with 15 more appearances, all but one of them in the starting fifteen.
"I would just like to thank Charlie for his massive efforts over the last two seasons. He has always given his best to the club, on and off the field. It’s a shame his Wasps career has ended before the season is over, as he was playing some of his best rugby before we went into lockdown. We would all like to wish Charlie, Phoebe, Rupert and their pending new arrival all the very best for their new adventure in Japan."
- Lee Blackett
“After 8 enjoyable years in the Premiership I have decided that the time is right for my young family and I to take up an exciting opportunity to play in Japan, for Kamaishi Seawaves.
It has been a pleasure working with such a great group of players and staff over the last two years and I have no doubt that they will be very successful in the coming seasons.”
- Charlie Matthews