Philip enjoyed a breakout season in 2017 with the Western Force and Perth Spirit in the National Rugby Championship. The 115kg lock can also cover at blindside flanker, and has played a season in New Zealand's Mitre Ten Cup for Southland.
Abrasive second rower Matt Philip will line up for the Road Safety Perth Spirit coming off a huge Super Rugby season in the blue Force jersey. Philip stamped his authority as one of the Force’s first choice locks this season thanks to his aggression in contact and precision at lineout time. Philip will step up as leader in the Pigs’ pack this season.