|Weight||119kg (18st 10lb)|
Linchpin sums up Julian White’s long-term role in the Leicester Tigers’ pack after being a worthy successor as part of the former ‘ABC’ club of Graham Rowntree, Richard Cockerill and Darren Garforth, who wore those letters rather than numbers in times past, on their shirts.
Julian has done a parallel job for England as his half century of caps, completed off the bench in the match against Argentina at Old Trafford last June asserts. He started the second Test at Salta the following week.
A unrelenting forward who stands his ground, he began his rugby apprenticeship in New Zealand with Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury Crusaders and he is among an elite group of England capped players who have appeared in Super 12/14.
He has also been with Bridgend, Saracens, Plymouth Albion and Okehampton, having taken up mini rugby with Salcombe. Those were the modest, initial stud marks in a career that also encompasses four Tests for the British & Irish Lions in 2005, starting with the match against Argentina at the Millennium Stadium that was given retrospective full cap status.
Julian first appeared, as a Saracens player, for England A against Ireland A, alongside Rowntree and Steve Thompson in the front row, at Northampton in February 2000.
His Test debut was four months later in the 18-13 defeat by South Africa in Pretoria. He joined Tigers from Bristol Rugby after sharing in England’s 2003 RWC success in Australia and returned to the Elite Player squad in January last year as a replacement for Matt Stevens.
He then figured in seven consecutive Tests, his first international appearances since becoming unavailable for the 2007 RWC for family and business reasons.
A torn hamstring ruled him out of last November’s Tests. He runs a 250-acre sheep and cattle farm in Leicestershire.