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Danny Grewcock
Personal information
Full name Daniel Jonathan Grewcock
Date of birth 7 November 1972 (1972-11-07) (age 37)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 18 st 8 lb (118 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Clubs Caps (points)
1996-97
1997-01
2001-
Coventry R.F.C.
Saracens
Bath
National team(s) Caps (points)
1997-
2001,2005
England
Lions
69
4
(10)
(0)
correct as of 1 Sept 2006.

Daniel Jonathan Grewcock MBE (born 7 November 1972) is an English rugby union footballer. He was born in Coventry and attended Templars primary school in Tile Hill then the secondary in Eastern Green Woodlands School, Coventry, during his secondary education (September 1984 to July 1989). His career started with Barkers Butts and Coventry and playing for the Warwickshire U21 side at age 19. During his time at Barker's Butts he began weight lifting with school-mate Jeff Bagshaw, who went on to become a strongman on the United States circuit regularly televised on ESPN 2. In 1996-97 he moved into the professional ranks with Coventry and still supports Coventry City F.C..

He played for England for the first time in 1997 on the tour to Argentina, scoring his first international try in the test in Buenos Aires. He was sent off during England's 1998 trip to New Zealand. He joined Saracens later that summer but switched to Bath for the 2001-02 season.

He played in all three Test matches for the Lions against the Wallabies and in 6 of the 10 tour matches. The tour brought out the best in Grewcock and he matched the performances of fellow lock Martin Johnson with his own strongest performances.

He was only able to make one appearance on the pitch during the 2003 Rugby World Cup after breaking a hand in the Uruguay match and missing earlier games in the competition due to a toe injury incurred during a bout of 'happy stamping'. His injuries left head coach Clive Woodward with no choice but to fly out Simon Shaw as a replacement. He finally received his World Cup medal in December 2004.

Danny returned to domestic rugby union with Bath and produced some outstanding rugby, which led to his international recall as the successor for Martin Johnson in the Six Nations. He was arguably England's player of the tournament, while his club form remained superb. He started in all three Autumn 2004 tests.

Danny was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Year’s Honours list, along with other players from Bath - Iain Balshaw, Mike Catt and Mike Tindall.

He was selected for the 2005 Lions tour to New Zealand. His indiscipline returned, as he would be suspended for two months after biting All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu during the first Test on 25 June.

Danny continued to play for England in last years six nations, where he received a yellow card against Ireland. Danny's excellent performances for his clubside Bath made him a favourite for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, however his temper got the better of him again and received a suspension that ruled him out of the world cup.

Danny has recently signed a new 2 year extension to his Bath contract, which will keep him there until the end of the 2009/10 season. His quality performances show no signs of relenting, which many feel deserve him an England recall.

He is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University[1]

Discipline problems

He earned a five-week ban for a kicking offence after being sent off in 1998 at Carisbrook and six years later he copped a six-week suspension after being found guilty of reckless use of his boot on Daniel Carter. When he returned in 2005 with the Lions, Grewcock was banned for two months for biting Keven Mealamu's finger.

At home in 2002 he was outed for five weeks for stamping on halfback Kyran Bracken in a club game, then a year later had a two-week spell for punching Lawrence Dallaglio. There was a one-week standdown for stamping in 2007 and later that year he was banned for several months for punching.

References

  1. ^ "Notable Alumni in Sport". Manchester Metropolitan University. http://www.mmu.ac.uk/alumni/notable.php?a=4. Retrieved 24 November 2009.  

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