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Chris Budgen
England
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Full name Christopher James Budgen
Born January 21, 1973, Hamilton
Current age 41 years 223 days
Major teams Exeter Chiefs, Northampton Saints
Position Prop
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 273 lb

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2001-2012 119 52 67 50 10 0 0 0 58 58 3 50.00
Northampton Saints 2001-2007 85 41 44 15 3 0 0 0 39 43 3 47.64
Exeter Chiefs 2010-2012 34 11 23 35 7 0 0 0 19 15 0 55.88
Profile

Chris Budgen is a veteran tight-head prop who plays for Exeter Chiefs.

Budgen was born in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1973. He signed for Northampton Saints in 2001 on the recommendation of Rugby World Cup winner Garry Pagel after coming up against the Army lance corporal in a cup game.

He then moved to Exeter in 2008, making his debut for the Chiefs in September against Esher. Budgen went on to be an influential member of their successful Championship winning team in 2009/10. Budgen shone for the Chiefs in his first season in the Premiership and ended the campaign with a place on the shortlist for the Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year.

Come the 2011-12 season, Budgen was once again in the Chiefs' front-row mix but he played in the International Defence World Cup and upon returning to Sandy Park, found that his spot in the team had gone to Haoni Tui. But the evergreen prop still played a key role in their charge up the league and put in the match-winning pass in their epic 31-26 win over Worcester in April.

Budgen is still with the British Army and has had spells abroad on tour. He lives in Tidworth - just outside Salisbury Plain - and is a part of the Second Royal Welsh regiment.

Latest Articles
Budgen dedicates try in memory of twin sons (Nov 4, 2012) Fighting on two fronts (Apr 27, 2012) Baxter angered by Budgen's call up (Sep 26, 2011) Wood on course for awards double (May 12, 2011) Trio set to face juduciary (Sep 30, 2010)
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Nov 3, 2012
Exeter Chiefs' Chris Budgen points to the sky in memory of his twin sons
Exeter Chiefs' Chris Budgen points to the sky in memory of his twin sons
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Apr 14, 2012
A close-up of battle-scared Chris Budgen
A close-up of battle-scared Chris Budgen
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Mar 26, 2011
Exeter's Chris Budgen winds up for a run
Exeter's Chris Budgen winds up for a run
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Mar 6, 2011
Exeter's Chris Budgen breaches the Northampton defence
Exeter's Chris Budgen breaches the Northampton defence
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