|Birth name||Benjamin David Skirving|
|Date of birth||9 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Harlow, Essex|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||107 kg (16 st 12 lb)|
|School||Bishop's Stortford High School|
|Rugby union career|
Ben Skirving (born 9 October 1983) is a rugby union footballer who plays at number eight for Bristol Rugby and has been capped for the England national side. He has also represented England playing for the England Saxons and England Sevens sides.
born 9 October 1983 in Harlow, Skirving was educated at Bishop's Stortford High School and showed early promise as a rugby player, captaining England U16s against Wales in 2000. He played for local side Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club before joining the Saracens academy system in 1999.
After joining Saracens' academy system in 1999 Skirving worked his way through the club's development sides before making his first team debut against Leeds Tykes in the final fixture of 2002. There were to be a handful of further first team appearances in the 2002–03 season both in the starting line up and from the bench. Places in the starting line up were hard to come by in the succeeding two seasons, with competition from established players such as Taine Randell, however Skirving appeared with increasing regularity from the replacements bench, giving him the opportunity to make his mark as an emerging talent.
The 2005–06 season was set fair for Skirving to establish himself at the top level, making regular first team starting appearances and scoring his maiden try in the top flight. Further success came in the form of a debut at England 'A' level in February 2006, before a shoulder injury cut short his season.
Skirving's comeback in the 2006–07 season was hampered by a pre-season injury but he was soon a regular fixture in the starting line up, passing the 100 cap mark for the club during the year at the age of just 22.
His displays brought another call-up for the rebranded England 'A' team, now the England Saxons to take part in the 2007 Churchill Cup, unusually to be held in England. Skirving though was to travel to South Africa to take the place of the injured Peter Buxton in the full England squad for their two test series against the Springboks. Skirving was not involved in the first test, but won his first England cap starting the second test on 2 June 2007.
Since September 2015, Skirving has been the Head of Rugby at Hymers College, Hull.
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