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Dan Norton (born 22 March 1988) is a rugby union player for the England rugby sevens national team. He is the leading all-time try scorer in rugby sevens, beating the previous record of 244 held by Kenya's Collins Injera at the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens tournament.[1]

Dan Norton
Dan Norton 2012.jpg
Birth nameDaniel John Norton
Date of birth (1988-03-22) 22 March 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthGloucester, England
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
SchoolBrockworth Enterprise School
UniversityHartpury College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2009
2007–2009
2009–2011
2011–
Gloucester
Moseley (loan)
Bristol
Hartpury College
1
37
31
7
(0)
(120)
(90)
(55)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2009–
2016
England
GB 7s

1 (20)

He also plays for Hartpury College R.F.C., recently promoted to the RFU Championship. He plays as a winger. Norton was at the Gloucester academy and dual registered with Moseley for both the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons.

He competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games representing Team GB, where he scored a try in the final, but was ultimately unable to prevent a 43-7 drubbing by Fiji.

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InternationalEdit

Norton helped England U20s to a Six Nations Grand Slam title in 2008.

During the 2010–2011 season, Norton's main focus was on the 7s format, playing in the Commonwealth Games and a regular in the IRB Sevens World Series. Norton has been a core-contracted Sevens player to the RFU since the 2011-12 season. Norton scored 37 tries in the 2011/12 series – second only to England teammate Mat Turner with 38. In December 2012, Norton scored his 100th career try for England against Scotland in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.[2][3] Norton led all try-scorers in the 2012–13 season with 52 tries. Norton is top of the all-time list of try scorers on the World Rugby Sevens Series.[4]

Norton has exceptional pace,[5] the ability to sidestep of either foot, and with a good kicking game. Norton is one of the quickest players on the 7s circuit, with a personal best for the 40m of 4.78 seconds.[citation needed]

ClubEdit

Norton made his name at Hartpury College where his dynamic performances on the wing and at fullback earned him a senior contract with Gloucester from 2007 to 2009. He was instrumental in helping Moseley (on loan from Gloucester) win the EDF National Trophy in 2009, scoring a try against Leeds in the final at Twickenham.

In April 2009, it was announced that Norton would be joining Bristol for the next season. Norton played the start of the 2009–2010 for Bristol and soon established himself as the top scorer, as Bristol reached the Championship play-off final in 2010, going on to win the British & Irish Cup in 2011. However, after returning from England sevens duty his time with the different format seemed to lose his edge, and was not given enough time to convert, becoming a bit part player for the rest of the season. Although he re-established himself in the B&I Cup winning Bristol side at the end of the 2010-11 season, he was not included in the Bristol retained players list announced at the end of May 2011.

Norton is an ambassador for Mizuno Rugby.

FamilyEdit

Dan also has a cousin, Aaron Jones who is a solo artist/actor and motorcyclist known as Greighwolfe, based in Brighton, United Kingdom.

HonoursEdit

MoseleyEdit

BristolEdit

EnglandEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Rugby Sevens: England's Dan Norton scores record-breaking try". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Hosts and Portugal impress at SA Sevens". worldrugby.org. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Dan Norton grabs his 100th try as England head to the Bowl again". ur7s.com. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.irbsevens.com/statistics/allintpointdetails.html
  5. ^ Mairs, Gavin (10 May 2012), "England sevens wing Dan Norton puts his Usain Bolt speed to good effect in world series", The Daily Telegraph

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