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Elliot Daly (born 8 October 1992) is an English rugby union player who plays for Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership and for England.

Elliot Daly
Elliot Daly 2012 (cropped).jpg
Daly playing for Wasps in 2012
Birth nameElliot Fitzgerald Daly[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 27)
Place of birthCroydon, England
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[2]
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb; 216 lb)
SchoolCumnor House School
Whitgift School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing, Fullback
Current team Saracens
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2019
2011
2019–
Wasps
London Scottish (loan)
Saracens
188
2
0
(402)
(5)
(0)
Correct as of 3 February 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2010
2011–2012
2013
2016–
2017
England U18
England U20
England Saxons
England
British and Irish Lions
9
8
4
33
3
(?)
(40)
(3)
(81)
(3)
Correct as of 17 September 2019

He is nicknamed 'Briefcase' after he turned up at his first Wasps training session in his Whitgift school uniform with a briefcase.[3]

Club careerEdit

Daly played his early rugby at Beckenham from age five before moving to Dorking in 2006, where he spent three years.[4] He was educated at Cumnor House School and Whitgift School, after which he joined Wasps' Elite Player Development Squad before progressing to the Academy.[5]

He made his debut at centre against Exeter Chiefs in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November 2010 whilst still a pupil at Whitgift and in the process became the second-youngest player to represent the club.[6] His first Premiership game followed later that month against Bath Rugby and he finished the 2010–11 season with six appearances which came at centre, full-back and on the wing.[5][7]

Daly was an established member of Wasps'Rugby side having featured in over 150 Premiership matches for the side. His speed and long range kicking abilities alongside his ability to see space is among what made him such a stand-out player and he played a vital role for wasps whether it is at 13,11 or 15.

On 4 February 2019, Daly will leave Wasps to join Premiership rivals Saracens prior to the 2019-20 season.[8]

International careerEdit

He has represented England at U16, U18, U20 and Senior level including winning an U20 Grand Slam in 2011, and reaching the Junior World Cup final in the same year. Since making his Senior debut for England in 2016, Daly went on to win back to back Six Nations Championships in 2016 and 2017. In the years since his debut, he has made over 30 appearances for the Senior team.

Daly was selected for the England 2015 Rugby World Cup training squad.[9] Daly received his first call up to the senior England squad by new coach Eddie Jones on 13 January 2016 for the 2016 Six Nations Championship.[10]

Daly made his international debut against Ireland on 27 February 2016 during the 2016 Six Nations championship, replacing Owen Farrell at inside centre in a 21-10 victory.[11][12]

Daly made his first international start[13] against South Africa on 12 November 2016 in the Old Mutual Wealth series. He started at outside centre starring alongside Owen Farrell who played inside centre. He also scored his first international points kicking a long-range penalty in the 39th minute of the first half.

Daly scored his first international try for England when he started on the wing in England's 58-15 victory over Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday 19 November 2016.[14]

On 26 November 2016, he became the first England back, and only the second England player, to be sent off at Twickenham. Daly went for a tackle in the air against Argentina's number 8 Leonardo Senatore who landed on his head and shoulders in the fifth minute of the first half, and was subsequently given a red card and 3 week ban. [15] Despite Daly's dismissal and playing 75 minutes a man short, England won the match 27-14.

Daly was named in the England team to face France at Twickenham in the first game of the 2017 Six Nations on Saturday 4 February.[16] He scored a long-range penalty and was denied a try by a last-gasp tackle from the French.[17] Daly started on the wing again against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday 11 February. With England losing 16-14 and 5 minutes left on the clock, Daly took a pass from Owen Farrell, escaped the clutches of Alex Cuthbert and sprinted 20 metres to dive over in the corner, winning the match for England.[18] Daly scored his second try of the tournament during England's 36-15 win over Italy.[19] In the 2019 Six Nations, Daly played at fullback and scored the second try in England's opening 32-20 away win over Ireland, grounding his own grubber kick following Jacob Stockdale's handling error under pressure. [20]

On 12 August 2019 Elliot was announced as part of the England squad for the rugby World Cup in Japan, having impressed with his electrifying pace and also his ability to kick long range penalties.[citation needed]

British & Irish LionsEdit

Elliot Daly made history on the [21] – both individually and as part of a Test side that claimed a dramatic drawn series with the All Blacks. On a personal level he joined an elite club of people to have played and an even smaller club to have scored both for and against The British & Irish Lions. In 2013 he was part of the Barbarians side that took on the tourists in Hong Kong on the first leg of their Tour to Australia – he even kicked a penalty in the defeat.

