Will Skinner (rugby union)

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Will Skinner
Will Skinner.jpg
Full name William Skinner
Nickname Skins
Date of birth (1984-02-08) 8 February 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Northampton, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 97 kg (15 st 4 lb) [1]
School Bedford School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Bedford RFC
Leicester Tigers

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–08 England Saxons 7 ((0))
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
2003 England Brisbane

William John Skinner (born 8 February 1984 in Northampton) is an English former rugby union player who played openside flanker for Leicester Tigers and Harlequins.

He began his rugby career at Bedford School before representing England at U-18 and U-21 level. He came through the Leicester Tigers youth setup where many drew comparison between the small (5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 14 st 3 lb (90.3 kg)), blond, pacy openside and his mentor, Tigers legend Neil Back. Long term injury and lack of versatility however saw him leave Tigers in the summer of 2006 to move to Quins where he linked up with former Tigers' Director of Rugby and back row legend Dean Richards.[2]

Skinner represented the England Sevens team at Brisbane in early 2003.[3] Skinner represented England Saxons at the 2007 Churchill Cup.[4]

Skinner was called into the England Saxons side that defeated Ireland A on 1 February 2008.[5][6][7]

He captained the England Saxons to victory at the 2008 Churchill Cup.[8]

Skinner was the youngest captain in the Guinness Premiership during the 2008–09 season.

Injury forced his retirement in 2013.[9]


  1. ^ "Harlequins biography". web page. Harlequins. 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Skinner leaving". BBC. 2006-04-25. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ Starmer-Smith, Nigel (2003-02-03). "Sevens: Sparkling England leave New Zealand and Fiji in their wake". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  4. ^ "England Saxons 17–13 NZ Maori". BBC. 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  5. ^ "England Saxons squad for Ireland A match". RFU. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Varndell shines in Saxons victory". BBC. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  7. ^ "Will Skinner looks towards tonight's clash with Ireland A". Quins. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  8. ^ "England Saxons put Scots to sword to retain Barclays Churchill Cup". RFU. 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Ollie Kohn & Will Skinner: Harlequins duo forced to retire". BBC Sport. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

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