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Joe Worsley
England
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Full name Joseph Paul Richard Worsley
Born June 14, 1977, Redbridge, Hants
Current age 37 years 168 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, Wasps, England
Position Back-row
Height 6 ft 5 in
Weight 241 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1999-2011 79 52 27 50 10 0 0 0 48 30 1 61.39
England 1999-2011 78 51 27 50 10 0 0 0 47 30 1 60.89
British and Irish Lions 2009-2009 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 100.00
Five/Six Nations 2000-2011 40 27 13 30 6 0 0 0 23 16 1 58.75
IRB Rugby World Cup 1999-2007 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 90.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Tonga at Twickenham, Oct 15, 1999 match details
Last Test Wales v England at Millennium Stadium, Feb 4, 2011 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 1997-2011 218 197 21 140 28 0 0 0 135 76 7 63.53
Wasps 1997-2011 218 197 21 140 28 0 0 0 135 76 7 63.53
Profile

Worsley joined Wasps at the age of 16 and soon became the youngest player to represent England U21 after helping England Schools to a Grand Slam in 1995.

Worsley's versatility at being able to play across the back-row won him a place in England's 1999 World Cup squad, and he subsequently made his international debut against Tonga during the tournament. He retained a place in the squad and made replacement appearances against Italy and Scotland during the 2000 Six Nations.

He took Lawrence Dallaglio's place at the base of the England scrum for their 2001 summer tour of the USA and Canada, while the British and Irish Lions were in Australia.

Worsley was a member of the England squad that won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, winning caps against South Africa, Samoa and Uruguay during the tournament. He became an automatic selection following the retirement of Dallaglio in 2004, and won the Premiership and Heineken Cup with Wasps that year.

He made his third World Cup in 2007, making five appearances including a replacement bow in the final loss to South Africa. He toured New Zealand with England in the summer of 2008 before winning a call-up into their squad for the 2009 Six Nations.

He was selected for the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa and missed the first two Test defeats but started the third Test victory in Johannesburg. The 2009-10 season proved to be a frustrating campaign for the flanker as he suffered a serious injury against New Zealand in November 2009. He returned to the England fold and played three matches in the 2010 Six Nations but by the following year he had slipped out of the international reckoning.

He made what would be his last international appearance as a replacement against Wales in the 2011 Six Nations opener before a neck injury blighted the rest of his season. He battled back to fitness and claimed a spot in England's World Cup training camp but missed out on selection for the tournament itself. The neck injury would eventually end his career with Worsley admitting defeat in his fitness battle and hanging up his boots in November 2011.

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Jul 30, 2011
England's Joe Worsley shares a joke with James Haskell
England's Joe Worsley shares a joke with James Haskell
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Jul 19, 2011
England's John Wells addresses the forwards during training
England's John Wells addresses the forwards during training
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Jul 19, 2011
England's James Haskell is lifted during training
England's James Haskell is lifted during training
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Jan 16, 2011
Glasgow's Colin Gregor carries the ball into a shrinking gap against Wasps
Glasgow's Colin Gregor carries the ball into a shrinking gap against Wasps
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