|Weight||95kg (14st 13lb)|
Educated at Epsom College, George Lowe played in the Harlequins A League team while still a schoolboy, was called into the England U20 squad for the Six Nations three years ago and continued to represent the side through the IRB Junior World Championship. His senior England debut brought a try in the 54-26 win over the South African Barbarians South at Kimberley but he sustained ankle ligament damage and returned home on June 16 to be replaced by Jonny May of Gloucester.
He had made his Premiership debut against London Wasps in the 2008 London Double Header at Twickenham Stadium and went on to make the Harlequins No.13 shirt his own. In 2010-11, he helped the club to win the Amlin Challenge Cup when they beat Stade Français at the City of Cardiff Stadium in an enthralling match and was shortlisted for for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season.
A product of the Cobham RFC youth system from the age of five to 18, he has played for Esher on loan, for Surrey U20 and his exploits include a try on his England U20 debut and with it his first experience of international rugby, against Ireland in Athlone when England were edged out 19-18
He said: “I had not played for the U16 or U18 side and was not in the original U20 squad named a few months earlier so the call up was a bit of a shock.” Lowe, who comes from East Molesey and attended Danes Hill School, joined Harlequins Academy in 2008.
Around that time, Mike Schmid, the Esher director of rugby, said prophetically: “George made the transition from schoolboy rugby to potential Premiership player in the space of six months. He sees the openings, has the pace and footwork to get through them and is very good at finishing situations. I’m sure he is bound for bigger things than Esher and I don’t think it will be long before he is playing regularly in the Premiership.”
By the end of 2011-12, George had figured in 60 matches in three seasons at that level and scored 16 tries and appeared in 83 senior games overall for Harlequins with a try tally of 21.
Last updated: June 18, 2012