|Squad||Birmingham & Solihull|
|Weight||94kg (14st 11lb)|
|IRB World Series||15 events|
Not only tries but points at club and top level are the name of Simon Hunt’s game in the 11 years since he first played for England Sevens. He top scored with 31 tries in the old National Two in 2008-09 when Birmingham & Solihull, the Bees, won promotion to the new Championship.
Was he content with that? No way. Last season, loyal Simon had a major part in helping the Bees to stay there against the odds by amassing 23 points, including two tries, in the decisive 38-34 win over Moseley on the season’s final day in a relegation play off. It consigned Coventry to relegation.
A new season and revived ambitions beckon Simon, also a goalkicker, who has experience in both the Guinness Premiership and Magners League with London Irish and Newport Gwent Dragons. He joined the Irish from Rosslyn Park in 2000, signed for RC Narbonne two years later and then switched to USA Perpignan, another Top 14 club, in 2003. London-born Simon also spent time with Sale Sharks and Bristol.
Going to Ebbw Vale was next on a varied agenda before his first spell with the Bees in 2005. His second began in 2008-09 and so his success story gathered momentum. Simon also represented England Students in 1999, 2000 and 2001 while studying at St Mary’s University in Teddington, London and England Under 21s and Great Britain Sevens.
Having played for England Sevens from 2000-02, he returned to the squad after a six year gap, figuring in six HSBC Sevens World Series events. His try aggregate is 37 in 15 tournaments at that level, including three touchdowns, against France, Fiji and Samoa, in the Dubai tournament in December 2010 and another three in Wellington and Las Vegas 14 months later.
Backtracing to May 2010 and there he was – helping the ‘Dig Deep England’ side under Ben Ryan to win the London Floodlit Sevens title at Rosslyn Park, beating Saracens 17-5.
As usual, Simon was on the try-scoring list, running in the vital one that took the side 10-5 ahead. The following month, he was player of the tournament when Samurai beat Esher 42-31 in the first leg of the inaugural National Sevens Series at London’s RugbyRocks.