Freddie Burns

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Freddie Burns
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Birth nameFreddie Burns
Date of birth (1990-05-13) 13 May 1990 (age 28)
Place of birthBath, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb; 198 lb)[1]
SchoolBeechen Cliff School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Fullback, Centre
Current team Bath Rugby
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 15 September 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England U20
England Saxons

Frederick Burns (born 13 May 1990) is an English Rugby Union player who plays fly-half for Bath and England.

Burns is a former pupil of Beechen Cliff School in Bath. His younger brother Billy Burns, who plays for Ulster, also attended the school.

Club career[edit]


On 6 June 2008 Burns was announced as part of the intake to Gloucester Rugby's academy, joining from Bath Rugby's academy.[2]

On 30 June 2009 Gloucester Rugby announced that Burns was one of a number of academy players to sign senior contracts.[3]

In January 2010 he re-signed with Gloucester, committing himself until the end of the 2011/12 season.[4]

His contract was renewed in the Spring of 2012.[5]

Burns came in for Gloucester in the game against Biarritz Olympique and got a conversion.[6] In the next game he made his first start at fullback at Kingsholm against Australia. In this game he scored a try. In the following match he was once again selected at fullback and he scored two penalties against the Cardiff Blues.[7] However next game Olly Morgan replaced Burns at fullback and Burns made a start at fly-half. Burns then scored all of his clubs points with two converted tries.[8] Burns has since played many games at fly-half and fullback, including an April 2010 performance against Saracens. In this game he was named the man of the match as a reward for his outstanding kicking from hand, goal kicking and composure under the high ball.[citation needed] The highlight of this match was when Burns chipped over a rushing Saracen defence allowing Charlie Sharples to score a vital try in the corner.[9]


He joined Leicester Tigers at the end of the 2013-14 season.[10]


On 14 February 2017, Burns signed for hometown club Bath ahead of the 2017-18 season.[11]

In a Champions Cup match on 13 October 2018, a blunder by Burns cost Bath their match against Toulouse. Having got behind the posts, Burns started to celebrate instead of immediately touching down for a try. However, a Toulouse player managed to knock the ball out of his hand.[12]

International career[edit]

Burns represented his country at under 20 level and played in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina in 2010.

Burns represented England Saxons against Ireland and Scotland A, and his form earned him selection into the England EPS squad for the Barbarians game on 27 May 2012.

On 1 December 2012, Burns made his England debut, replacing Owen Farrell during the 38-21 victory over New Zealand, during which he scored his first international points with two penalties.[13] Burns then went on to join the 2013 England tour and played at number 10 vs Argentina in both tests. He scored two penalties and three out of four conversions in the first game when the team won 32-3, and also scored his first England try. He started the first test against New Zealand at Eden Park in June 2014, kicking 12 points in a 20-15 England loss.

International tries[edit]

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1  Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Vélez Sársfield Summer International 15 June 2013 Win 52 - 26[14]


  1. ^ "Gloucester Profile".
  2. ^ "Academy stars sign up". Gloucester Rugby. Gloucester Rugby. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Academy crop graduate to senior squad". Gloucester Rugby. Gloucester Rugby. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Trio of young guns commit to Gloucester Rugby". Gloucester Rugby. Gloucester Rugby. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Freddie Burns". Gloucester Rugby Club. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Official matchday programme Gloucester vs Saracens 3/4/10
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Gloucester 29-28 Saracens". BBC News. 2010-04-03.
  10. ^ "Leicester Tigers sign Gloucester and England fly-half Freddie Burns". Premiership Rugby. 22 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Bath sign Leicester Tigers and England fly-half Freddie Burns". Premiership Rugby. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
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  14. ^ James Standley. "Argentina 26-51 England". Retrieved 2014-03-16.

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