Steve Borthwick

15 January 2014

Date and Place of Birth: 12 October 1979, Carlisle, Cumbria

Height: 6ft 6″

Weight: 17st 7lbs

Course of Study: BSc (Hons) Economics & Politics (2003)

Occupation: Professional rugby player

Position: Lock

Clubs: Preston Grasshoppers, Bath Rugby, Saracens

International Honours: England 57 Caps – Captain 2008-2010 (21 games), England A, England Under 21s, England Schools 18 Group, England Colts

Biography: A Cumbrian lad, Steve made the move down south to Bath when he signed for Bath Rugby from Preston Grasshoppers in 1998.

He spent ten years at the club, during which time he represented England, making his debut against France in the 2001 6 Nations. He also managed to fit in a degree in Economics & Politics here at the University of Bath, graduating in 2003.

It wasn’t until after 2003 that his international career really took off though. Having just missed out on selection for the 2003 World Cup squad, Borthwick became a prominent member of the side over the following seasons. He was part of the 2007 World Cup squad that reached the Final of the competition, losing 15-6 to South Africa in Paris, In February 2008 was named as Captain by then manager, and fellow almuni, Brian Ashton.

At the end of that season, in his last game for the club, Steve lead Bath Rugby to a 24-16 win over Worcester Warriors in the European Challenge Cup Final. It was their first trophy in a decade.

Leaving on a high, Borthwick signed a four year contract with London-based side Saracens. He became Captain of Saracens as soon as he arrived, sharing the Captaincy with Andy Farrell in his first season. Injury kept him out of much of the 2009/10 schedule, but he returned to play in the Premiership Final that May, where Saracens lost to Leicester Tigers.

However, Saracens got their revenge the following year, beating Tigers in the Final to win their first Premiership crown with Captain Borthwick lifting the trophy at Twickenham.

In November 2013, Steve Borthwick announced his decision to retire from rugby at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Career Highlights:

2011 – Premiership – Champions with Saracens

2010 – Premiership – Runners up with Saracens

2009 – 6 Nations – Runners up with England

2008 – European Challenge Cup – Winner with Bath Rugby

2007 – Rugby World Cup – Runners up with England

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