Ruaridh McConnochie

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Ruaridh McConnochie
Date of birth (1991-10-23) 23 October 1991 (age 28)
Place of birthTenterden, Kent
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

2012-2014
2014-2015
University of Gloucestershire
Nuneaton RFC
Hartpury College
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Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2018– Bath (15) (20)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2019- England 2 5
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2015-18
2016
England
Great Britain

Rio 2016


Ruaridh McConnochie (born 23 October 1991) is a men's rugby union player.[1] He was a member of the silver medal winning team in Rugby sevens at the 2016 Summer Olympics[2] He had initially been a reserved player.[3], and a full England International, making his debut against Italy at St James's Park in September 2019.

McConnochie played rugby at the University of Gloucestershire, as well as playing for Nuneaton RFC between 2012 and 2014 before joining Hartpury College. During his days at Hartpury, McConnochie made his debut for England Sevens debut in 2015 Dubai 7's, adding to his GB Student 7's appearance where he won the World University Sevens Championship.

He was a silver Olympic medallist with Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and World Cup finalist with England. A regular try-scorer in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, a year later, Ruaridh played an integral role in England’s gold medal triumph in Cape Town in December 2016. He also touched down in the 14-12 quarter-final win over New Zealand in Vancouver in March 2017 on the way to England’s gold medal success.

On 31 January 2018, McConnochie signed a professional contract with top English club Bath in the Aviva Premiership from the 2018-19 season.[4]

In June 2019 he was one of four uncapped players named in England's preliminary World Cup training squad.[5] Eddie Jones named McConnochie in the starting line-up to play Wales in England's first warm-up game but had to withdraw from the line-up with a hip injury, however, he was still named in Jones' 31-man squad. McConnochie was also named in the second warm-up against Wales before again pulling out through injury.

McConnochie was eligible to play for Scotland through his Scottish father, but elected instead to play for his country of birth, England.[6] He finally earned his full England cap on 6 September 2019 against Italy. McConnochie started on the wing, playing 51 minutes before being replaced by Bath teammate Joe Cokanasiga. The winger, recorded his first ever International points; a try. In the first half of England's comfortable Rugby World Cup 2019 group stage win over the USA. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England go close as France win Rugby Sevens Championship at Sandy Park". westernmorningnews.co.uk. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ Britcher, Chris (12 August 2016). "Kent wins first Rio medal as Cranbrook's Ruaridh McConnochie takes silver as part of Team GB rugby sevens team". kentnews.co.uk.
  3. ^ "2014: Playing for the Nuns, 2016: Playing at the Olympic Games". nuneaton-news.co.uk. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Ruaridh McConnochie: Bath sign England Sevens player". BBC Sport. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Ruaridh McConnochie & Alex Dombrandt in England's World Cup training squad". 20 June 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Ruaridh McConnochie". 27 September 2016 – via www.somerhill.org.
  7. ^ "Rugby World Cup: The rise of England's new wings Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga". www.sportinglife.com. 27 September 2019.

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