Joe Launchbury rugby player
Joe Launchbury rugby player

Joe Launchbury

12th Apr 1991 1.98m/115kg No 4 Lock

The second row joined Wasps Academy in the 2009 season, made his Premiership debut against Leicester Tigers two years later. His performances for Worthing prompted Wasps to seal his signature.

Joe had previously represented England at U18 and U20 level. Indeed, Joe was named, by his peers, England player of the tournament in the IRB Junior World Championships of 2011 and man of the match as England’s U20 Six Nations clinching victory over Ireland in 2011. Launchbury made his England debut in a November 2012 test against Fiji.

Launchbury's performances during the World Cup warm up games earned the second row a spot in Lancaster's side for the RWC 2015. He was part of the England squad for the 2016 summer tour to Australia coming off the bench in all 3 tests.

After impressive performances and visible leadership skills at Wasps, he was named their captain for 2016/17 season. Due to the injured of Maro Itoje and George Kruis, Launchbury, the Wasps captain, who was as highly regarded as Itoje when he first came on the scene in 2012, was a ready-made fit in the second row against South Africa at Twickenham.

England’s main target at the lineout, and proved a safe go-to, Launchbury put in a dominant performance to gift England their first win over South Africa for 11 years. Launchbury started 2 of England's Autumn tests, scoring a brace of tries against Fiji to add to the 2 he scored in successive tests against Argentina and All Blacks in 2013.

Launchbury had an outstanding 6 Nations campaign for England in the 2017 tournament, as he played a major role in retaining the Championship, leading to a Player of the Tournament nomination. Launchbury was rather controversially left out of the 2017 Lions squad to tour New Zealand.

After 117 appearances for Wasps, Launchbury signed a new undisclosed contract with the club. The second row joined Wasps Academy in the 2009 season, made his Premiership debut against Leicester Tigers two years later.

Launchbury's impressive form has earned him yet another call up to the England test squad where he will add to his 47 Test caps during the 2018 6 Nations.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Launchbury has had 37 European Cups appearances scoring 5 tries and 25 points.

JW Feb 18
ML 10/10/18

Career

ws Wasps
No 4 Lock
2010 - present
CHRugby logo Christs Hospital Christ's Hospital
No 4 Lock
Horsham rfc logo Horsham RFC
No 4 Lock
Worthing RFC logo Worthing RFC
No 4 Lock
england England
No 4 Lock
2012 - 2018