James Simpson-Daniel

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James Simpson-Daniel
Full name James Simpson-Daniel
Date of birth (1982-05-30) 30 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)[1]
School Sedbergh School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing / Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001-2014 Gloucester Rugby 276 (600)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002-2008
2002-2008
England Saxons
England

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James David Simpson-Daniel (born 30 May 1982 in Stockton-on-Tees)[2] is a former English rugby union footballer who played wing or centre for Gloucester Rugby.

He attended Red House School & Sedbergh School in the Yorkshire Dales, which has produced a number of professional rugby union players including Will Greenwood, Will Carling and Phil Dowson, with whom he played alongside in the same XV. He began playing for the Yorkshire Under 18s and then the North East Under 18s. While his schoolmates were attending university open days, he was visiting professional rugby union clubs. He eventually chose Gloucester Rugby. His Gloucester Rugby debut was against Rotherham in 2001, when he scored a superb individual try.[citation needed]

He represented England at the Hong Kong Sevens in 2002 and scored a hat trick in the final, which England won. He flew back and followed it up with a hat trick in a club game against Bath. Four days before his twentieth birthday he rounded Jonah Lomu to score a famous try for an uncapped England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham.[citation needed]

He made his international debut for England against New Zealand in November 2002. An injury to his foot meant that he missed a tour to Argentina. He recovered for the Autumn internationals against Australia and New Zealand but was diagnosed with glandular fever and missed out on playing against South Africa. He was playing again within a few months and was able to be a part of Gloucester Rugby winning the cup.

He narrowly missed selection to the final 30 for the 2003 Rugby World Cup because of a back problem, although he had celebrated his first Six Nations Championship start some months earlier with a try in the match against Italy. Unluckily, injury once again prevented him playing a part in the 2004 Autumn series in November and he missed further game time for the build up to the 2005 Six Nations. Picked in the centre for England's final 2005 Autumn test against Samoa but a hip injury forced him off at half-time.

In 2006, he made the squad for England's tour of Australia and scored two tries in their win over the Barbarians on 28 May. However, he suffered a dead leg midweek during training, and as a result missed both tests, in which England were resoundingly beaten.

Once more, he was beset by bad luck and suffered a comminuted fracture of his collarbone in a pre-season match for Gloucester Rugby, which greatly reduced his chances of playing in the autumn tests.

He was recalled to the England squad for the 2007 Summer Tour of South Africa, alongside club colleagues Andy Hazell, Nick Wood, Iain Balshaw, Anthony Allen and Alex Brown. After fantasic performances for Gloucester throughout the 2007–08 season, Simpson-Daniel was named Guinness Premiership Player of The Season beating Olly Barkley and teammate Akapusi Qera.

Simpson-Daniel was called into the England Saxons squad to face Italy A in Ragusa, Sicily on 9 February 2008.[3][4]

Following some great performances with his top of the league club Gloucester, Simpson-Daniel was called into the England squad for the team to face on Scotland on 8 March 2008.[5] Called into the 2011 Rugby World Cup training squad, on 1 August 2011 Simpson-Daniel was one of five players released by manager Martin Johnson.[6]

On September 2 2014, James Simpson-Daniel announced his retirement due to an ongoing ankle injury.[7]

Simpson-Daniel's older brother Chris was also a professional rugby player for Newcastle Falcons and Worcester, however his career was curtailed by injury.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ James Simpson-Daniel player profile ESPN Scrum.com
  3. ^ "England Saxons training squad for Italy A". RFU. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Guest, Care and Jarvis join Skinner and Brown in England Saxons squad". Quins. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Simpson-Daniel Gets England Call". BBC. 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Veteran Worsley let go by England". BBC News. 1 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gloucester and England winger James Simpson Daniel force to retire through ankle injury". Gloucester Rugby. 2 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Interview: James Simpson-Daniel". theguardian.com. 26 May 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 

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