|Weight||117kg (18st 5lb)|
Quick-fire honours have come for Carl Fearns. He was called into the England Saxons’ squad four days before the Churchill Cup final in late June last year against Canada at Sixways in the absence of David Attwood, who sustained an injury to his right knee against Tonga at Kingsholm the previous Sunday.
Carl had already started the non cap match for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham at the end of May. His eventful run includes completing his first full season for Bath Rugby after joining the club from Sale Sharks on a two year contract starting in the summer of 2011 and helping England to beat the South African Barbarians South and North in the two midweek two tour games in June this year.
A product of the Sharks’ Academy, Liverpool-born Carl represented England U16s and U20 and captained the U18 side in Australia four years ago. His performances at the 2009 Junior World Championship for the U20 team prompted his nomination for the IRB Junior Player of the Year award. He also represented Lancashire U16 and U18 and excelled at swimming when becoming the North West backstroke champion.
His rugby career was been interrupted by a knee injury that ruled him out of the domestic 2007-08 season. A broken wrist was another setback but he made his Premiership debut against Worcester Warriors in November 2008 and has now appeared 48 times in the competition.
Carl had begun by playing tag rugby at primary school before propping for St Mary’s College, Crosby and then studying at Sedbergh School. His first game for Sale on October 4 2008 brought the man of the match award in the 18-17 home defeat by Cardiff Blues in the EDF Energy Cup.
A powerful scrummager and ball carrier, he is quick and effective around the field and last year Sir Ian McGeechan, the Bath director of rugby at the time, welcomed his arrival at the Recreation Ground. He said: “We are thrilled Carl has joined the club. He is very ambitious and keen to take the next step in his career.”
Last updated: June 26, 2012