|Weight||82kg (12st 12lb)|
|Caps||Tests 1 Saxons: 7|
There could have been no better start to an England Saxons career than that of Joe Simpson, who scored a try and was man of the match on his debut in the No. 9 jersey when the Argentina Jaguars were beaten 28-20 in the 2009 Barclays Churchill Cup in Denver.
Two other appearances as a replacement followed in the tournament against the USA and Ireland Wolfhounds. Joe, a deceptive and elusive runner, had already played off the bench for Harry Ellis in the final 16 minutes of the 66-0 win over Portugal at Edgeley Park, Stockport in January that year and then went on to make his RWC and Test debut off the bench against Georgia in September 2011.
He has converted his speed, first identified on the athletics track when he was six, to rugby with playing cricket for the Ealing club along the way.
Winning age group caps at four international levels was enhanced by England Sevens appearances in the Dubai and George legs of the 2007 IRB World Series but he suffered the disappointment of withdrawing from what would have been his first senior England tour to Australasia in June 2010 through a hamstring problem. Joe’s perseverance was rewarded with his selection as the only uncapped England player in the 2011 RWC squad but he was not considered for the 2012 summer tour of South Africa after dislocating his left shoulder against London Irish in March.
Educated at St Benedict’s, Ealing and the London School of Economics, he was born in Australia to a New Zealand mother and English father and has played for Esher and Richmond. He had a loan spell with Blackheath and was dual registered with London Welsh and Wasps in 2008-09.
His earlier honours featured appearances for England U16 and U18 before his U19 debut against Wales in 2006 led to his selection for two World Championships at that level from 2006-08.
Next up was being chosen for the England U20 team that he helped to reach the final of the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship. His form earned a place on the shortlist for the IRB World Junior Player award.
Joe’s senior debut for Wasps was against Newcastle Falcons in October 2008 and he scored a try against Harlequins the following month in the first of his 74 Premiership matches that have produced 14 tries and a conversion up to the end of last season.
5 points – 1T
2009 P(R) Churchill Cup – Arg, USA(R), I(R) 2011 I 2013 I(R), S(R)
2011 World Cup G (R)
Last updated: August 19, 2013