|Weight||116kg (18st 3lb)|
What began with a role as injury cover for Leicester Tigers has mushroomed into something extra special for Ed Slater with his call up for the Saxons in 2012, followed by his inclusion in England’s 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship squad. His Saxons debut was against Scotland A and in 2013 he appeared in matches against Ireland Wolfhounds and Scotland A.
Playing as a lock or in the back row, Ed gained experience with the Tigers Development XV in the semi-final and final of the Premiership A League in 2009-10 and shared in the ultimate victory over Harlequins A. He then joined Nottingham in the summer of 2010 before returning to Welford Road.
Prior to being chosen for England’s tour of South America last June, Ed had made 68 senior appearances, including 21 in 2012-13, and 51 in the Premiership overall together with 11 in the Heineken Cup. He even had a stint in Australian club rugby for Eastern Suburbs during a working holiday around four years ago to broaden his experience.
Born in Milton Keynes, he once earned pocket money by delivering newspapers – a distant echo from his role as a professional player with burgeoning ambition. He spent two years in U15 and U16 ranks at Milton Keynes RFC before winning a senior call for the club. His exploits in Australia helped him to win a trial with the Tigers, who recognised his work rate, skills and physical presence.
He provided cover for Louis Deacon and Geoff Parling and won the club’s player of the month award in October 2010 along the way to the Tigers’ 22-18 Premiership final defeat by Saracens at Twickenham, in which he featured off the bench.
Since he last played for Milton Keynes, the club has moved into lavish new facilities at Emerson Valley and a framed Tigers jersey, presented by Ed, hangs proudly in the clubhouse as a lasting memory of how the local boy has made good.
Last updated: January 15, 2014