James Horwill

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James Horwill
James Horwill 2011 RWC.jpg
Date of birth (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 117 kg (18 st 6 lb)
School Brisbane Boys College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007
2014-2015
2015−
Ballymore Tornadoes
Brisbane City
Harlequins
8
1
15
(0)
(0)
(10)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006– 15 Queensland Reds 116 (45)
correct as of 14 June 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007– Australia 62 (30)
correct as of 11 June 2016.

James Horwill (born 29 May 1985) is an Australian rugby union player, who has played for the Australian national side, with 61 caps to his name.[1] He captained the Wallabies a number of times, including during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

He now plays in London for Harlequin FC. Before September 2015 he played for the Queensland Reds. He plays in the Second Row.

Life[edit]

Horwill was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and educated at Brisbane Boys College.

As of February 2016 he was living in south west London, with his wife.[2]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Queensland Reds[edit]

Horwill made his Super 14 debut against arch rivals the New South Wales Waratahs in the first game of the 2006 season, after not even being included in the Reds original squad.

Horwill captained the Queensland Reds to a season victory in the 2011 in the Super Rugby competition, his sixth season played at that level

Overall, Horwill played more than 129 times for the Queensland Reds,[3] including 116 Super Rugby caps for the Reds.[4] When his departure was announced the Queensland Rugby CEO Jim Carmichael described him as "one of the great modern-day sporting treasures of Queensland."[5]

Harlequins[edit]

On 17 December 2014, it was announced that Horwill had signed a three-year contract with English Premiership side Harlequins.[6][7][8] He made his competitive debut in Quins' season opener against Wasps FC on 16 October 2015 and immediately established himself as a first choice in the team. He scored his debut points with a try in the match against Saracens F.C. on January 9, 2016. [9] He has also captained the side in the absence of Quins' England players.[10]

International career[edit]

Horwill in 2011

Horwill proved to be the find of the 2006 season, forcing his way into the starting line up and earning a place in the Wallabies spring tour, playing for Australia A in all three of the matches.

In 2007 Horwill made his debut for the Wallabies in a test match against Fiji playing the entire game, and was unlucky to not have been included in the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. 2008 was a successful year for Horwill, as he broke into the starting Wallabies team and played 9 games in 2008, starting against New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup.

In August 2011, Robbie Deans named James Horwill as captain for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. He debuted as captain in the deciding match of the 2011 Tri Nations series on 27 August 2011 and led the Wallabies to a series victory.

Horwill was captain of the Wallabies for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013. Controversially, after an appeal by the IRB, Horwill was cleared of allegedly stamping on Alun-Wyn Jones face during the first test.[11]

He played his final game for the Wallabies in The Rugby Championship game against the All Blacks in Auckland on August 15.[1] A match that the Wallabies lost 41 - 13.[12]

On 21 August 2015, Australian coach Michael Cheika decided to leave Horwill out of his 31 man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a move which surprised some observers.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ESPN Rugby - Player Profiles - James Horwill". ESPN. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "PLACES U GO: Coffee with James Horwill". Quins.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Harlequins sign former Australia captain James Horwill". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Reds Player Profiles - James Horwill". Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "JAMES HORWILL SIGNS A THREE-YEAR POST-RUGBY WORLD CUP DEAL WITH TOP ENGLISH CLUB HARLEQUINS". Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "James Horwill to depart Australian rugby after 2015 World Cup, signing with English club Harlequins". ABC News. 
  7. ^ "Nocookies". The Australian. 
  8. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 3 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Harlequins Current Players - James Horwell". Quins.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "HARLEQUINS TEAM TO PLAY LEICESTER TIGERS". Quins.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Lions 2013: how James Horwill escaped suspension for stamp on Alyn Wyn Jones despite IRB appeal". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "ESPN Rugby - Player Profiles - James Horwill". ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rugby World Cup: Australia omit James Horwill from squad". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to James Horwill at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Rocky Elsom
Australian national rugby union captain
2011 - 2013
Succeeded by
Will Genia