Louis Deacon

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Louis Deacon
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Birth name Louis Paul Deacon
Date of birth (1980-10-07) 7 October 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 117 kg (18 st 6 lb)[1]
School Ratcliffe College, Parkland School, South Wigston
Notable relative(s) Brett Deacon
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Leicester Tigers
Youth Career
  Wigston, Syston RFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000-2015 Leicester Tigers 274 (45)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

England A



Louis Deacon (born 7 October 1980, in Leicester) is a former English professional rugby union footballer. He played lock.

His playing career started as an eight-year-old, playing with Wigston, before joining Syston RFC and as a Ratcliffe College student represented the Midlands county and both the England 16 Group and U18 Group School sides. He joined the Leicester Tigers Academy in the 1997–98 season and worked his way through the Tigers Youth, U21 and Extras teams.

Deacon joined Leicester Tigers in 2000. He made his first team debut in August 2000 as a replacement against Cardiff and has established himself as a highly dependable player and equally at home at the front or middle of the line out. In the absence of club captain Geordan Murphy through injury, he has captained for spells in the 2009–10 season.[2]

He was called up to the England A squad in the 2002–03 season but injury forced him to withdraw.

Having lived in the shadow of the England pairing of Martin Johnson and Ben Kay for several seasons, he took the opportunity in 2003–04 to command a regular place during the World Cup. He made 23 appearances in all that season, and by the end he was being picked ahead of Kay.

In September 2003 he was named in the England National Academy Training squad. He was called up to the elite squad for the 2005–6 season[3] and went on to make his international debut against Samoa.[4]

He was again named in the elite squad, in the 2006–07 season. For the 2007 Six Nations opener against Scotland, Deacon started at Lock under new head coach Brian Ashton.[5]

He continued in this position, throughout the first three games of the tournament, and came off the bench against France[6] and Wales[7] in the final two games of the tournament.

Deacon would have to wait a further two years before winning another cap, playing in the two test series against Argentina.[8] He made it into the EPS Elite squad for 2009–10, and partnered captain Steve Borthwick during the Autumn Internationals. He then went on to play in every RBS 6 Nations Championship match last season, as he had done three years earlier, which not only illustrated the skill, but the resolution of Deacon, who went on to miss the summer tour of Australasia and the Investec Internationals through a back injury, which was a similar injury to when he underwent surgery on a prolapsed disc in June 2008 that ruled him out of the Investec Challenge Series and the subsequent RBS 6 Nations Championship.

On 17 February 2015, it was announced Deacon had retired from rugby due to injury.[9]


  1. ^ "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". web page. RFU. Archived from the original on 28 September 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Louis Deacon says Geoff Parling has forced him to raise his game". Leicester Mercury. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Convert Farrell wins England call". BBC. 8 August 2005. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "England 40–3 Samoa". BBC. 26 November 2005. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "England 42–20 Scotland". BBC. 3 February 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "England 26–18 France". BBC. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wales 27–18 England". BBC. 17 March 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Argentina 24–22 England". BBC. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Louis Deacon: Leicester Tigers & ex-England lock retires". BBC Sport. 17 February 2015. 

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