|Weight||110kg (17st 4lb)|
Warrior spirit and an insatiable appetite for work both in training and playing are the inseparable keys to the success of Joe Worsley MBE, alongside his innate skills that were evident when, on his debut, he helped the British & Irish Lions to beat South Africa 28-9 in the third Test in July 2009.
Since joining London Wasps from Welwyn Garden City at the age of 16, Joe has built a formidable career that has made him sixth in England’s all time cap list with 78, six fewer Martin Johnson.
He had already impressed in an England jersey when helping the national schools’ side to a Grand Slam in 1995 before becoming the youngest player to appear for the under 21s.
Domestically, he shared in Heineken Cup triumphs in 2004 and 2007 and is a quadruple winner of the Premiership, in which he has completed fourteen seasons and had made 218 appearances, with 28 tries, by the end of 2010-11. He also helped Wasps lift the Powergen Cup in 1999, 2000 and 2006 and was the man of the match in the 27-20 Heineken Cup final triumph over Toulouse six years ago.
His powers extended impressively to the international field and around that time, he appeared in 13 of England’s 14 Tests. He has scored ten tries at that level, the most recent against France at Twickenham in March 2009. Joe, a Londoner, returned to England’s training squad for the Ireland match in late February 2010 after recovering from knee trouble, toured Australasia in the summer of 2010 and led the side to a 15-9 win over the Australian Barbarians at Gosford.
Injuries have interrupted his career but strengthened his resolve. He was educated at Hitchin Boys' High School and Brunel University.
50 points – 10T
England: 1999 World Cup – Tg, Fj 2000 It(R), S(R), SA(1R,2R) 2001 It(R), S(R), F(R), C(1,2), USA, A, R, SA 2002 S, I, F, W(R), Arg 2003 W(R), It, S(R), I(R), NZ(R), A(R), W World Cup – SA(R), Sam, U 2004 It, I, W(R), F, NZ(1R,2), A, SA, A 2005 W, F, I, It, S 2006 W, It, S, F, I, A(1R,2), SA (1,2) 2007 S, I, F, W, W, F, F(R) World Cup - USA, Sam, A(R), F(R), SA(R) 2008 NZ(1R,2R) 2009 It(R), W, I, F, S, Arg(R), NZ 2010 I(R), S, F 2011 W(R)
Lions: 2009 SA(3)