|Weight||107kg (16st 11lb)|
Compensating for lost time is on the agenda of Jamie Gibson, who was brought into the England squad for this summer’s tour of South Africa after Joe Launchbury, of London Wasps, withdrew from the party because of a knee injury. He promptly played in both midweek games, playing off the bench against the South African Barbarians South team and starting the match against their North XV.
Jamie, himself, had unluckily missed a starting place in the Oxford University side for two Nomura Varsity Matches against Cambridge. He sustained a medial knee ligament injury in the 2009 game against Stanley’s XV, having been a regular choice for the Dark Blues and was also unavailable for the 2010 game after being laid low until February 2011 because of a broken leg in pre-season training.
He has gone on to play for the England XV in the past two non-cap matches against the Barbarians at Twickenham, the most recent of which in May produced a record victory in the fixture. Now in the third year of four studying Classics at University College, Jamie had captained Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where he was nurtured by Charlie Harrison, the former Bath and Rotherham Titans scrum half.
After joining the London Irish Senior Academy three summers ago, he made his first appearance for the club against London Welsh in a pre-season friendly, having been introduced to the game when eight at Marlborough RFC.
He represented England U16, being their player of the season, and U18, touring Argentina, before moving on to U20 team and not only relishing his most memorable match so far against Scotland at Worcester but also scoring a try.
His other appearance for the side in 2008-09 was against France before playing against the same opposition the following year. Jamie bagged tries in successive IRB Junior World Championship matches in Argentina in 2010 before his side lost to South Africa in the third place play off final. He made his Saxons’ debut against the USA at Northampton in June last year and also played off the bench against Tonga eight days later.
With no rugby history in his family, Jamie is a trendsetter with ambition. He admires former England U20 and recent Saxons’ squad-mate James Gaskell and London Irish and former Saracens lock and back row forward Keiran Roche. His favourite grounds are Twickenham Stoop and the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff and his interests include sport in general. At Marlborough, he played racquets as well as rugby.
Last updated: September 5, 2012