|Weight||108kg (17st 0lb)|
|Caps||7 Test appearances|
Six months of bliss in 2008 brought Luke Narraway the first five of his seven England caps so far after cementing his place in the Gloucester side. He seized his opportunity following the retirement of Lawrence Dallaglio and injuries to Nick Easter and Joe Worsley when making his Test debut against Wales and also toured New Zealand.
It rewarded his status of being among the leading players in the season’s domestic competitions and Heineken Cup. He maintained that excellence against the All Blacks when forming a promising back row partnership with the equally inexperienced James Haskell and Tom Rees.
His most recent cap was against Ireland at Croke Park two years ago but he played twice for England Saxons last winter, captained England in the non cap game against the Barbarians in late May but missed the opening Churchill Cup match against the USA at Northampton on June 4 because of a calf muscle strain.
He was then unluckily ruled out of the tournament through a back in injury and missed the opportunity to led the Saxons at Kingsholm, his own club ground.
Worcester-born Luke, the son of a butcher, had joined Gloucester from King’s School, Worcester, and made his senior debut against Leeds Carnegie in May 2003. By the end of May this year, he had appeared in 143 matches and scored 13 tries for the club that he has sometimes captained.
A devastating ball carrier, he has also relished his role as a link in broken play during his development through the age groups. His formative days were as a member of the North Midlands Under 13s team and he has since progressed to caps at five England levels, starting with the Under 18s.
He played for that side against New Zealand at Twickenham, was part of the first England Under 21s Grand Slam team in 2004, has represented England Sevens and appeared for the Saxons in the 2006, 2009 and 2010 Churchill Cups when he was man of match in the 38-18 win over Canada in the final. He started all three matches and scored a try in each of them.
His national Sevens debut was in Dubai five years ago and before joining Gloucester he played for Birmingham & Solihull and Cheltenham in the National Leagues. In January 2010, he signed a two year contract extension that will keep him at Kingsholm until June 2012.
2008 W, It(R), S(R), NZ(1,2) 2009 W(R), I(R)