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Jack Clifford (born 12 February 1993) is a rugby union player for the England national rugby union team and Premiership side Harlequins. Clifford plays in the back row at flanker or number 8. He first captained Harlequins in November 2015 in a match against Cardiff Blues[1]

Jack Clifford
Jack Clifford 2014 (cropped).jpg
Clifford playing for Harlequins in 2014
Date of birth (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthBrisbane, Australia
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
SchoolTillingbourne School
Royal Grammar School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8, Openside Flanker, Blindside Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–
2012–
2012–2013
Harlequins
Ealing Trailfinders
Esher
44
11
17
(55)
(35)
(55)
Correct as of 29 May 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2011
2012–2013
2016-
England U18
England U20
England
13
20
10
(20)
(35)
(5)
Correct as of 27 February 2017
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2014– England 7 (10)

Club careerEdit

Clifford began playing rugby age 11 for Cranleigh Mini's and Cobham youths before joining Harlequins Academy two years later. He played for Cobham Rugby club from age 13 in which they had a five-year unbeaten record.[2] He was dual registered with National League 1 side Ealing Trailfinders for the 2011–12 season and made his first appearance in senior rugby on 7 January 2012 against Jersey.[3] He joined Esher on a similar agreement the following season and also made his senior debut for Harlequins in November 2012 as a replacement in the 31–30 Anglo-Welsh Cup win over Northampton Saints.[4] In 2013 he re-joined Ealing on dual registration terms.[5]

International careerEdit

Born in Brisbane, Australia to a Kenyan father and an English mother, Clifford has captained England under-18 and under-20 level. This included England's victory in the Under-20s World Cup in 2013.[6]

In March 2014 he was named in the England Sevens squad for two legs of the Sevens World Series in Japan and Hong Kong.[7] In May 2015 he was selected for an England XV to play against the Barbarians. Clifford scored a try in the match.[8]

Clifford 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.[9]

He made his full debut as a replacement for Chris Robshaw during the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland on 6 February 2016 after 69 minutes.[10]

International triesEdit

As of 7 July 2019 [11]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1   Wales London, England Twickenham Stadium 2016 Summer Tour Warm-Up 29 May 2016 Win 27 – 13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jack Clifford is already following in Chris Robshaw's footsteps at Harlequins - next on his list is England". The Telegraph. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Jack Clifford". Harlequin F.C. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Ealing Trailfinders 16–24 Jersey". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Botica steals victory from Saints". Harlequin F.C. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Ealing Trailfinders dual registered players with Harlequins". Ealing Trailfinders. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Jack Clifford is already following in Chris Robshaw's footsteps at Harlequins - next on his list is England". The Telegraph. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Clifford one of four newcomers in England Sevens squad". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  8. ^ "England thrash Barbarians 73-12". BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Six Nations 2016: Josh Beaumont in new-look England squad". BBC. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Jack Nowell's try seals winning start for Eddie Jones's England in Scotland". The Guardian. 6 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Jack Clifford". 7 July 2019.

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