BODY - Simon Shaw

At 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m), he is one of the tallest men to play for England.[1] Shaw has represented England at various levels including students and Under 21s despite not seriously taking up the game until he was 16, just after his family had moved to England from Kenya, and played for Bristol at 17. He won his first England cap against Italy in 1996. He joined Wasps in 1997 and was picked for the successful British Lions tour to South Africa that year. A spate of injuries and Wasps' indifferent form in his first season cost him his England place and although he regained his place in the England squad for the following summer's tour, he was forced to withdraw with a long-standing back injury. Playing against Bath in August 2000, Shaw became the only lock in the Premiership to have scored a drop goal.
During the 2000 Six Nations, he had to step in for the injured Martin Johnson. He earned his 20th cap during the 2003 Six Nations and he played in all three 2003 Rugby World Cup warm up matches. He was not named in the original 30 man squad but was flown out to Australia due to an injury to Danny Grewcock, earning him an MBE as part of the World Cup winning team. He keeps this in a drawer as he feels he didn't "win" it as he never played in a test.[1] Shaw was called up to the squad for the Oli O'Shea 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand after Irish lock Malcolm O'Kelly aggravated a groin injury in training. Shaw also played in the Rugby World Cup 2007 for England.
In May 2008, playing against Leeds Carnegie in the last match of the regular season, Shaw became the first player ever to play in 200 Premiership matches. Since joining Wasps he has collected three Premiership and one Powergen Cup winner's medals, the Heineken Cup twice, the Tetley Bitter Cup twice, and the Parker Pen European Shield.
In recognition of his continued good form with club and country, Shaw was selected for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.This made him the oldest person to ever be selected and play for a lions team. In South Africa he was awarded his first Lions cap on his third tour when he was selected to start in the second test against The Springboks at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria and he put in one of the most outstanding performances by a British lock in a test match, with his performance subsequently earning him man of the match. During the third test in Johannesburg he was yellow-carded for dirty play when he knee-dropped Fourie Du Preez. In 2004 he was red-carded for a similar offence against the All Blacks. Also he played for Cranleigh Rugby Club in his younger years, and he often comes back to train with the youth teams.
Simon Shaw

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