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Iain Balshaw
England
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Full name Iain Robert Balshaw
Born April 14, 1979, Blackburn
Current age 35 years 5 days
Major teams Barbarians, Bath Rugby, Biarritz, British and Irish Lions, England A, Gloucester Rugby, Leeds Carnegie, England
Position Fullback
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 206 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2000-2008 38 26 12 65 13 0 0 0 25 13 0 65.78
England 2000-2008 35 26 9 65 13 0 0 0 24 11 0 68.57
British and Irish Lions 2001-2001 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 33.33
Five/Six Nations 2000-2008 22 16 6 40 8 0 0 0 17 5 0 77.27
IRB Rugby World Cup 2003-2003 3 2 1 15 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 100.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Ireland at Twickenham, Feb 5, 2000 match details
Last Test England v Ireland at Twickenham, Mar 15, 2008 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 1997-2009 145 131 14 276 52 2 0 4 80 62 3 56.20
Bath Rugby 1997-2004 89 80 9 191 36 1 0 3 51 36 2 58.42
Leeds Carnegie 2004-2006 17 14 3 15 2 1 0 1 4 13 0 23.52
Gloucester Rugby 2006-2009 39 37 2 70 14 0 0 0 25 13 1 65.38
Profile

Balshaw burst onto the international scene in 2000, making his England debut against Ireland at Twickenham and went on to collect 35 caps in an injury-plagued international career.

Widely considered one of the most dangerous broken-field runners in the game in is prime, he was also a member of the England squad that won that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup crown - scoring the crucial try in the win over Samoa in the group stages and coming on as a replacement against Australia in the final.

The fullback/wing, who has undergone extensive shoulder and groin surgery, won three Test caps for the British & Irish Lions on their 2001 tour of Australia and was denied more through injury despite being selected for the 2005 trip to New Zealand.

He was England's first choice fullback during the 2008 Six Nations under coach Brian Ashton but failed to secure a place in the Elite Player Squad when Martin Johnson took over as manager later the same year.

He made his senior debut for Bath in the 1997-98 season and made his name at the Premiership club over the next seven years before moving to Leeds Tykes. Following the Tykes' relegation from the top flight in 2006 he switched to Gloucester where he stayed for two season before opting for a move to French Top 14 side Biarritz in the summer of 2009.

Scrum Staff April 2009

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Jan 12, 2013
Biarritz's Iain Balshaw hurdles the Zebre tackler
Biarritz's Iain Balshaw hurdles the Zebre tackler
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Oct 6, 2012
Biarritz's Iain Balshaw
Biarritz's Iain Balshaw
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Mar 24, 2012
Biarritz's Iain Balshaw cuts through the Lyon defence
Biarritz's Iain Balshaw cuts through the Lyon defence
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Nov 12, 2011
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Ospreys winger Tommy Bowe dives across the tryline
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