|Weight||80kg (12st 8lb)|
Agreeing a new two-year contract with Gloucester in January 2012 secured the future of Freddie Burns at Kingsholm until the end of next season. His Test debut against the All Blacks last December will go down in the annals, especially as he contributed two penalty goals from two attempts to the 38-21 win and showed calm authority in a 15-minute tenure off the bench for Owen Farrell.
Freddie was unavailable for the start of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship because of medial ligament damage to his left knee. He was an unused bench replacement for the Italy match at Twickenham in March but contributed 31 points to the victories over Argentina in Salta and Buenos Aires three months later.
He played seven times for the England U20 side in 2010 and contributed three tries, two against Ireland and one in the third place play-off final against South Africa during the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.
After spending his formative years with Bath from 2005-07, he graduated to Gloucester’s senior squad from the academy at Kingsholm, making his debut at Bath. By late November this year, he had appeared for Gloucester 109 times overall and accrued 926 points. The previous season he played in all 22 Premiership matches and amassed 193 points.
His best haul in a match in the competition so far was 26 points from a try, six conversions and three penalty goals against Sale Sharks in October 2011. In July last year, he was a pivotal figure when leading Gloucester to success in their regional round of the J.P. Morgan Premiership 7s at Kingsholm before sustaining a knee injury in the 24-17 win over Bath.
Educated at Beechen Cliff School and City of Bath College, Freddie began playing when five at Avon RFC. He has spent time on loan at Cinderford, captained Gloucester A and cites the match against the Australia XV at Kingsholm in November 2010, when he scored a try, as his most memorable game.
Bath-born Freddie had already bagged a try and kicked two penalty goals for England U18 against Wales in March 2008 and excelled that summer on tour in South America.
The players he most admires are his former Gloucester teammate Carlos Spencer and Jonny Wilkinson. His favourite ground is Shaft Road, where Oldfield Old Boys play in his home city.
37 points – IT, 7C, 6PG
2012 NZ(R) 2013 Arg(1,2)
Last updated: November 18, 2013