|Weight||112kg (17st 8lb)|
|Caps||0 Test appearances|
As a member of the
England U21 Grand Slam winning squad seven years ago, Nick Wood knows the sweet
taste of success.
He was included in the
subsequent party for the IRB World Championship at that level and his
development has gone on from there.
A few days before the
New Zealand match at Twickenham in November 2008, he was drafted into the
England senior training squad as cover for Andrew Sheridan and was chosen for
the summer tour of Argentina in 2009 but remained outside the match day 22 for
the Test against the Pumas in Salta. The previous month, he had played off the
bench for the England XV beaten 33-26 by the Barbarians at Twickenham.
His other near miss in
terms of a cap was when being called into the party for the 2007 trip to South
Africa. He was due to make a Test start but succumbed to a torn chest muscle in
training and needed to fly home.
Nick had appeared for
England U18 and U21 and represented the Saxons in Six Nations matches in three
consecutive years, first appearing off the bench for Stuart Turner, of Sale
Sharks, in the 33-18 defeat by Ireland A on his home club ground at Kingsholm
in 2006 and a fourth in the 17-13 victory over the side now known as the
Wolfhounds in January 2010. He went on to start all three games against Russia,
the United States and Canada when the Saxons won the Churchill Cup the
His other matches
against Italy A and Ireland A in 2007 preceded a third appearance against
Ireland A the following year.
He had joined
Gloucester in 2001 after leaving Radley College, also played for Rosslyn Park,
studied Modern Languages at Brasenose College, Oxford and graduated to tour
selection for the Dark Blues to Japan in 2002 after playing for the university
signed a new three-year contract in January 2010 and 25 months on , had
appeared in 197 games for Gloucester, including a remarkable 105 in the past
three and a half seasons. He has also won representative honours in hockey.