Matt Lowes is a much-loved fixture in the Esher Front Row. On 26th November he will make his 100th appearance for Esher in his seventh season at Esher. His first match for us was at Birmingham Moseley on 10th December 2016 when he was 22. By then he had already played 58 matches in 2 seasons for Caldy, starting when he was just 19. Hearing that confuses some people when he talks to you as Matt is a proud Geordie. Matt was indeed born in Newcastle but went to University in Liverpool and joined Caldy as a young student.
After graduation Matt moved down to London to work at Heathrow in construction management. Missing rugby he found his way to Esher liked it and stayed; both at Esher and Heathrow!
Over his 7 years with us Matt has scored 13 tries. He has also stayed remarkably fit, indeed last season he appeared in every match, some record for a prop. We look forward to many more years of Matt anchoring our scrum and ball-carrying into contact, a key part of his game.
Amazingly, Matt becomes the fourth loosehead prop, in the modern era, to reach 100 matches for Esher, following Duncan Cormack, Dave Millard and Ollie Mines.
As Matt reaches 100, so our skipper reaches his 50th appearance. Adam started his rugby at Vandals but at the age of 16 switched to Esher where he joined Dave Chalcraft's outstanding Under-19 team, playing with Ross Fowles, Andreas Robertson and Tom Chalcraft, all of whom have subsequently appeared for our 1st XV. Adam went to Loughborough University and played for their BUCS team before returning to Vandals where he quickly became a well-liked and respected captain.
In 2019 Adam decided he wanted a crack at a higher standard of rugby and joined Esher with Hugh Sloan. Adam made his debut for Esher on 9th November 2019 at Worthing and following the Pandemic was appointed captain by Peter Winterbottom. He is now into his second season as captain and is working hard to integrate the new players and achieve success on the pitch, despite having been injured for the first few matches this season.
Adam also works in construction as a Project Manager based in Kew. In November 2021 he married his wife Alex who has become a fully-fledged rugby wife, watching matches home and away and looking after their dog, Hunter, while Adam is socialising with the players.