- POSITION Back Row
- DOB 15/09/1991
- WEIGHT 103Kg 16st 3lbs
- HEIGHT 6ft 0in
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The flanker who joined Wasps from London Scottish for the 2018/19 season, has in recent seasons built a reputation as one of the Championship’s best openside flankers.
Atkinson’s senior rugby career began at Loughborough University where he played a key role in their promotion from National Two to National One and also enjoyed success in the BUSA competition.
A fine 2012/13 season, in which he was the Students’ leading try scorer in English rugby’s third tier, brought Atkinson to the attention of Championship outfit Cornish Pirates.
Atkinson, who has been capped by England at age group and students levels, subsequently spent three seasons in Penzance prior to joining London Scottish for the 2016/17 campaign.
His try-scoring form continued during his spell with the Exiles, where he claimed 11 touchdowns from 50 appearances and was named as players’ player-of-the-season at the end of his final season at the Richmond Athletic Ground.