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Will Skinner
England
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Full name William John Skinner
Born February 8, 1984, Northampton
Current age 30 years 323 days
Major teams Barbarians, England A, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, England
Position Back-row
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 213 lb

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2003-2012 125 84 41 35 7 0 0 0 62 57 6 52.00
Leicester Tigers 2003-2006 27 10 17 20 4 0 0 0 11 15 1 42.59
Harlequins 2006-2012 98 74 24 15 3 0 0 0 51 42 5 54.59
Profile

A flanker who beats the modern trend that all forwards have to be tall and very powerful, Skinner has followed in the footsteps of Neil Back who discounted the theory that big is best to be one of England's best.

The presence of Back at Leicester curtailed Skinner's opportunities though he made a sufficient impression to be young player of the season at the Tigers in 2004 even if he never commanded a first team place during a stay of four years, which gained him 34 appearances.

His professional career began to flourish when he joined Harlequins in 2006. Helped by the backing of Quins' former director of rugby Dean Richards, Skinner gained a reputation for being a competitive flanker and a captain who has the respect of his team-mates.

His success at the Stoop has gained him England honours at Saxons level, culminating in him leading the squad to success in the 2008 Churchill Cup. Skinner was born in Northampton and played for England at school and youth level when attending Bedford School. He went on to play for the Under-21 team and Sevens squad in the IRB world series in Brisbane (2003).

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Harlequins pair forced to call time (Jul 5, 2013) ERC rule out further Quins sanctions (Jan 6, 2012) Skinner handed two-week ban (Dec 22, 2011) Skinner to face Dublin hearing (Dec 20, 2011) RPA guarding against match-fixing (May 12, 2011) Will Skinner news and articles (12) »
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Oct 21, 2011
Harlequins flanker Will Skinner escapes from James Gaskell
Harlequins flanker Will Skinner escapes from James Gaskell
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Sep 11, 2010
Northampton's Roger Wilson gets to grips with Quins' Will Skinner
Northampton's Roger Wilson gets to grips with Quins' Will Skinner
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Jan 1, 2010
Harlequins Will Skinner and Tom Williams reflect on defeat to Sale
Harlequins Will Skinner and Tom Williams reflect on defeat to Sale
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Oct 17, 2009
Harlequins skipper Will Skinner limps off
Harlequins skipper Will Skinner limps off
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