Courtney Lawes

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Courtney Lawes
Courtney Lawes 2013.jpg
Date of birth (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Hackney, London, England
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb) [1]
School Northampton School for Boys
Moulton College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock / Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Northampton Old Scouts
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007– Northampton Saints 151 (15)
correct as of 7 March 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009– England 38 (0)
correct as of 21 March 2015.
Official website
www.courtney-lawes.com

Courtney Lawes (born 23 February 1989 in Hackney, England)[2] is a professional rugby player for Northampton Saints, who play in the Aviva Premiership. Lawes is a versatile player, and can play either in the second or back row. Lawes grew up near Northampton. Lawes is a product of Northampton Old Scouts, the same club that produced his former team mate Rob Milligan as well as Ben Cohen and Steve Thompson, amongst others. Lawes has won England representative honours for the U18 and U20 sides and won his first senior cap against Australia in November 2009.

Career[edit]

He toured Australia with England Under 18s in 2007 and made his Saints first team debut against Esher in National One in the 2007–08 season.[3] He missed out on the 2008 U20s Six Nations through injury but featured in the IRB Junior World Championship that year.

The following season (2008–09) he played in the Guinness Premiership, the EDF Energy Trophy and the European Challenge Cup, receiving the Man of The Match award in the home game against Montpellier.[4] He established a reputation for making huge tackles, notably in the final of the ECC Tournament against Bourgoin where he hit Morgan Parra in a tackle so hard that his shoulder dislocated[5] and in the 2015 Six Nations Championship match against France with a huge tackle on Jules Plisson.[6]

International[edit]

In the summer of 2009 was a member of the England Under 20 team that reached the final of the JWC in Tokyo.[7]

On 7 July, Lawes was selected for the England Saxons squad.[8] On 26 October, Lawes received his first call-up to the England Rugby Elite Squad.[9] He made his England debut on 7 November in the 18–9 defeat against Australia at Twickenham, replacing Leicester's Louis Deacon for the last 12 minutes of the match.

Personal life[edit]

Courtney Lawes is reported to have one of the largest garden gnome collections in the Western World. He also has a daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northampton Saints Profile". Northampton Saints website. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Courtney Lawes: England's hopes are looking up". The Independent (London). 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Northampton Saints 74–10 Esher". Official Northampton Saints Website. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Second bonus point puts Saints top of Euro pool". Official Northampton Saints Website. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Northampton 15–3 Bourgoin". BBC. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Courtney Lawes' massive hit on Jules Plisson, England v France, 21st March 2015". RBS 6 Nations Youtube Channel. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  7. ^ "England lose out to New Zealand in Junior final". RFU. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  8. ^ Wilkinson returns to England fold BBC Sport. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  9. ^ Injury-hit England make changes BBC Sport. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2010-02-17.

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