|Weight||83kg (13st 0lb)|
|IRB World Series||13 events|
Previously unknown to most, maybe, but Nick Royle emerged as a well endowed talent on the IRB Sevens World Series scene with four tries in his debut tournament in Dubai in early December 2009 that has led to 31 overall so far. They include four off the bench in the final event of 2009-10 at Murrayfield, one against France in Las Vegas in February this year and another in the USA match in Hong Kong the following month.
In early April, he became the Adelaide tournament’s overall leading try-scorer with eight, having bagged successive hat tricks in the opening matches against Scotland and Papua New Guinea before plundering two in the next game against Argentina.
A powerful and irrepressible runner, he even scored in four consecutive matches spanning the Dubai and George tournaments in 2009, a telling tally that introduced him to opposing defences in an exalted competition.
Already no stranger to the international whitewash, he had run in a trademark late try in the England Counties’ game against France Amateurs three years ago to snatch a draw and an unbeaten record in a FIRA tournament.
In 2009, Nick toured Korea and Japan with the Counties XV, the flagship of the game at county and club level outside the top two tiers. Bill Beaumont, captain of the 1980 England Grand Slam winning team, is known to be an admirer of Nick’s style of play for Fylde and Lancashire, for whom Bill appeared throughout his career.
Educated at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes, Nick has a strong rugby league background emanating from the age of six at local club Halton Hornets. His grandfather Jim Royle played for Widnes RLFC and Nick went on to appear for Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves, as well as Sale Sharks in the union game.
Nick’s best memory before his England Sevens odyssey was a 70 metre try on his Super League debut in a 24-16 Widnes’ win over Warrington. Headingley Carnegie is his favourite ground, top hobbies are knee boarding/water sports and ski-ing on snow while treasured backing comes from girlfriend Victoria. He says: “She supports me and pushes me to reach my goals.”
Last updated: June 27, 2011