Player Profile: Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery

Position: Prop
Height: 1.91 m (6? 3?)
Weight: 121 kg (19 st 0 lb)
Date of Birth: 14th March 1976
Birthplace: Barnstaple
Honours: England (52 caps) British Isles (3 caps)

A favourite of The Rugby Blog, The Raging Bull is the current England captain and one of few survivors from the 2003 World Cup-winning team – indeed he played in all 7 games in the tournament. 

Originally from Cornwall, Vickery spent ten years at Gloucester before moving to Wasps in the summer of 2006, where he became a 1st team regular and crowd favourite after overcoming a back injury. 

He made his England Test debut against Wales in 1998, and now has 52 caps to his name as well as the captain’s armband. Vickery also played in all three Tests on the Lions tour to Australia in 2001. 

The ferocious prop will be a cornerstone in England’s scrum at this year’s World Cup.  His leadership and tenacity around the park will be crucial if the team is to make a respectable defence of the Web Ellis Trophy.  Have a look at the video below of Vickery smashing Olivier Magne in the Six Nations.