Luther Burrell

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Luther Burrell
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Personal information
Full nameLuther Burrell
Born (1987-12-06) 6 December 1987 (age 31)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight17 st 2 lb (109 kg)[1]
Playing information
Rugby union
PositionCentre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–11 Leeds Carnegie 41 8 0 0 30
Huddersfield R.U.F.C. 1 0 0 0 0
2007–09 Otley 21 4 0 0 20
Sedgley Park 9 2 0 0 10
Rotherham Titans 5 1 0 0 5
2011–12 Sale Sharks 12 3 0 0 15
2012–19 Northampton Saints 121 32 0 0 160
Total 210 50 0 0 240
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–16 England 15 4 0 0 20
Rugby league
PositionCentre, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019– Warrington Wolves 2 0 0 0 0
As of 15 August 2019
Source: [2][3][4][5]

Luther Burrell (born 6 December 1987) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre or second-row forward for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League.

He has previously played rugby union for Leeds Carnegie between 2006 and 2011, the Sale Sharks for the 2011-2012 season and the Northampton Saints between 2012 and 2019. He is a former England rugby union international.

Club career[edit]

Burrell studied at All Saints Catholic College and Huddersfield New College and started his career playing rugby league at U14 and U15 for the Huddersfield Giants before moving to Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club.[6] He made his senior rugby union debut for Leeds Carnegie aged just 19 (2006/07), and went on to make 41 appearances for the club. His rugby development was aided by several spells on loan to Championship clubs, including Sedgley Park (2007/08) and Otley. Burrell spent four seasons at Leeds before moving over the Pennines to Sale Sharks in 2011, the following season he signed for Northampton Saints. At Saints he won the Aviva Premiership in the 2013–14 season, starting the final,[7] and gained 7 England caps. He also represented the West Indies at sevens.

On 19 February 2019 it was announced that Burrell would be leaving Saints at the end of the 2018-19 season in order to join Warrington Wolves.[8] This sees him returning to playing Rugby League, taking up a place in their Super League squad from 1 July 2019.

International career[edit]

He was called up by Stuart Lancaster to represent England in May 2013 after his good form and an injury to another League convert Joel Tomkins.[9]

In January 2014, he was named in the England starting XV for the 2014 Six Nations Championship opening game away to France on 1 February, where he scored his first international try in a 26–24 defeat, running onto a pass to go over and score under the posts.[10] A week later on 8 February, he went on to score his second try in two matches at Murrayfield against Scotland in a 20–0 win.[11] He continued his fine form in the 2014 Six Nations by scoring yet another try in the 29–18 victory against defending champions Wales with a good finish in the corner, beating two Welsh defenders to latch on to a Billy Twelvetrees grubber-kick. On 27 August 2015, he was left out of England's 2015 World Cup squad.

In May 2016, Burrell was re-called back into the England side under Eddie Jones and played during the summer Test at Twickenham against Wales.[12] After scoring in the 20th minute of that game, Burrell was rewarded by travelling to Australia with the National side for their historic Test series win, the centre playing in the first game.[13][14]

International tries[edit]

Try Opponent Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1  France Saint-Denis, France Stade de France 2014 Six Nations Championship 1 February 2014 Loss 26 – 24[15]
2  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium 2014 Six Nations Championship 8 February 2014 Win 20 – 0[16]
3  Wales London, England Twickenham Stadium 2014 Six Nations Championship 9 March 2014 Win 29 – 18[17]
4  Wales London, England Twickenham Stadium Old Mutual Wealth Cup 29 May 2016 Win 27 – 13[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luther Burrell". Rugby Football Union.
  2. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ loverugbyleague
  4. ^ itsrugby
  5. ^ rugby statbunker
  6. ^ Robert Sutcliffe (18 January 1947). "Lindley mum's tears of joy after son Luther Burrell wins England Six Nations call up – Huddersfield Examiner". Examiner.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Premiership final: Saracens 20-24 Northampton Saints". 31 May 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Luther Burrell: Warrington Wolves to sign ex-England rugby union centre". 19 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  9. ^ "League converts, Luther Burrell and Stephen Myler added to England squad for South America tour". web page. Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Last gasp try breaks English hearts". ESPN. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  11. ^ "England ease past pointless Scotland". ESPN. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  12. ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/england-v-wales-team-announcement-11392561
  13. ^ http://www.skysports.com/rugby-union/england-vs-wales/76570
  14. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2016/06/09/england-name-team-to-face-australia-in-first-test---all-the-late/
  15. ^ Tom Fordyce. "Six Nations 2014: France 26–24 England". BBC. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  16. ^ Tom Fordyce. "England 20 – 0 Scotland". BBC. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  17. ^ Tom Fordyce. "Six Nations 2014: England 29–18 Wales". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  18. ^ Ben Dirs. "England 27–13 Wales: Hosts score five tries but Ford misfires". BBC. Retrieved 31 May 2016.

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