Dan Cole (rugby union)
Argentina vs England at 2011 Rugby World Cup
|Birth name||Daniel Cole|
|Date of birth||9 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Leicester|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||123 kg (19 st 5 lb; 271 lb)|
|School||Robert Smyth School|
|Rugby union career|
Dan Cole (born 9 May 1987) is an English rugby union player who plays at prop for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership, for England internationally, and has been capped 3 times for the British and Irish Lions. Cole is known for his scrummaging ability. His former coach at Leicester, Richard Cockerill, described him as one of the finest tighthead props in world rugby.
Cole's first team début came in the October 2007 EDF Energy Cup pool match against Bath. Most of the 2007–08 season was spent on loan to Bedford Blues and it was the beginning of the 2008–09 season before Cole played for the first team again. Cole was involved in most of the games in the first half of the season. In January 2009, Cole was loaned to Nottingham R.F.C. Cole played in the final of the 2008–09 Guinness Premiership.
Through injury to Leicester tight-heads Julian White and Martin Castrogiovanni, Cole achieved a run of games during the 2009–10 season which saw him gain notoriety as man-of-the-match against London Wasps. In February 2010, Cole signed a new contract.
Cole has gone on to make 175 first-team appearances, culminating in an Outstanding Service Award at the end of the 2016/17 season.
He was promoted to the Senior Squad for the 2010 Six Nations Championship as injury cover for Tigers squadmate Julian White and made his senior England debut as a replacement for Dave Wilson in England's 30–17 win over Wales on 6 February 2010. He played in all subsequent games in the 2010 Six Nations, even scoring his first international try in what was also his first home start against Ireland, and began to cement his place as England's first-choice tighthead.
He was taken on the summer tour to Australia, and played in both matches. Although England lost the first game, Cole put in a strong performance which saw the England scrum gain an unprecedented two penalty tries. The following Test saw England beat Australia 20–21. Cole had a cut to the head within the first five minutes of the game, and needed to be continually substituted for blood injury, but pressed on, despite his left eye closing up almost completely. Captain and Tigers teammate Lewis Moody commented on how the team were inspired by Cole's perseverance.
Cole was included in the 2016 England Rugby Tour of Australia; he played in the one off test against Wales at Twickenham, being replaced by Leicester teammate Ellis Genge, and started in all three tests in Australia. Cole scored a try in the final test against Australia in which England whitewashed the Wallabies for the first time.
Although Cole was dropped from England's international team at the end of 2018, a resurgence in form saw him re-selected for the 2019 Six Nations Championship. Cole's continued good form saw him selected for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, for which would be Cole's third Rugby World Cup.
- As of 7 July 2019 
|1||Ireland||London, England||Twickenham Stadium||2010 Six Nations||27 February 2010||Loss||16 – 20|
|2||France||Paris, France||Stade de France||2016 Six Nations||19 March 2016||Win||31 – 21|
|3||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Football Stadium||2016 Tour of Australia||25 June 2016||Win||44 – 40|
|4||Italy||London, England||Twickenham Stadium||2017 Six Nations||26 February 2017||Win||36 – 15|
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