Nick Duncombe (January 21, 1982—February 14, 2003) was an English rugby union footballer who played for Harlequins and England. Earmarked as a promising youngster since his time in the England youth teams, Duncombe was the England senior team's youngest debutant scrum-half at the time of his debut and won two international caps before his death at age 21.
Duncombe attended the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, which was renowned for its rugby tradition. At school, he excelled in various sports including cricket and football and began playing for the England national youth teams and England Schoolboys. A neck injury he sustained during an England youth game in 2000 nearly ended his career but he recovered.
Duncombe contracted meningitis while on what has erroneously been described as a warm-weather training trip to Spain with his club Harlequins. In reality, it was a short break, to Lanzarote, with his club colleague, Nathan Williams.
Dan Luger, another established England international, was also due to be on the trip with Duncombe, but was called into the England squad to play France at Twickenham.
A statue of Nick is displayed at Harlequins Twickenham home, The Stoop.
- "Talking School Sport: RGS High Wycombe revel in succession of scrum-halves". Daily Telegraph. 4 February 2002.
- "England scrum-half dies". BBC. 15 February 2003.
- Tribute to Nick Duncombe
- The Schools' Rugby Website, Player of the Tournamanet at the St Joseph's Festival
- Fansite tribute
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