Brad Barritt

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Bradley Barritt
Brad Barritt 2007.jpg
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Birth name Bradley Michael Barritt
Date of birth (1986-08-07) 7 August 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, RSA
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)[1]
School Kearsney College
University University of Natal
Spouse Georga Barritt
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Current team Saracens
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008– Saracens 214 (103)
Correct as of 2 April 2018
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–08 Sharks (Currie Cup) 29 (19)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–09 Sharks 36 (10)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006
2007
2009–11
2012–2015
2013
South Africa U21
Emerging Springboks
England Saxons
England
British and Irish Lions
?
2
6
26
?
(0)
(5)
(10)
Correct as of 4 October 2015

Bradley Barritt (born 7 August 1986) is a South African-born English rugby union player who plays for Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership. He plays the position of centre.

Early life[edit]

Barritt attended Kearsney College.

Career[edit]

Barritt's debut season was in 2006 for the Sharks and Sharks in the Currie Cup and Super 14.

He had the ability to occasionally play fly half and did so to great effect in the 2006 Currie Cup season when perennially injured provincial team-mate Butch James was absent from the squad.[2] However, due to the emergence of Francois Steyn at the coastal franchise, Barritt's opportunity to play fly half was curtailed, leading to him finding a more settled role as the Sharks' first-choice inside centre.

Barritt played in the 2007 Super 14 Final, losing by a solitary point to the Bulls.[3]

He signed for the English Premiership side Saracens,[4] and joined them after winning the 2008 Currie Cup.[5]

Due to injuries, he was recalled to play in a 2009 Super 14 fixture against the Waratahs, his final game for the Sharks.[6]

Barritt made his Saracens debut against Gloucester.[7]

International career[edit]

Barritt played for South Africa against France in the final of the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship.[8]

He represented the Emerging Springboks at the IRB Nations Cup in 2007.[9]

Barritt was selected by England coach Martin Johnson to represent the England Saxons at the 2009 Churchill Cup. This was possible because Barritt had not yet had a senior-level cap for another country, and holds a UK passport, thanks to Rhodesian parents,[10] making him eligible for England as well as South Africa.[11] Barritt's family has strong English roots, and many of his aunts and uncles live in England.[10] Barritt's grandparents were born in England,[12] and his grandfather played Rugby Union for English Universities.[10] Barritt made his Saxons debut against the USA, scoring a try.[13]

Barritt was called up to the England senior squad for the first time in 2010 to face the New Zealand Maori and again for the 2012 Six Nations Championship making his full debut against Scotland.

On 15 June, Barritt was called up into the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia over injury concerns in the back line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England – First Team Squad". England official site. Retrieved 24 September 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Growing as a team and individual". The Sharks official site. 13 July 2007. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bulls snatch dramatic Super 14 victory". ESPN Scrum. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Saracens confirm signing of Barritt". Saracens official site. 5 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Sharks claim Currie Cup triumph". ESPN Scrum. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Barritt back for Sharks". The Sharks official site. 5 May 2009. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Saracens 21–25 Gloucester". BBC. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "South Africa 13–24 France". IRB. 25 June 2006. Archived from the original on 15 June 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Emerging Springboks crowned Nations Cup champions". IRB. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ a b c Hayward, Paul (5 February 2012). "Six Nations 2012: Brad Barritt's selfless attitude captures the mood of unity in England camp". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  11. ^ "English Saxons call on Brad Barritt". Rugby 365. 19 May 2009. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Brad Barritt – Official RFU England Profile". Rfu.com. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "USA 17–56 England Saxons". BBC. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 

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