Darren Morris

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Darren Morris
Date of birth (1974-09-24) 24 September 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Pontypridd, Wales
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 19 st 2 lb (122 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop, Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–1998
1998–2003
2003–2006
2006–2009
2009–2010
2010
Neath
Swansea
Leicester
Worcester
Cardiff Blues
Northampton Saints


74
64
0


(5)
(10)
(0)
correct as of 2 May 2009.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998–present Wales 18 (5)
correct as of 4 Jan 2008.

Darren Morris (born 24 September 1974) is a former Wales international rugby union player who also represented the British and Irish Lions. He currently plays for Doncaster Knights as a loosehead prop.

Club career[edit]

Morris was born in Pontypridd, and educated at Aberdare Boys School, Neath College and the University of Glamorgan. He played tighthead for Neath, but moved to Swansea in 1998, moving to loosehead when Ben Evans arrived. Morris then joined Leicester Tigers, and finding competition for places with England props Graham Rowntree and Julian White, improved his fitness levels. However, Tigers did not offer to renew his contract at the end of the 2006 season. Morris signed for Worcester Warriors and made 64 appearances for the club. In July 2009 it was announced he was leaving Worcester at the end of the season. He joined Cardiff Blues. In January 2010, Morris signed for Northampton Saints until the end of the season as a replacement for Santiago Gonzalez Bonorino. Morris then joined Hartpury College in a player-coach role before announcing his retirement from playing at the end of the 2011-12 season.[1] He returned to rugby in 2013, signing for Doncaster Knights as a player-coach.[2]

International career[edit]

He made his Wales début on 6 June 1998 against Zimbabwe. He played in the 2001 Six Nations and Morris played on the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, and came on as a replacement for Tom Smith in the third test.

He also went on the 2004 tour to Argentina and South Africa under Mike Ruddock. Morris appeared twice in Argentina as a replacement from the bench, and in his final Wales game, appeared as a blood replacement against South Africa on 24 June 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonorino retires, Saints draft in Morris". Northampton Saints. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ Hoden, Liam. "Doncaster Knights: Double delight as ex-Lion and Field sign". The Star. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 

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