Erik Lund (rugby union)

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Erik Lund
Erik Lund - 2013-01-25 - 01.jpg
Date of birth (1979-07-03) 3 July 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Fredrikstad, Norway
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 264 lb (120 kg)
Notable relative(s) Magnus Lund (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leeds Carnegie
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

Erik Lund (born 3 July 1979, Fredrikstad, Norway) is a Norwegian rugby union footballer who plays lock forward for Norway and since 2010 for the French team Biarritz, where he joined his younger brother Magnus. He formerly captained Leeds Carnegie.[1]

The son of Norwegian basketball international Morten Lund, his family moved to England when he was 6 months old, where future England flanker Magnus was born.

Erik Lund played for the Jesmond Jaguars and a small number of games for Medicals RFC while he was at the University of Newcastle.

He became a computer programmer after graduating and started playing rugby socially with Winnington Park in Cheshire, but he started taking steps up the rugby ladder, moving on to Manchester Rugby Club, Fylde Rugby Club, Sedgley Park R.U.F.C. and Rotherham R.U.F.C.. He also became an international rugby player, returning to play for Norway when his work commitments would allow.

Lund's breakthrough was made at Rotherham in National Division One, always seen as a player with physical potential he was able to refine his technique and became highly motivated under the training of head coach Andre Bester, following this form he was signed by Leeds ahead of their Premiership Campaign.

Nicknamed the Viking, which was his wrestling name – something he almost entered professionally.

He was picked for the Barbarians squad against Wales in June 2011.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Leeds Carnegie lock Erik Lund to join Biarritz". BBC Sport. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Wales 28-31 Barbarians". BBC News. 4 June 2011. 

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