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Joe Launchbury 2012/2013

Joe Launchbury

Born in Exeter, Joe Launchbury started playing rugby at Exmouth and began his professional career at Wasps in 2009/10.

Joe joined Wasps on the advice of former Wasps player Will Green who had spotted the teenager playing for Worthing RFC at National 2 level. Joe had already shown his promise as a young rugby player and had been part of the Harlequins youth set-up and England U18 AER squad but it wasn't until his arrival at Wasps that his real talent began to shine through.

An 80-minute appearance on his Aviva Premiership debut against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road in February 2011 led to six more matches before the end of that season earning Joe a call up to the England U20s. Joe played in the final game of the Six Nations Grand Slam winning campaign and played a vital role at the Junior World Cup, helping England to the final and later being named the England Players Player of the Tournament.

Joe put in an impressive first full season at Wasps last year, the result of which saw him called up to Stuart Lancaster's England senior squad for the summer tour to South Africa. He made his debut in an uncapped game for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham and cruelly he was forced to return home from South Africa before even the first training session after a knee injury ended his summer.

Follow Joe on Twitter @joe_launch

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Recent news stories on Joe Launchbury:
Date Type Headline
16.04.2014 Club News Sport Relief activity in the build-up to The Stinger
11.04.2014 Match Report Leicester Tigers deny Wasps a losing bonus point
11.04.2014 Club News London Wasps team to play Leicester Tigers
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28.03.2014 Club News Team to play Saracens
20.03.2014 Community Community Fever for London Wasps Community Team
20.03.2014 Club News London Wasps team to face Worcester
17.03.2014 Club News London Wasps at the Sport Relief Games
11.03.2014 Club News Launchbury fully focused on Rome
30.01.2014 Club News Launchbury to start 6 Nations opener
22.01.2014 Club News Joe Launchbury looks ahead to The Stinger
17.01.2014 Club News London Wasps team to play Viadana
14.01.2014 Club News Six sign on for more in black and gold
11.01.2014 Match Report Powerful win in Bayonne earns Quarter Final qualification
10.01.2014 Club News London Wasps team to play Bayonne
09.01.2014 Club News Two Wasps named in England’s RBS 6 Nations Squad
05.01.2014 Club News Post Match Reaction: Dai Young
03.01.2014 Club News London Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs
02.01.2014 Club News Your Guide to: London Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
27.12.2013 Club News Goode happy with gritty win for his 200th
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27.12.2013 Club News Post Match Reaction: Dai Young
26.12.2013 Club News London Wasps team to play Newcastle Falcons
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