William Fraser (rugby union)

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Will Fraser
Will Fraser (cropped).jpg
Fraser playing for Saracens in 2012
Full name William Edward Fraser
Date of birth (1989-10-29) 29 October 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Watford, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
School Berkhamsted School
Dulwich College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Openside flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bedford Blues
Correct as of 29 November 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England U16
England Counties
England Saxons
Correct as of 1 February 2013

William Edward "Will" Fraser (born 29 October 1989) is an English rugby union flanker who plays for Premiership side Saracens. He has previously spent time dual registered with Bedford Blues and at international level has represented the England Saxons.

Club career[edit]

Born in Watford,[1] Fraser was educated at Berkhamsted School and Dulwich College and joined Saracens in 2005.[2][3] In 2009 he spent six months with the Western Province Academy in South Africa and the following year signed on dual registration terms with Bedford Blues.[4][5] He made his Bedford debut as a replacement against Doncaster Knights in September 2010, making a further five appearances over the next two months.[6] After a six-month gap he made his last appearance for the club in the Championship play-off semi final defeat to Worcester Warriors in May 2011.[7]

He remained dual registered with Bedford for the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons but did not make any appearances due to his commitments to Saracens, who he made his debut for in September 2011 as a replacement against Bath Rugby.[8][9] He made a further 15 appearances during the season,[6] including the 22–3 Heineken Cup quarter final defeat to Clermont Auvergne.[10] Having been overpowered by the French side during the game, Fraser was among a number of Saracens players to work on his body composition and added nearly 10 kg to his frame in the following twelve months.[11]

Fraser cemented his place in the side during the 2012–13 season and by January had accumulated more minutes on the pitch than anyone bar captain Steve Borthwick.[12] In the same month he was among 10 players who signed extensions to their contracts with Saracens.[13] He played 19 Premiership games and started all seven of Saracens Heineken Cup matches before tearing a tendon off the bone in his shoulder against Gloucester Rugby in April 2013.[6][14] The injury ruled him out of Saracens' Premiership and Heineken Cup semi-final defeats, as well the possibility of selection for the England tour of Argentina.[15]

He returned to the side in October 2013, six weeks earlier than expected, in a 19–12 win over London Wasps.[16] In December, only six games into his comeback, he suffered another serious injury after being stretchered off against Sale Sharks with a suspected broken foot and damaged knee ligaments.[17][18]

International career[edit]

Fraser first represented England in 2006 when he made three appearances for the under-16s including a game against the Italy under-17 A team in which he scored a try.[19][20][21] He missed out on further age grade representation but was selected for the England Counties tour to Canada in 2010.[1][22] He started the opening match against The Rock and scored a try but suffered a knee injury in the last moments of the game and was ruled out of the remainder of the tour.[23][24]

In January 2013 Fraser was named in the England Saxons squad for the first time and made his debut two weeks later in the 14–10 win over the Ireland Wolfhounds, scoring a try.[25][26] A week later he also started in the defeat to Scotland A and his performances saw him called into the senior England squad as injury cover for the Six Nations games against Ireland and France,[27][28] though ultimately he was not included in the 23 for either match.[29] He was tipped to travel with the England senior squad for the tour of Argentina before being ruled out through an injury sustained with Saracens.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b Cain, Nick (13 January 2013). "Nick Cain talks to Saracens flanker Will Fraser about his 'inspirational' brother". The Rugby Paper. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Will Fraser". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Will Fraser". Saracens F.C. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Where there's a Will". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Saracens and Bedford Blues in player link". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Will Fraser". It's Rugby. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Huge drama as Warriors snatch victory". Worcester Warriors. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seven Saracens link up with Bedford Blues". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ten Saracens players registered to play for Bedford Blues". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Kitson, Robert (8 April 2012). "Clermont Auvergne destroy Saracens and highlight gap in spending power". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Osborne, Chris (26 April 2013). "Heineken Cup: Saracens bulk up for Toulon clash". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Allnutt, Tom (11 January 2013). "Promising Saracens flanker Will Fraser overcomes three-year injury nightmare to secure first England Saxons call-up". Watford Observer. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Saracens: Billy Vunipola & James Johnston to join next season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Fraser's injury worse than first feared". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Allnutt, Tom (22 May 2013). "Saracens flanker Will Fraser sad to miss England tour with shoulder injury that could rule him out until November". Barnet & Potters Bar Times. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Bolton, Paul (6 October 2013). "Saracens' Will Fraser celebrates comeback from six-month injury with crucial try in victory against Wasps". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Godwin, Hugh (1 December 2013). "Saracens 24 Sale 19: Fresh Will Fraser injury mars Saracens’ joy". The Independent. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Dawes, Mike (1 December 2013). "Lancaster's England injury crisis worsens as Foden and Fraser are added to list". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "England Under 16s in 12-try Italian romp". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "England Under 16s complete double in Italy". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "England Under 16 A end on a high note". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "England Counties stick to touring tradition". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Plymouth Albion's Tom Kessell scores as England triumph". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Tour blog – England Counties Corner V". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Fordyce, Tom (10 January 2013). "England expects from Stuart Lancaster's men". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Ireland Wolfhounds 10–14 England Saxons". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "Fraser gets England training call". Saracens F.C. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  28. ^ "Fraser and Tomkins called up for England". Saracens F.C. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "England Saxons 9–13 Scotland A". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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