|Weight||110kg (17st 4lb)|
|Caps||Tests: 3 Saxons: 14|
Since graduating from the Leeds Carnegie Academy, Jordan Crane has made impressive strides on the club and international field with captaincy honours along the way.
He led England U18, U19 and U21, before being in charge when the Saxons beat Ireland A 31-13 on his home club ground at Leicester in February 2008. Jordan has since led the side in the past five games in which he has played.
His distinctions include leading the Saxons to the biggest win in the nine-year history of the Churchill Cup when they overwhelmed the USA 87-8 at Northampton in June 2011.
In the continuing absence of Luke Narraway through a back injury, he not only captained the Saxons in a second pool match win over Tonga at Kingsholm but scored the second of his side’s five tries. He also put through an inch perfect grubber kick that led to the final touchdown by Billy Twelvetrees.
Bromsgrove-born Jordan had first played at that level in the 34-5 victory against Italy A at Exeter a year earlier. His selection marked the extension of a richly promising career that has since yielded caps off the bench against South Africa in the autumn of 2008 and Argentina at Old Trafford the following June, together with his first start against Australia at Twickenham in November 2009.
He won plaudits as the tournament’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ in the Saxons’ 36-19 Churchill Cup triumph over Scotland A five years ago and after making hard yards throughout the game in pursuit of victory, he exploited 50 metres of space to score the penultimate try at the corner. His performances subsequently brought him a place in the England Elite Player squad.
Jordan’s eye-catching talents have also served Leicester Tigers well since he joined the club from Leeds in 2006. Up to the start of the 2013-14 campaign, he had made 154 appearances and scored 26 tries, including the crucial, solitary one in the 2009 Guinness Premiership final that beat London Irish 10-9 at Twickenham.
A fortnight earlier, he converted the decisive kick that upstaged Cardiff Blues in a penalty shoot-out and enabled the Tigers to reach the 2009 Heineken Cup final. His first Tigers try hat-trick was in the 62-15 win over Benetton Treviso that clinched a Heineken Cup quarter final place in late January two years ago.
His football skills can be traced back to his goalkeeping role for West Bromwich Albion U14 but rugby became his game partly because all his friends played it.
After studying at South Bromsgrove High School, he went on to appear for Colston’s Collegiate at Twickenham in a Daily Mail U18 final. Jordan made his senior debut at the age of 18 for Leeds Carnegie against Grenoble and signed a new contract with the Tigers in January 2008.
25 points – 5T
2007 It, I Churchill Cup – USA, S(R), NZ Maori 2008 I Churchill Cup – USA, S 2009 P 2011 Churchill Cup – USA, T, C 2013 I, S
Last updated: August 19, 2013