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Shaun Knight

Shaun Knight

Key Facts

SquadGloucester Rugby
Height1.83m (6'0")
Weight116kg (18st 3lb)


Playing for Matson at the age of seven opened the rugby world for Shaun Knight, who, 12 years on, helped England to defeat South Africa 40-21 in the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship semi final in Tokyo.

He said: "It’s my most memorable match so far. We beat them convincingly. I came off the bench with half an hour to go."

Shaun has now played 15 times for the side, including four appearances in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship, and his rugby kaleidoscope has taken him to Villamoura in Portugal, Tokyo and Treviso with other caps for England U18 en route. His latest venture is a loan spell until the end of October with Counties Manukau in New Zealand to broaden his playing experience.

He was included in their Wider Training Group for the ITM Cup, a tournament featuring 14 teams that runs from the end of July until the start of November.

Injury ruled him out of England U16 during his development through the Gloucestershire and South West set up. He won county and regional age group honours and also played for Widden Old Boys.

His father Adrian had played for Gloucester, Worcester and Matson, signposting the way for Shaun and influencing his career, along with front row specialist Olivier Azam. While with home city club Gloucester, he has spent time on loan to Cinderford in 2008-09 and Moseley last season.

By the start of 2010-11, he had yet to play in the Guinness Premiership but had been chosen on the bench, selections that illustrated his potential. He played in various positions until settling at prop when he was 14 and admires redoubtable former England forwards Martin Johnson and Jason Leonard.

His hobbies are weights, films, and squash and he has represented Gloucestershire in the shot putt.

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