Parling playing for Leicester Tigers in 2012
|Full name||Geoff Parling|
|Date of birth||28 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Stockton-on-Tees, England|
|Height||1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||117 kg (18 st 6 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Geoff Parling (born 28 October 1983 in Stockton-on-Tees, England) is a rugby union player. He plays for Exeter Chiefs as a lock. He has also represented England on 29 occasions and the British and Irish Lions 3 times.
After attending Newcastle University, he began his club career at Newcastle Falcons. Parling became a first team regular in the 2005–06 season, winning the players' player of the year award. Parling captained Newcastle on several occasions during the 2006–07 season. He was the runner-up for the Gatorade Performance of the Guinness Premiership Season 2008–09.
His debut for Leicester Tigers came against the club he had just left, and his first start for the club was in the Heineken Cup clash with Benetton Rugby Treviso. He also played in the Friendly match against South Africa, which the Tigers won 22–17.
Injuries to other Tigers players helped him to hold down a starting berth at lock, and the Tigers topped the table. They went on to win the 2009-10 Guinness Premiership final 33–27 against Saracens. Parling stole a vital line-out in the final minute of the game, which was right on the Tigers' try-line. He was voted Newcomer of the Year by Tigers supporters.
Parling represented England at Under 16s, Under 18s, Under 19s, and Under 21 level.
He was added to the revised England Saxons squad as cover for Nick Kennedy on 25 January 2010. He played in the wins against Ireland A and Italy A. Parling was selected in the 44-man England squad to tour Australia in June 2010, and played in the first game against the Australian Barbarians, though missed out on selection for the second as a result of a neck injury.
In January 2012, Parling was called up to the England senior squad in preparation for their Six Nations campaign as an injury replacement for Louis Deacon. He earned two caps off the bench before starting at lock against Wales, in a tightly-fought loss. His good performance (particularly at the line-out) saw him retained at lock for the following wins against France and Ireland, where he put in even better performances which saw him run the offensive and defensive line-outs well. He finished the tournament as the first-choice lock, ahead of Tom Palmer.
In April 2013, he was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.
|1||Scotland||London, England||Twickenham||2013 Six Nations Championship||2 February 2013||Won|
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