Nick Easter

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Nick Easter
Nick Easter 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nicholas James Easter
Date of birth (1978-08-15) 15 August 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Epsom, Surrey, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)[1]
School(s) attended Dulwich College
University(s) Nottingham Trent University
Relatives Mark Easter, Anne Easter Smith
Club information
Position(s) Number 8
Current club Harlequins
Youth clubs
Years Club
Old Alleynian
Villagers Club
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
2001–2004
2004 –
Orrell
Harlequins
75(150)
2460(255)
Representative teams
2007 -
2007 – 2011
England Saxons
England

470(25)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Nick Easter (born 15 August 1978 in Epsom, Surrey) is a rugby union rugby player who plays at No. 8 for Harlequins and England.

He is the brother of Sale Sharks player Mark Easter and the nephew of author Anne Easter Smith. His father John, played squash professionally and reached number 1 in Britain and No.9 in the world. His great grandfather, Pieter Le Roux, played for the Springboks. He attended the South London public school Dulwich College and Nottingham Trent University.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Nick Easter

After a period working in London, Easter moved to Rosslyn Park F.C. before swiftly moving onto Orrell and then Harlequins where he has stayed since.

He made his England debut in the 2007 Six Nations win against Italy.[3]

On 4 August 2007, Easter scored four tries as England beat Wales by a record 62–5 at Twickenham in a World Cup warm-up game.[4] Easter was the first No.8 to score four tries in one match for England.

Easter won the Harlequins Player of the year award for two consecutive seasons in 2004/5 and 2005/6 which helped him gain England recognition. He won this award for a third time at the end of the 2012/13 season at the age of 34.

Easter was selected for the World Cup squad.[5] He started 6 matches of the 2007 Rugby World Cup where he was a key influence in helping the team make the final.[6][7][8]

During the 2008 Six Nations[9] he was named man of match against France away in Englands 24–13 win. He also started all 5 matches of the 2009 Six Nations.[10]

On the 2010 England tour to Australia he was named man of the match in the second test victory 21–20, helping secure England's first win down under for 7 years. Later that year he captained his country during the autumn internationals against Samoa which England won 26-13.

He was involved in the 2011 Rugby Union World Cup and was reported to be the player to have reacted to England's quarter-final defeat by France in Auckland by joking: "There's £35k just gone down the toilet."

During 2012 despite being regarded as the 'best No.8 in England' he has found his road blocked into the England squad but has since enjoyed success with Harlequins helping them to win the Amlin Cup in 2011 and the club's first ever English Premiership title in 2012.

In the penultimate game of the 2013/14 season against Bath Nick became the most capped Harlequin in the professional era amassing 233 appearances.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Elite Squad - Nick Easter". web page. RFU. 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nick Easter". Sportsvibe. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  3. ^ Shea, Julian (2007-02-10). "England 20–7 Italy". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  4. ^ Standley, James (2007-08-04). "England 62–5 Wales". BBC. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Tindall & Hodgson miss World Cup". BBC. 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  6. ^ Shea, Julian (2007-10-06). "England 12–10 Australia". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  7. ^ Standley, James (2007-10-13). "England 14–9 France". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  8. ^ Standley, James (2007-10-20). "World Cup final 2007". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  9. ^ Gordos, Phil (2008-03-15). "Six Nations 2008". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  10. ^ Standley, James (2009-03-21). "2009 Six Nations". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 

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