Elliot didn't feature in the Lions defeat to the [22], he played in the following matches against the Highlanders and Maori All Blacks before went on to play in all three Tests during which he proved his worth and demonstrated how crucial his long-range kicking can be. He came within inches of scoring in the second minute of the first Test, collecting Owen Farrell’s pass in the left corner after a free-flowing Lions move, but was denied by a brilliant Israel Dagg tackle.

And in the same game, he was involved in one of the greatest Lions tries ever scored as he exchanged passes with Jonathan Davies, who set up Sean O’Brien to cross the whitewash after Liam Williams’ break.

Elliot played all 80 minutes of the Lions’ remarkable come-from-behind win in the second Test, before his penalty just after half-time in the third helped bring the Lions back within three points and heap pressure on the All Blacks in Auckland, as the match eventually finished 15-15 to draw the series in historic fashion.[23]

Daly was a talented cricketer as a teenager, representing England Under-15s and Surrey at various age-group levels. He was an all-rounder, with fast bowling his forte, and appeared good enough to possibly make the first-class county grade before he chose rugby union.

International TriesEdit

As of 7 July 2019 [24]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1   Fiji London, England Twickenham Stadium 2016 Autumn Internationals 19 November 2016 Win 58 – 15
2   Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2017 Six Nations 11 February 2017 Win 21 - 16
3   Italy London, England Twickenham Stadium 2017 Six Nations 26 February 2017 Win 36 - 15
4   Australia London, England Twickenham Stadium 2017 Autumn Internationals 18 November 2017 Win 30 - 6
5   Samoa London, England Twickenham Stadium 2017 Autumn Internationals 25 November 2017 Win 48 - 14
6
7   Ireland London, England Twickenham Stadium 2018 Six Nations 17 March 2018 Loss 15 - 24
8
9   South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Ellis Park Stadium 2018 Tour of South Africa 9 June 2018 Loss 39 - 42
10   Australia London, England Twickenham Stadium 2018 Autumn Internationals 24 November 2018 Win 37 - 18
11   Ireland Dublin, Ireland Aviva Stadium 2019 Six Nations 2 February 2019 Win 32 - 20
12   Ireland London, England Twickenham Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup warm up match 24 August 2019 Win 57 – 15
13   Argentina Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo 2019 Rugby World Cup 5 October 2019 Win 39 – 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Elliot Daly". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Elliot Daly - Official RFU England profile". 2 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ "These are the brilliant nicknames of the England World Cup squad and the reasons they've been given them". Ruck. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Elliot Daly". Saracens. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Playing squad 2013/2014 Elliot Daly". Wasps. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Wasps fall short in LV=Cup opener". Wasps. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Three from three for Wasps". Wasps. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Elliot Daly confirms he will leave Wasps at the end of the season ahead of imminent Saracens move". Independent. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  9. ^ "England announce Rugby World Cup training group". englandrugby.com. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Six Nations 2016: Josh Beaumont in new-look England squad". BBC. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Elliot Fitzgerald Daly". ESPN scrum.
  12. ^ http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/match?gameId=254989&league=254969[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "England v South Africa: Elliot Daly and Tom Wood to start for England". 10 November 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  14. ^ "England smash Fiji to extend Eddie Jones' winning run to 11th game". The Independent. 19 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Daly hit with three-week ban following fifth minute red card". Mail Online. 28 November 2016.
  16. ^ Mole, Giles (2 February 2017). "England name team to face France in Six Nations opener - Maro Itoje and Elliot Daly start" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  17. ^ "Six Nations: England beat France 19-16 to start title defence with win". 4 February 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  18. ^ "Six Nations: Wales 16-21 England". 11 February 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  19. ^ "Six Nations 2017: England 36-15 Italy". 26 February 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  20. ^ "Six Nations: England beat Ireland 32-20 in Dublin". 2 February 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ https://www.lionsrugby.com/historic-results/ 2017 Tour to New Zealand
  22. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40169906 Blues]
  23. ^ https://www.lionsrugby.com/players/elliot-daly/
  24. ^ "Elliot Daly". 7 July 2019.

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