Quick and robust in defense, centre Jonathan Joseph has established himself as a key player for London Irish since his 2009 debut against Cardiff Blues in the LV=Cup. Joseph’s England’s debut came off the back of sterling form for London Irish and England underage sides, particularly the England U20’s, with whom he won the 2011 U20 Grand Slam.
Joseph made his England debut in a June 2012 test against South Africa, and only a matter of months later, scored his first England tries with a brace against the Barbarians at Twickenham. Joseph's good form has continued, earning him 12 caps for England to date and a spot in the English RWC squad.
On 14 May 2015, it was announced Joseph had won the Rugby Players' Association 'Player's Player of the Year' and 'England Player of the Year' for his outstanding performances for both club and country during the 2014/15 season.
Joseph was the top try-scorer in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship with four, fulfilling the tantalising promise that he showed earlier in his career.
He went on to start all five games in the 2016 Grand Slam campaign, together with the victorious Old Mutual Wealth Cup match against Wales in May. At six feet tall and 14 and a half stone he is not a massive figure but he has the ability to leave any opponent flat-footed from a virtual standing start.
Joseph had a successful Autumn series scoring braces in wins over Fiji and Australia, playing in all of England’s past 15 matches - starting 13 of them.
Under Eddie Jones Joseph has become even more prolific, he scored a hat-trick against Italy in 2016 as the Red Rose won the Grand Slam and he repeated that feat against Scotland this year. He is also one of very few players with a 100 percent winning record against the All Blacks.
Joseph has showed a real nose for the try-line in his international career so far and the centre will hope to continue that on his first British & Irish Lions Tour.
In May 2017, Bath announced that England centre Jonathan Joseph has agreed long-term contract extensions until at least 2019.
He has scored 16 tries in his 58 appearances for Bath, with a further nine more scores coming on the international stage.
Ahead of the 2018 Six Nations, Joseph has won 35 caps for England.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Joseph has had 40 European Cups appearances scoring 10 tries and 40 points.
Joseph, named for the 2019 Six Nations squad has had 19 previous 6 Nations appearances scoring 65 points.
(LS February 2, 2018)
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