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Freddie Burns

Freddie Burns

Key Facts

SquadLeicester Tigers
PositionFly half
Age24
Height1.88m (6'2")
Weight88kg (13st 12lb)
Caps5

Profile

Making his Test debut against the All Blacks at Twickenham in December 2012 was a glorious day for Freddie Burns, 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 that March but contributed 31 points to the victories over Argentina in Salta and Buenos Aires three months later. His third appearance for England Saxons was against Ireland Wolfhounds at Gloucester in late January this year and he went on to land seven successful kicks worth 20 points when making two starts against New Zealand in June..

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. Before agreeing to join Leicester Tigers for next season, he had appeared for Gloucester 127 times overall and accrued 1,016 points. In 2012-13, 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 2012, 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.

Freddie is part of a flourishing rugby family. Billy, also a fly half and the youngest of his three brothers, kicked a conversion and two penalty goals when England U20 beat South Africa 21-20 to retain the IRB Junior World Championship title at Eden Park on the same weekend that Freddie made his fourth Test start against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Elder brothers Jack, a full back, and Samuel, a centre, also play the game. Samuel has represented Cyprus while serving there with the RAF and Jack is a member of the Combe Down first XV. They father Jerry, a lock, introduced them to the game after taking it up at the age of 40, and 16 years on, he still plays at second-team level for Combe Down.

International Record

57 points – IT, 8C, 12PG

2012 NZ(R) 2013 Arg(1,2) 2014 NZ(1,3)

Last updated: June 24, 2014

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