|Weight||94kg (14st 11lb)|
|Caps||Test: 0 Saxons: 3|
Playing for the Barbarians against England and the British & Irish Lions was a dual distinction in May and June last year for Elliot Daly, who scored one of the Baa-Baas’ two tries at Twickenham in a 40-12 defeat and landed a penalty against the Lions in Hong Kong.
It emphasised his scoring knack. Croydon-born Elliot touched down in his second match for England U18 in the 33-16 win over France at Newbury in February 2010 and enhanced the impression that he has created since stepping up from England U16. It signposted a vivid route to success with the U20 side, for which he scored eight tries in nine matches in 2010-11. Elliot went on to play in ten of England’s 11 games at that level, including the 2012 Six Nations opener when Scotland were beaten 59-3 at Firhill.
His Saxons debut was against Ireland Wolfhounds in Galway last January and he also played against Scotland A at Kingston Park, Newcastle the following month before featuring against the Wolfhounds again in January 2014.
He studied for A levels in maths, geography and PE at Whitgift School, has been a member of London Wasps Academy and has captained the club’s A team. Elliot made his senior debut against Leinster at Donnybrook, Dublin in a 2010-11 warm-up match.
Elliot’s second appearance for England U20 against Italy in February 2011 brought an eye-catching four tries, three of them in the first half hour. His debut at that level had been in the starting line-up against Wales six days earlier. He went on to land a hat-trick of tries against Scotland at Newbury the following month, having launched it with a spectacular low catch on the full and plunge over the line from George Ford’s pinpoint kick.
He previously attended Cumnor House School in South Croydon, first played for Beckenham from the age of five and was there until 2006 before spending three years with Dorking up to 2009. County honours for Surrey U15 and U16 preceded appearances for London & SE and England U16, for whom he played in the Four Nations tournament in Wales. His best rugby experience in his formative years was the first of his nine matches for England U18 when they beat Australia 30-28 at Sale in December 2009, having come from behind five times.
Cricket is his other sporting speciality. He represented England U15, London & SE U16 and Surrey U8-U17 and their academy. His brother Miles has been part of the London Irish Rugby Academy and played for Cambridge University in the 2009 U21 Varsity Match.
Elliot said: “I most admire Brian O’Driscoll, arguably the best outside centre in the world. He has stayed at the top of his game for the past ten years.” His mentors have included John Fletcher, the England U18 head coach.
He regards Twickenham as the best rugby ground but he said: “For atmosphere, the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth is the tops.” Elliot had made 48 Premiership appearances by early January this year and scored 78 points from six tries and 16 penalty goals.
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Last updated: January 27, 2014