|Weight||95kg (14st 13lb)|
Changing codes has been a revelation for Stephen Myler, a member of the Widnes rugby league family dynasty, since he joined Northampton Saints from Salford City Reds in September 2006. He was rewarded for his performances with a first England cap against Argentina last June, followed by section in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship squad.
After three seasons with Northampton, two in the Premiership bridged by another in the old National One League, he made his delayed maiden appearances for England Saxons in the 2009 Barclays Churchill Cup and became the side’s top points’ scorer with 36. Stephen repeated that feat by amassing another 39 points in the 2010 tournament that England won.
At 29, Stephen has earned eight England Saxons caps, including those against Russia, the United States and Canada in June 2010 and against Italy A and Ireland Wolfhounds the following year. He has scored 91 points for the side, comprising a try, 22 conversions, 13 penalty goals and a dropped goal.
He had been scheduled to play in the Portugal game at Edgeley Park in January 2009 but a rearranged Premiership match forced him to withdraw. Then after being chosen to appear against Ireland A, the game was cancelled at the last minute because of a frozen pitch.
By then, he had settled smoothly into the union game, amassing 190 National One points in 2007-08 when the Saints relished an invincible season.
In 122 Premiership matches up to early January this year, he had scored 945 points. At that time, his aggregate for Northampton was 1,681 points in 213 games spanning seven-and-a-half seasons. He also helped the Saints to beat Bourgoin in the 2009 European Challenge Cup final, picking up all 15 points, and becoming the competition’s leading scorer in that season.
The surname of Myler is fabled throughout rugby league. Stephen’s great-uncle Frank was the Widnes and Great Britain stand off and the only player from any competing country to figure in both the 1960 and 1970 World Cups.
He was also the most recent captain of a winning Ashes team in Australia. John, Stephen’s father, kicked 243 goals for Widnes and his uncle Tony coached Warrington and St Helens.
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Last updated: January 13, 2014