|Weight||109kg (17st 2lb)|
Starting for England against the CONSUR XV in Montevideo in June last year was a major experience for Luther Burrell, who had played in only 20 matches for Northampton Saints at the time. He not only marked his England debut against France at Stade de France in February with a stunning try but scored a second against Scotland in the 20-0 victory at Murrayfield the following week and a third in the 29-18 win over Wales.
He signed for the Saints in the summer of 2012 and impressed immediately with his pace and power. Born in Huddersfield, he made his senior debut for Leeds Carnegie when 19 and appeared in 41 games for them. His development was helped by spells on loan to Championship clubs, including Sedgley Park and he even appeared against the Saints in 2007-08.
Luther, a powerfully-built and forthright runner, also played rugby league for Huddersfield Giants, trained with Leeds Rhinos and spent four seasons at Headingley Carnegie before switching to Sale Sharks in 2011.
Since moving to Northampton, he has played in 50 matches and scored 13 tries. He was in the Saints side that lost 37-17 to Leicester Tigers in the 2013 Aviva Premiership final before stepping into the party for the South American tour, along with club mate Stephen Myler after injuries to Saracens pair Joel Tomkins and Alex Goode. He went on to share in the Saints’ Premiership title triumph at Twickenham in May this year.
Luther, who began his playing days with Huddersfield RFC, said before his first England tour: “It was only two or three years ago that I was fighting against relegation with Leeds so it’s quite surreal that I’ve now played in a Premiership final and got an England call. It’s something I’m going to embrace.”
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Last updated: June 24, 2014