|Weight||117kg (18st 5lb)|
Representing the British & Irish Lions in South Africa was an unexpected bonus in the summer before last for Tim Payne, who had already added two caps to his career total in England’s matches against Argentina in June 2009.
Only a week after the tour had finished, Tim was called into the Lions’ party as cover for fellow England prop Andrew Sheridan, who was suffering from a sore back and promptly made his debut in the 13-13 draw with the Emerging Springboks at Newlands.
Tim, a combative forward, had already enjoyed considerable success, having emerged from the 2007 RBS 6 Nations Championship as England’s first choice for the No 1 jersey.
Knee ligament damage in his club’s Heineken Cup quarter final against Leinster that March ended his hopes of a RWC place. The injury required reconstructive surgery but he was playing again, two months earlier than scheduled in a pre-season game against Glasgow Warriors.
Full England caps had been the logical progression from his performances for England Students, Under 21s and A team and he started 12 consecutive Tests from the Argentina match at Old Trafford two years ago up to and including the second Test against Australia in June last year.
He joined London Wasps from Cardiff Blues in 2003 and achieved swift success, helping his club to win the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup the following year before adding Premiership titles in 2005 and 2008.
More status followed when he became Wasps’ senior prop in 2005-06 after the retirement of Craig Dowd and the switch of Will Green to Leinster.
After winning all his first three caps in Australia, Tim made his Twickenham debut in the 26-18 win over France in 2007, something he would barely have imagined while spending 16 years living in Hong Kong.
When his family returned to England, he studied at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester where he obtained a BSc in Land Management, and at Bristol University.
2004 A 2006 A(1R, 2R) 2007 F, W 2008 It, NZ (1R,2), SA, NZ 2009 Arg (1,2), A, Arg, NZ 2010 W, It, I, S, F, A(1,2)
Last updated: August 08, 2011