Fraser Waters is by far one of the top centres within the Premiership and is unlucky not to have more England caps. His classy streamline breaks, mixed with his devastating tackles and toughness have made him one of the most respected players in the Premiership.
Wasps supporters will look back on his centre pairing with Stuart Abbot in years to come as probably one of the best in the history of the club, and they were certainly a major ingredient in Wasps double winning recipe of 2003/04.
Fraser grew up in Cape Town and stayed in South Africa till he was 11, when he then moved to England - his parents came to England on their honeymoon and decided it was the place to live.
He started playing rugby aged six and remembers his first coach, a woman, whom he describes as "shouted a lot." Fraser made his England A debut back in 1999 having represented England Schools, Colts, U21's and Students. He suffered from a serious groin injury which could have ended his career when he left Bristol in 1998 but Nigel Melville (then at Wasps) offered him an opportunity to return to the game.
On the end of season tour to North America in 2001 won his first cap against the US Eagles in San Francisco in June. Disappointed not to be selected for England's Rugby World Cup squad, he concentrated on producing top performances for London Wasps, and was a member of the England Churchill Cup winning squad in 2003 and also earned selection for the 2004 summer tour.
However, Fraser missed all of 2004/05 with an ankle injury, and made only a handful of appearances in 2005/06, again hampered by injury.
2006/07 saw Fraser return to great form however, reaffirming his position on the domestic stage back fully fit and in dazzling form he reinstated his position as one of the clubs regulars and played a crucial role in Wasps victorious Heineken Cup campaign ' picking up the Man of the Match Award in non other the Heineken Cup Final in front of over 81,000 people at Twickenham.
His achievements last season picked up due recognition in the international arena with a place in the initial England Rugby World Cup training squad. Although he missed out on final selection his efforts for Wasps have remained at the highest level in 2007/08, appearing in all of Wasps games this season so far and forming a strong new centre partnership with Wasps new signing Riki Flutey.
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|Weight:||90kgs / 14st 2lbs|
|Height:||185cm / 6ft 1ins|
|Date of Birth:||31/03/1976|
|Place of Birth:||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Former Clubs:||Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby, Montpellier Herault RC, Benetton Rugby Treviso|
|Representative Honours:||Barbarians, England Schools, England A, England XV|
|Debut Match:||Sedgley Park 09/01/1999|
|Heroes:||Eddie the Eagle, Daley Thompson|
|Describe Yourself:||Ambitious, dedicated, hard working|
|Fraser's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Fraser's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 1 Drawn: - Lost: 2||England|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||-|