|Weight||112kg (17st 8lb)|
|Caps||7 test appearances|
Happiness is a debut try for a winning side in a Test match and Nick Kennedy did exactly that by scoring just before half time against the Pacific Islanders in November 2008 and played in all of last season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship matches.
Crossing the line was a landmark because Nick waited until his 100th appearance in the Guinness Premiership for London Irish before bagging his maiden tries – two of them in the same match against Bristol Rugby last April.
He also helped the club to reach the Premiership final a month later but missed the match against Leicester Tigers, the eventual champions, because of a knee injury.
One of the most consistent line out jumpers in the competition in which he played 115 times by mid-January this year, he has forged an impressive second row alliance with Bob Casey.
They have worked together to ensure a high proportion of ‘steals’ on the opposition’s ball and Nick was rewarded by becoming one of six uncapped players in the original party for England’s tour of New Zealand in the summer of 2008.
Educated at Claires Court School, Maidenhead where he played on the wing, and Portsmouth University where he graduated in Sport Science, he was spotted by the Irish during his final year of his studies and signed as a professional in July 2001.
His debut was against Newcastle Falcons 16 months later. In February 2006, he won an England A cap in the 57-13 victory over Italy A at Colleferro.
He had been the Exiles’ Young Player of the Season in 2002-03 and before joining the Exiles, appeared for Marlow and represented Buckinghamshire and South West Under 20s.
He was invited for England Under 19 trials, won a cap against in the 2005 Six Nations at that level while still doing his A levels and his career developed from there. Nick played in the Under 19 World Championship in Dubai, sharing in a win over South Africa and for the Under 21s’ in their respective World Championship in France.
He studied for a BA in Management at Birkbeck, University of London in his quest to gain qualifications outside the game, though he says that being a rugby player is all he ever wanted to be.