Ben Skirving

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Ben Skirving
Birth name Benjamin David Skirving
Date of birth (1983-10-09) 9 October 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Harlow, Essex
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)[1]
School Bishop's Stortford High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number Eight, Flanker
Current team Bath Rugby
Youth Career
Bishop's Stortford RFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bath Rugby
Bristol Rugby
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England Saxons


National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2005 England Singapore

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] He played for local side Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club before joining the Saracens academy system in 1999.

Club career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.

Further international recognition came at the end of the 2004–05 season, where his pace brought him a place in the England Sevens squad.[3]

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,[3] 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.[2][3][5]

He has been called into the England Saxons squad to face Italy A in Ragusa, Sicily on 9 February 2008.[6][7]

Skirving was one of 15 players told in February that they could leave Saracens at the end of the 2008–09 season.[8]

On 16 April 2009, it was confirmed that Skirving had signed a two-year deal with Bath Rugby.[9]

On 12 March 2013, Skirving left Bath to join Bristol Rugby in the RFU Championship for the 2013/14 season.[10]

Since September 2015, Skirving has been the Head of Rugby at Hymers College, Hull.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Bath Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "RFU Profile". RFU. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2007. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Saracens Profile". Saracens. 5 November 2007. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Guinness Premiership Profile". Guinness Premiership. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Scrum Profile". 5 November 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "England Saxons training squad for Italy A". RFU. 4 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Guest, Care and Jarvis join Skinner and Brown in England Saxons squad". Quins. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Saracens plan massive clear-out". BBC. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bath sign Skirving from Saracens". BBC. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ben Skirving leaves to join Bristol for the next season". BBC Sport. 12 March 2013. 

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