|Weight||85kg (13st 5lb)|
Consistency and durability have brought the reward of 18 Test caps for Lee Dickson, who started all three QBE Internationals in the autumn of 2013. He had also figured in four of England’s five tour games in June 2012. The exception was the third and final Test against South Africa in which he was an unused bench replacement. It added impetus to his impressive return from a broken jaw sustained in a preseason match in 2010 against Leinster and the shoulder injury that ruled him out of England’s end-of-campaign game against the Barbarians and the subsequent Churchill Cup.
He said: "I was a bit gutted coming back after my shoulder injury, getting fit and having the boys around and breaking my jaw was quite a tough one. But I'm back now and it’s behind me."
A member of the Saxons squad that won the Churchill Cup tournament in 2007, he had played for the England U21 Grand Slam side the previous year. Born in Germany to an English mother and Scottish father, he represented Scotland U19, played for Newcastle Falcons and has since been a bustling presence behind the Saints pack.
By the end of last season, he had appeared in 156 Premiership games, comprising 41 for the Falcons from 2004-08 and 115 in six seasons for the Saints. He started both Tests against Argentina last summer. During his spell with the Falcons, he captained their academy side in the Radio Borders Kings of the Sevens League and under his command they won tournaments at Hawick and Langholm and finished as runners-up to Watsonians at Peebles.
He was also an Amlin Challenge Cup winner with the Saints when they beat Bourgoin 15-3 in the 2009 final at Twickenham Stoop. Lee also shared in their 30-24 LV= Cup final victory over Gloucester Rugby at Sixways the following year. Lee signed a contract extension to his existing deal with Northampton in December 2013.
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder said when Lee agreed a previous contract in May 2011: "Over the past three years Lee has shown how important he is to the team. He plays at a consistently high level and demands the best from both himself and the players around him."Dylan Hartley, the Saints captain, hooker and an England squad mate, also described Lee as the "heartbeat" of the Northampton side. Lee’s past six caps have all been off the bench.
2012 S(R), It(R), W, F, I, SA (1R,2R) 2013 Arg(1,2), A, Arg, NZ 2014 F(R), S(R), W(R), It(R), NZ(1R,3R)
Last updated: June 24, 2014