Will Skinner (rugby union)
|Full name||William Skinner|
|Date of birth||8 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Northampton, England|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||97 kg (15 st 4 lb) |
|Rugby union career|
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.
Skinner was the youngest captain in the Guinness Premiership during the 2008–09 season.
Injury forced his retirement in 2013.
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- Starmer-Smith, Nigel (2003-02-03). "Sevens: Sparkling England leave New Zealand and Fiji in their wake". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
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- "Will Skinner looks towards tonight's clash with Ireland A". Quins. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
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- "Ollie Kohn & Will Skinner: Harlequins duo forced to retire". BBC Sport. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
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