|Weight||92kg (14st 6lb)|
|Caps||13 Test appearances|
A prime force in Leicester Tigers’ armoury, Dan Hipkiss has bounced back after being cruelly deprived by injury of a place in the England tour party to New Zealand in the summer of 2008 and won his thirteenth cap, off the bench, in the opening match in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship against Wales.
He sustained a fractured cheekbone in the Guinness Premiership final that immediately preceded the trip, took an enforced rest, holidayed in America and added to the six caps he won in 2007 with another off the bench against New Zealand in the autumn of 2008. His first Test start in 22 months was in the match against Argentina at Old Trafford the following June.
His trademark strengths are precise passing, power and ability to offload in the tackle, talents that made him a regular choice for the England Sevens’ squad on the IRB circuit for four consecutive years beginning in 2003.
He has represented his country at five other levels and blossomed during Leicester’s EDF Energy Cup and Guinness Premiership double in 2007 when he kept Ollie Smith, a Lions and England centre out of the Tigers’ side.
A late developer, he had minimal Premiership experience until he was 23 and did not make his fiftieth first team start until the 2007 Heineken Cup final against London Wasps but completed a century of matches during 2008-09. He is joining Bath at the end of this season on a two-year contract.
Born in Ipswich but raised in Occold, a village south of Diss, he was educated at Hartismere School in Eye and played for the Diss club before being identified as a player of promise by Dusty Hare MBE, then the Tigers’ chief scout and former England full back.
Dan moved to Uppingham School on a Tigers’ scholarship and then studied Sport Science at Loughborough University. His father, Chris, played on the wing for England Schools 16 Group and was a stalwart of the old Solihull club before coaching Dan at Diss RFC.