Having joined Wasps as something of a journey man player, prop Tim Payne has gone on a steady upward spiral since his debut against Leeds for the club in 2003.
First establishing himself as a regular fixture in the 1XV, Tim went on to feature in both the 2004 and 2005 Zurich Premiership Final teams and the 2004 Heineken Cup winning side, and also earned his first England Cap against Australia on 26th June 2004.
In 2005/06 Tim became Wasps senior prop, following the departure of Will Green and retirement of Craig Dowd, and he credits Dowd, now Wasps forwards coach, for being one of the greatest influence in his career.
He continued to reap the benefits of his tutelage under the former All Blacks star in the summer of 2005 with a call up to the England squad for their tour of Australia, and two more caps duly came his way down under.
With Wasps pack making a big impression at the start of the 2006/07 season, Tim was in the heart of that action, and Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan noted on several occasions the huge strides that his loose head has made to win further recognition. Racking up 26 appearances throughout the season Tim established his position as leader on the domestic field and also received a call up to England, named in Brian Ashton's 32 man squad for the Six Nations competition.
Unfortunately for the 28 year old prop injury caused his season to be cut short, damaging his ACL in April of 2007. The injury left Tim out of action for the remainder of the season meaning he was therefore unable to compete in the final stages of Wasps Heineken Cup campaign - although he did still join his fellow team mates on the podium to pick up his winners medal, rewarding all of his efforts in the tournament prior to his injury. Timing of his injury also ruled Tim out of contention for England's World Cup campaign, however his performances against France and Wales in the 2007 Six Nations clearly stayed in the minds of England's selectors having secured his place in the 2008 England Six Nations squad.
As well as his rugby talents and silverware, Tim can also boast academic honours holding a BSC in Land Management which he achieved at the Royal Agricultural College. Had he not made it as a professional rugby player he thinks that a career in the army would have been for him. Away from the pitch Payner as he is known by his friends enjoys socialising, fishing and most outdoor sports.
His aims for 2007/08, now back to full fitness and asserting his power on the pitch, are to ensure Wasps pick up honours in the Premiership and to continue his achievements with England.
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|Weight:||117kgs / 18st 6lbs|
|Height:||185cm / 6ft 1ins|
|Date of Birth:||29/04/1979|
|Place of Birth:||England|
|Former Clubs:||Bristol Rugby, Coventry, Wasps, Cardiff|
|Representative Honours:||, England A, England Students, England U21, British and Irish Lions|
|Debut Match:||Stade Francais Paris 24/08/2003|
|Describe Yourself:||Hard working|
|Ups:||Getting my England cap|
|Tim 's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Tim 's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 7 Drawn: 1 Lost: 14||England|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||-|