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Stuart Abbott

Stuart Abbott

Stuart grew up in the beautiful Cape Province of South Africa. He attended Western Province Prep School in Cape Town. Not many people know this but Fraser Waters was also born in South Africa and was two years ahead of him in the same Prep school, Stuart confesses that Fraser used to bully him. Stuart then went to Diocesan College, which is commonly known as Bishops'. Springbok centre Robbie Fleck, and Selborne Boome went to the same school. After school he went to study a BA in Economics at Stellenbosch University and in his U21 year played for the Northern Free State Griffons in the local Currie Cup. He was later drafted into the Western Province 1st team, and went on to play in the South African U23 team. In 1999 during the World Cup, former Springbok fly half Joel Stransky was at the Leicester Tigers and he recommended Stuart to the Tigers and he got a two-month contact with them. In 2001 he got selected for the Stormers in the Super 12 and in November of that year got an offer to come to London Wasps. Stuart literally flew in for the weekend, liked it and as they say the rest is history. At 87kg he is not the biggest-built centre around, but don't let that fool you. His tackling is superb, and his general vision of the game, has made him a world-class player. Stuart joined The Men in Black in November 2001 and over the last year has established himself as one of the Zurich Premiership's top centres. Stuart's talent went noticed by Clive Woodward and he was selected for England earning his first cap against Wales in August 2003. After another fine performance against France two weeks later, the South African was selected for the 2003 England Rugby World Cup squad.

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