Neil Cochrane

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Neil Cochrane
Cochrane vs Welsh.PNG
Neil Cochrane playing for Bedford Blues against London Welsh
Full name Neil Cochrane
Date of birth (1984-01-04) 4 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb) [1]
School Boroughmuir High School
University University of Reading
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005-2008
2008-2011
2011–2013
2013-2014
2014-
Rotherham Titans
Doncaster Knights
Bedford Blues
London Wasps
Edinburgh Rugby
83
75
50
8
(70)
(60)
(70)
(10)
correct as of 21 October 2012.

Neil Cochrane (born 4 January 1984 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish rugby union player who currently plays for Wasps and is the former captain of the Scotland under 21's. Neil is known as hard-hitting forward with plenty of pace and power[2]

Background[edit]

When he was fifteen he took up rugby at Boroughmuir High School after his friends convinced him to play in their team. Cochrane initially played rugby union at centre before moving to flanker. Whilst playing for Boroughmuir he was spotted by the Under 16s State School Scotland Rugby Union Team, which led to an academy place with Edinburgh Rugby. In 2003 Cochrane was called up to the Scotland Under-21s, captaining the team between 2004-2005.

Club career[edit]

Rotherham Titans[edit]

In 2005 he was offered his first professional contract by RFU Championship side the Rotherham Titans. During his three years at Rotherham, Cochrane made 83 appearances at flanker scoring 70 points and was voted player of the year in his final season for them.

Doncaster Knights[edit]

In 2008 Cochrane signed a full-time contract with the Doncaster Knights where once again supporters voted him Player of the Year[3] in 2010. During his three years at the Knights, Cochrane made 75 appearances scoring 60 points.

Bedford Blues[edit]

Bedford Blues moved in to sign Cochrane from Doncaster Knights at the beginning of the 2011-12 RFU Championship where he changed from the position of flanker to hooker. Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said "We are delighted that he has agreed to join us next season, you only need to have seen Doncaster in action this season to realise how important a player Neil has been to the Knights."[4]

Cochrane quickly established himself as the starting hooker for the Blues, who secured second position in the 2011/12 RFU Championship table with a win over Nottingham in the last game of the season. Whilst in preparations for the semi-finals of the Championship play offs against London Welsh Bedford agreed a new 12 month deal with Cochrane to continue playing in his new position for the 2012/13 Championship season.

London Wasps[edit]

On 3 May 2013, Cochrane leaves Bedford Blues for London Wasps, who compete in the Aviva Premiership for the 2013/14 season.[5]

Edinburgh Rugby[edit]

On 27 January 2014, Cochrane returns to Scotland to rejoin with his hometown club Edinburgh Rugby for the 2014/15 season.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bedford Blues Rugby Club". web page. Bedford Blues. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Neil Cochrane leaves Doncaster for Bedford Blues". web page. BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cochrane is aiming to go from strength to strength". web page. Scotsman.com. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Neil Cochrane leaves Doncaster for Bedford Blues". web page. BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "London Wasps sign Bedford Blues hooker Neil Cochrane". BBC Sport. 3 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Edinburgh snaps up London Wasps hooker Neil Cochrane". BBC Sport. 27 January 2014. 

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