Full name Christopher John Ashton
Born March 29, 1987, Wigan
Current age 26 years 251 days
Major teams Northampton Saints, Saracens, England
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 202 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2011-2011||5||5||0||30||6||0||0||0||4||1||0||80.00|
|Test debut||France v England at Stade de France, Mar 20, 2010 match details|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at Twickenham, Nov 16, 2013 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Chris Ashton is one of England's best finishers and possesses blistering pace but he has recently struggled to convert opportunities into tries on the Test stage.
Ashton made his competitive bow for the Warriors in 2005 aged 18. His first steps in the 13-man code were a success but before he could make an impact on Super League, he was granted an early release from his contract to switch codes with Northampton in 2007.
He soon made his mark in union, scoring with his first touch of the ball against London Welsh in the opening game of the 2007-08 season before going on to notch a National League One record 39 tries in 25 matches as the Saints marched to the title. He cemented his place in the squad during Northampton's first season back in the Premiership and finished as top scorer in the European Challenge Cup.
Ashton exploded into life at the start of the 2009-10 season and embarked on a sparkling run of form that brought 15 tries in 16 games in all competitions. His try-scoring exploits brought him to the attention of the national selectors and England manager Martin Johnson rewarded him by calling him up to the senior squad for the 2010 Six Nations.
Ashton was later named in the England squad to tour Australia and New Zealand in June the same year and went on to notch his first international try against the Wallabies in Sydney. His rich vein of form continued into the 2010-11 campaign and after a successful start to the season with Saints he enjoyed a stunning outing in an England shirt against Australia. He bagged two tries in a 35-18 victory - the second a length-of-the-field effort that will live long in the memory.
His try-scoring form continued in the opening game of the 2011 Six Nations, when he was again on the scoresheet twice as England secured a first win over Wales in Cardiff since 2003, and he continued a remarkable run with four tries in a rout of Italy a week later. Finishing the season with 10 tries to his name in the Premiership, Ashton earned a call up to the World Cup squad.
Ashton made his mark in the World Cup in sensational fashion - crossing against Georgia before scoring a hat-trick in England's demolition of Romania. The Saints winger finished the tournament as joint top try-scorer with Vincent Clerc despite England's poor campaign.
Back in the Premiership, Ashton was back in the media and disciplinary spotlight once again after an incident with Alesana Tuilagi in the East Midlands derby. Following his high profile clash with Manu Tuilagi the season before, Ashton was found guilty of dragging Manu's older brother into touch by his hair and subsequently handed a four-week ban. And Ashton was not far away from the headlines on his return to action with confirmation of a switch to Premiership rivals Saracens ahead of the 2012-13 season on a "long term" contract.
During the 2012 Six Nations Ashton kept his place in the England side but failed to score a try in any of his five outings. And by the 2013 championship, Ashton's poor run of form continued. He touched down in England's opening fixture against Scotland but his defence was repeatedly exposed in the remainder of the tournament as his chances of touring with the Lions receded.