Edward Nicholas Slater (born 1 August 1988)[2] is an English rugby union player for Gloucester Rugby.

Ed Slater
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Birth nameEdward Nicholas Slater
Date of birth (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthLeicester
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight116 kg (18 st 4 lb) [1]
SchoolDenbigh School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock/Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leicester Tigers
Gloucester Rugby


Correct as of 22 May 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– England Saxons 4 (0)
Correct as of February 2016

Essentially a lock, his work-rate and physical presence helped him earn rave reviews at second row at Leicester Tigers, resulting in call ups to the senior England side.


Junior careerEdit

Born in Leicester he began his rugby career at Milton Keynes RUFC before moving to Australia. He established himself at Eastern Suburbs RUFC, Sydney, NSW. It was here that he began to really improve, starting in a successful U21s side and resulting in playing 1st grade rugby for 'The Beasties'. He also enjoyed a short stint with the NSW Waratahs, where he was signed on a Junior contract.[3] After a short trial with Leicester Tigers he joined Nottingham at the opening stages of the playoff campaign. Here he played alongside future Tigers teammate Tom Youngs. His performances in the Championship playoffs and for the Tigers' development side earned him a move to his hometown club, Leicester Tigers in the summer of 2010.

Leicester TigersEdit

He provided excellent cover for long-term injuries to England international locks Louis Deacon and Geoff Parling whilst the retirements of Ben Kay and Richard Blaze allowed Slater to break through to the first team squad. Slater's consistent performances earned him Tigers' Player of the Month award in October 2010 and he went on to make over 30 appearances for the club in his first season.[4] In the same season he helped Tigers top the leaderboard and make it to the Aviva Premiership final in the 2010-2011 season. Since then, Slater has gone on to claim his first call up to the England Saxons squad.[5]

A successful 2012/2013 campaign culminated in a Premiership winners medal for Slater where he was also rewarded for some fine form with a call up to the senior England Squad.[6] Unfortunately an injury sustained in the Aviva Premiership final ruled him out of the tour shortly after being selected.[7] He did however return the following season, captaining Leicester Tigers for the last 10 games of the season and in the process, earning a call-up to the England squad for both the 2014 Six Nations and the summer tour to New Zealand.[8] He captained England against the Canterbury Crusaders. This was Slater's first appearance for the senior England side.

He was then named captain for the Tigers in the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons although injured for the majority of the 14/15 season he came back at the end of the season and made Stuart Lancaster's World Cup 51 man training squad.[9] After making his way in to Eddie Jones' plans at the beginning of 2016 though, he was injured again and as yet has not made the extended squad since. [10]

Move to GloucesterEdit

On 7 August 2017, Slater left Leicester to sign for Gloucester Rugby as part of a swap deal with Jonny May joining Leicester Tigers from the 2017-18 season.[11]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Leicester Tigers". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Ed Slater ESPN profile". ESPN. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Call-up by home club Leicester Tigers leaves Slater pinching himself". Leicester Mercury. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013.
  4. ^ Ed Slater surprised by fine start at Leicester Tigers 17 November 2010
  5. ^ Saxons debut delight for Slater
  6. ^ Ed Slater called in to Senior England squad
  7. ^ Ed Slater and Calum Clark ruled out of Argentina tour
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "England announce Rugby World Cup training group". englandrugby.com. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  10. ^ Schofield, Daniel (2016). "England problems mount for Eddie Jones with Ed Slater and Dave Attwood facing lengthy spells on the sidelines". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Gloucester sign Leicester Tigers lock Ed Slater". Telegraph. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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