Lawrence DALLAGLIO has won virtually every position and accolade available in the game, captaining England before handing over to Martin Johnson, he has been capped in all three positions in the back row, an automatic choice for the 1999 World Cup and the '97 Lions against the Springboks ... and he has never played in another set of club colours, arriving at Sudbury as a teenager.
Lawrence was a member of England's Sevens team winning the inaugral World Cup in 1993, then a surprise choice for the '94 England tour to South Africa, a shrewd selection by Jack Rowell. Yet the following winter he could not guarantee a place in Wasps back row. One season on and he became club captain when Rob Andrew left for Newcastle in October 1995, taking four experienced players with him. He held the club together during that troubled winter and 12 months later established his full credentials by leading Wasps to the first professional English league title.
Named Daily Telegraph readers' Player of the Year and Lloyds TSB Six Nations Player of the Year, Dallaglio had a fantastic season in 1999/2000 when he was handed back the club captaincy. Although the side's league form was disappointing, Lawrence led Wasps on an impressive Heineken Cup run and to a second successive Tetley Bitter Cup victory.
Another impeccable season in 2000/2001 closed with selection for his second Lions Tour but an injury in the last game of the season against Bath, meant he was doubtful for the trip to Australia. The Lions passed him fit but the knee gave way again in a mid-week match, cutting short his tour and forcing the Wasps captain to undergo reconstructive surgery.
Lawrence is training every day, doing upper-body work and rehabilitation exercises, both at Wasps training ground and at Twickenham where he goes through one-on-one sessions with Don Reddin, England's fitness coach. The injury means he will miss the best part of season 2001/2002.
He has represented England at every level and on his day is recognised as one of the world's best back-row players. Lawrence made his debut for England in November 1995, he has scored 10 international tries and holds 47 full caps.
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|Weight:||112kgs / 17st 9lbs|
|Height:||191cm / 6ft 3ins|
|Date of Birth:||10/08/1972|
|Place of Birth:||Shepherd's Bush|
|Representative Honours:||Barbarians, World XV, British and Irish Lions, England 7s, England U19, England U21, England A|
|Debut Match:||Harlequins 18/09/1993|
|Joined Club:||August 1990|
|Lawrence 's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Lawrence 's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 60 Drawn: 2 Lost: 23||England|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||85|