|Weight||117kg (18st 5lb)|
|Caps||29 Test appearances|
Playing in every RBS 6 Nations Championship match in 2010 and 2011, as he did in 2007, illustrated the skill and the resolution of Louis Deacon. A member of the England Elite Player squad, he was ruled out of the 2012 tournament and the subsequent summer tour of South Africa through a hamstring injury sustained against Worcester Warriors last December.
He had missed the 2010 tour of Australasia and the Investec Internationals that followed through a back injury, having already undergone surgery on a prolapsed disc in his back in June 2008 that made him unavailable for the Investec Challenge Series and the RBS 6 Nations Championship that followed.
His return to the England Elite Player squad was as deputy for the injured Tom Palmer but his Test career had began against Samoa match seven years ago. Before that he played for England A in the 2004 and 2005 Churchill Cups after winning age group honours. Louis had joined the Leicester Tigers Academy in 1997-98.
Since making his senior club debut against Cardiff 12 years ago, Leicester-born Louis advanced to 233 appearances by the end of last season. They included 150 in the Aviva Premiership and 57 in the Heineken Cup. He was awarded his commemorative 100-game cap against Worcester Warriors in October 2005 and made his 200th start for the Tigers against Benetton Treviso on January 23, 2011.
A product of Ratcliffe College on the northern outskirts of Leicester, he took up the game when eight at Wigston, where Martin Johnson, the former England Team Manager, had played. Louis switched to Syston and appeared for Leicestershire, the Midlands and England U16 along the way to further recognition.
As a testimony to his popularity among his fellow professionals, he has twice won the Leicester Players’ Player of the Season award – in 2007-08 and 2003-04 when he began the campaign as team captain in the absence of the Tigers’ RWC contingent.
He played a major role in launching their season successfully. Eight years on, he started four of England’s four games in the 2011 RWC and was an unused bench replacement in the other.
Louis and his younger brother Brett, a former Leicester flanker who returned to the Tigers in July this year after two seasons with Gloucester Rugby, have not neglected their roots. The South Wigston HS products of the mid 90s have been inducted into their old school’s hall of fame and they presented signed Tigers’ jerseys as mementoes. The most memorable of his nine tries for Leicester was when the side battled back from behind to beat Stade Français 29-22 in January 2006.
2005 Sam 2006 A(1,2R) 2007 S, It, I, F(R),W(R) 2009 Arg(1,2), A, Arg, NZ(R) 2010 W(R), It(R), I(R), S, F 2011 W, It, F, S, I, W, I World Cup - Arg, R, S, F
Last updated: September 5, 2012