Height: 1.78 m (5? 10?)
Weight: 121 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Date of Birth: 4th June 1982
Dan Hipkiss is a popular choice to start in England’s midfield for the World Cup this year, having completed a fine season at Leicester Tigers. Together with Alesana Tuilagi, Hipkiss was part of the most effective centre partnership in the country.
His scything running has opened up many Premiership defences this year, but Hipkiss is also renowned for his ferocious tackling. It is this combination of skills that make him a suitable candidate for the international side. Other contenders for the position do not seem to have this balance – Tait has great elusive speed but can be a liability in defence, whilst players like Tindall and Farrell only seem to know one way forwards in attack.
Hipkiss is no stranger to the England setup, having represented his country at U16, U17, U18 and U21 levels, as well as playing regularly for England Sevens team. If he is given a chance to impress in the World Cup warm up matches, there is every chance that he will be named in the final 30-man squad. The Rugby Blog would rather see him in there than old Mike Catt.
Hipkiss scored 15 tries for Leicester last season and was named Guinness Premiership Player of the Month for April.
Watch the video below from Sky Sports featuring Tuilagi and Hipkiss as Leicester’s danger men.