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Joe Launchbury 2013/2014

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 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 in February 2011 alongside six more matches earned 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 (2011/12), 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 but was forced to return home before the first training session after a knee injury ended his summer.

Last season was a huge breakthrough season for the 22 year old. He made 19 appearances for the Club, scored a try against Mogliano and won Man of the Match against Worcester Warriors at the beginning of the season.

His early form in the beginning of the season earned him an England call-up for the Autumn Internationals and later the Six Nations of which he started all five fixtures and received rave reviews. Joe rounded off last season by picking up the Aviva Premiership 'Best Young Player' award and was selected for England duty during the summer.

Follow Joe on Twitter @joe_launch

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