|Weight||87kg (13st 9lb)|
Salisbury-born Karl made eight appearances in quick succession before injuring a finger and Conor O’Shea, the Harlequins director of rugby, said: “I truly believe that Karl is among the best five scrum halves in the country in his own right.” Another opportunity came his way in June this year when he was called on as a tour replacement for the injured Ben Youngs in South Africa.
Not only that – he promptly played off the bench for older brother and fellow scrum half Lee after half time in the 57-31 win over the South African Barbarians North side at Potchefstroom. He has made 57 appearances for Harlequins, including 21 last season. Their father Steve, who recently retired as a major in the Royal Signals and mum Shirley both watch the brothers play as often as possible.
The older brother of England Elite Squad member and fellow scrum half Lee, he has made 57 appearances for Harlequins, including 21 last season. Their father Steve, who recently retired as a major in the Royal Signals and mum Shirley both watch the brothers play as often as possible.
Of the five former Bedford Blues in the original England Saxons and Elite squads last winter, the selection of Karl was the one that pleased the Blues’ director of rugby Mike Rayer the most. He emerged through the club’s academy and made more than 100 appearances in a five-year span at Goldington Road. Karl moved to Harlequins in 2009 and in September 2010 signed a contract extension until at least 2013.
Rayer said: “Dicko is a great story. He came through here as a young man, worked his way up and we are really pleased for him.”
In January last year, Karl, who was educated at Barnard Castle School, had a special distinction. He scored two tries for Harlequins in the 38-13 win over London Wasps in the LV=Cup. It was made more distinctive by the match being played at Abu Dhabi, thus becoming the first domestic fixture to be staged overseas.
Last updated: June 26, 2012