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2012 Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton, was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester on 29th March 1987. He comes from a sporting background, his father, Kevin Ashton, was a rugby union footballer who played for Wigan R.U.F.C., and his grandfather was also a successful Rugby footballer.

Chris came through Wigan's scholarship programme and played in Wigan Warriors Youth Development U18s in 2003. In 2004, he was selected for the Academy Origin Series and the 2004 victorious England Academy U-18s tour to Australia.

In June 2005, he made his Super League debut against Hull in June 2005, at the age of 18, after impressing the academy by scoring 27 tries in 23 games.

In 2006, Chris was brought into the Wigan squad as replacement for the injured Kris Radlinski. He showed skill and talent and impressed many Wigan fans and people within rugby league. He finished 2006 as Wigan's leading try scorer. This earned him a call into the England squad at the end of the year. Chris was one of the most consistent players for Wigan during a disappointing Super League XI season and was a contender for the Young Player of the Year award. Chris finished 2006 with 15 tries from 29 appearances making him the leading try scorer for Wigan in 2006.

At the beginning of 2007, Chris was given the number 1 shirt despite the arrival of former Bradford Northern full back Michael Withers. Previously the number 1 shirt was worn by Kris Radlinski and had been for 12 years and many people believed that Chris had the talent to be a good replacement for Radlinski. Chris made a mixed start to the 2007 season, being criticised for his poor defence under high kicks error-strewn play during the pre-season friendlies and the 28-32 loss to Bradford Bulls in round 3; in which he was also sin binned for a professional foul.

On March 19, 2007 it was announced that Chris had signed to play rugby union for Northampton Saints. Wigan granted Chris an early release from his contract, freeing him to complete his cross-code move.

Chris made his debut for Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens on 1st September 1 2007 as a late substitute for Will Harries against London Welsh in National Division One. He scored his first try for the club, with his first touch of the ball, in the same game which Saints won 44-11.

Despite a relatively disappointing 2008–2009 season, with many appearances in the Wanderers and struggling to make it into the first team as a regular . In the 2009–2010 season Chris was in great form that brought 15 tries in 16 games in all competitions including Heineken Cup efforts against Munster and Perpignan. His try-scoring exploits brought him to the attention of the national selectors and England manager Martin Johnson rewarded him by calling him up to the senior squad for the 2010 Six Nations.

On 20th March 2010, Chris made his England début against France in Paris. He wore 11 and played left wing, the opposite side to his usual position with Northampton. He gave the scoring pass to fellow Saints player, fullback Ben Foden, who was also making his first Six Nations start.

Chris was included on the summer tour to Australia, and played in both Test matches. Although England lost the first Test, they won the second 20-21. Chris scored his first international try in this match. On 13 November 2010, England downed Australia impressively at Twickenham. Chris was the hero of the match with two tries in the 35-18 victory, the second being an outstanding 95m effort.

Name Height Weight Position Birth PlaceBirth Date
Chris Ashton 182 cm 92 Kg Wing Wigan1987-03-29
Date Opponent Result Min Pts Tries Conv. Penalty Gls Drop Gls
04-02-2012 Scotland Win
13 - 6
80 0 0 0 0 0
11-02-2012 Italy Win
19 - 15
80 0 0 0 0 0

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