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Graham Kitchener (born 29 September 1989 in Bromley) is an English rugby union player for Worcester Warriors in Premiership Rugby. He previously played for Leicester Tigers. His position is lock.

Graham Kitchener
Graham Kitchener (cropped).jpg
Date of birth (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 30)
Place of birthBromley
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight121 kg (19 st 1 lb; 267 lb) [1]
SchoolAdams' Grammar School
UniversityBirmingham University
Notable relative(s)Andrew Kitchener (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Worcester Warriors
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2011 Worcester Warriors 61 (25)
2011–2019 Leicester Tigers 175 (65)
2019– Worcester Warriors 0 (0)
2008– Total 236 (90)
Correct as of 19 May 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2009
2011
England Under-20
England Saxons

CareerEdit

He has represented England at Under 16, 18 and Under 20 level, and played a part in the Under 20s 6 nations grand slam in 2008.[2] He was also a crucial member of the 2009 Under 20 squad, reaching the final of the JWC.[3]

Kitchener attended Adams' Grammar School in Newport like fellow professional rugby player Peter Short of Bath Rugby.[4]

A talented all round athlete, he spent 3 years playing football for Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy before deciding to focus on rugby.[citation needed] He was a schoolboy cricketer for Shropshire[citation needed] and was the Midlands Under 17 Shot Put champion,[citation needed] before finishing 6th in the English Schools championships. He combines his commitments as a professional rugby player with a full-time degree at University of Birmingham[citation needed]

A graduate of the academy system at Aviva Premiership club Worcester Warriors, Graham Kitchener left the Warriors to join Leicester Tigers for the 2011-12 season.

He played for the England Saxons through 2011, including their successful Churchill Cup campaign.

Kitchener was selected for the England squad to face the Barbarians in the summer of 2014.[5]

He was called up to the senior England squad for the 2015 Six Nations Championship.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  2. ^ "England U-20 43–14 Ireland U-20". RTÉ. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "England lose out to New Zealand in Junior final". RFU. 21 June 2009. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Kitchener Lords it at Sixways". BBC. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Mike Brown: Harlequins full-back one of 21 added by England". BBC Sport. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Easter and Cipriani included in England training squad". englandrugby.com. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2017.

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