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Michael Lipman
England
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Full name Michael Ross Lipman
Born January 16, 1980, London
Current age 34 years 338 days
Major teams Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby, Melbourne Rebels, England
Position Flanker
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 224 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2004-2008 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 40.00
Five/Six Nations 2008-2008 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00

Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Auckland, Jun 19, 2004 match details
Last Test England v New Zealand at Twickenham, Nov 29, 2008 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Tournament list

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2002-2009 109 101 8 55 11 0 0 0 59 45 5 56.42
Bristol Rugby 2002-2003 23 21 2 5 1 0 0 0 6 17 0 26.08
Bath Rugby 2003-2009 86 80 6 50 10 0 0 0 53 28 5 64.53
Profile

England flanker Michael Lipman was born in London and raised in Australia, representing the New South Wales Waratahs at youth and 'B' levels before agreeing a switch to play for Bristol in the Premiership.

After a successful introduction to English rugby he moved to Bristol's West Country rivals Bath in 2003. His form at the club led to a call up for England's 2004 summer tour, and he made his international debut in a loss to New Zealand in Auckland.

Injuries curtailed his progress at international level and while he won a cap against Australia in 2006 it was not until 2008 that he secured a run in England colours, winning seven caps through the Six Nations and autumn internationals.

In 2008-09 his season was heavily disrupted by a concussion sustained against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup.

Late in the season he was charged by the RFU with 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game' following a club night out. He, along with fellow players Justin Harrison, Alex Crockett and Andrew Higgins, refused to take drugs tests and were found guilty of misconduct by the RFU.

He terminated his contract with Bath and was subsequently banned for nine months. An unsuccessful appeal followed in September 2009 and as a result he was sidelined until February 28, 2010.

Upon the expiration of the ban, Lipman agreed to join Super Rugby's newest franchise, the Melbourne Rebels. However, the deal was blocked by the Australian Rugby Union. Lipman then linked up with Sydney club Warringah before the ARU eventually gave him the green light to sign for the Rebels.

He featured for the Rebels in their first Super Rugby campaign in 2011 but midway through his second season with the franchise he was forced to announce his retirement from the game due to a succession of concussions.

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Jun 17, 2011
The Rebels' Michael Lipman takes the attack to the Force
The Rebels' Michael Lipman takes the attack to the Force
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Aug 3, 2009
Bath's Andrew Higgins, Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett
Bath's Andrew Higgins, Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett
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Nov 15, 2008
England's Michael Lipman follows the play
England's Michael Lipman follows the play
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Sep 27, 2008
Bath captain Michael Lipman on the charge
Bath captain Michael Lipman on the charge
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