Simon Shaw

simon shaw

Simon Shaw MBE: England & British Lions

Simon Dalton Shaw MBE born in Nairobi, Kenya is one of the tallest men to have stepped on the Rugby field for England. Simon currently plays at lock for Toulon, and has previously played his rugby at Bristol and London Wasps, where he was a main contributor to the London Wasps Golden Era.

His Club career started at the age of 17 at Bristol, and it was here that he was first recognised on the international stage, winning his first cap against Italy in 1996. In 1997 he joined London Wasps, the same year that he went on the famous British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa. Simon was heavily involved in Wasps successful Tetley’s Bitter Cup victories in 1999 and 2000, this was also a significant year for the Simon as he became the first and only lock to score a drop goal in a Premiership fixture.

2002-2003 season was the beginning of Simon’s greatest years for silverware, as Wasps won the Zurich Premiership Final against Gloucester and they also won European silverware in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup, against Bath. He was also part of the England Squad, who earn their first Grand Slam in ….. years.

The following year didn’t disappoint either for Club, as they regained the Premiership Title, and also won the Heineken Cup for the first time. In 2004-2005 Wasps again won the Premiership, for an impressive third year in a row. The form Simon showed in the run in to the final, gained him a late call up to the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand to replace Malcolm O’Kelly. In 2005-2006 Wasps couldn’t be stopped in the Powergen Cup, which extended their trophy winning run to four years.

In 2006-2007 Wasps defeated Leicester Tigers at a packed out Twickenham, to lift the Heineken Cup once again. In this season, on the 23rd February Simon became the most experienced player in Premiership History, notching up a staggering 12,827 minutes.

In 2007-2008, Simon played an integral part in England reaching the RWC Final, and played every minute in the penultimate game. On the last regular season game of the 2008 campaign Simon became the first player ever to play in 200 Premiership matches. This invaluable experience helped Wasps win the Premiership Title once again, against Leicester.

In 2009, Simon was selected to go on his third British and Irish Lions Tour, and this time he would win his first Lions Cap, in the second test at Loftus Versfeld. In this game, Simon’s performance was heralded as one of the most outstanding by a lock for the British and Irish Lions, and to no surprise, he won the Man of the Match award. If Simon’s performances on the field weren’t great enough, it should be remembered that he is the oldest player to ever be selected to play for a Lions Team.

Simon’s commitment to London Wasps continued through two rocky years at Adam’s Park, but Simon was rewarded by being selected in England’s 30 man squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, this tournament would see Simon play his 71st and final cap for England, placing him in 7th most capped English Rugby forwards of all time. At the close of the tournament, Simon decided to move on from London Wasps and go to Toulon, where he has been a regular feature in the Top14.

Simon’s desire is to play one more game with the British and Irish Lions, but this time against them for the Barbarians in 2013 at a sensational 39 years young.


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