|CLUB Sale Sharks |
Stuart Turner, a Test newcomer against Wales last March, has been in and around the England Saxons squad for several seasons, was a member of the triumphant England party at the 2005 Churchill Cup in North America and reappeared in the tournament last summer. He had spent a Premiership season with Rotherham, now Earth Titans, figuring 15 times in 2000-01 before switching to Sale Sharks and making his debut against Bristol.
Stuart went on to become a member of the Sharks’ side that overpowered Leicester Tigers 45-20 in the 2006 Premiership final at Twickenham. He had also helped the Sharks to beat Pontypridd 25-22 in the European Challenge Cup final in 2002 and Pau 27-3 in the corresponding final, also at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, three years later.
His rugby career began with Waterloo Under-11s and he became a regular choice for the senior side until his early 20s when he joined Orrell for two and-a-half seasons and then went to Worcester for several months. He eventually headed to the Sharks via Rotherham. He can play in any front row position, has represented Lancashire and the North of England and was initially an off the bench replacement for Robbie Morris, then of Northampton Saints, when England met France in the A match at Perpignan in March 2004. >br>
He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics from Liverpool University. While a student, he appeared for English Universities and was a member of the England Students’ squad.
Did you know?
Stuart puts his degree to good use by working one day a week whenever he can for the family business. His father, Bob, is a microbiologist and along with his mother, Jean, runs their Abtek company that manufactures laboratory diagnostic kits for medicines and foods and for whom Stuart will work when his playing days are over. Bob has been a huge supporter of Stuart’s career on the pitch.
Jason Leonard is the man he has admired the most by becoming England’s most capped player in such a physical and abrasive position. Stuart adds that his next opponent is always the one that he respects the most. To relax, he likes to go diving and has already scoured the seabed off Egypt, the Maldives and the Caribbean. He enjoys walking and taking care of his dog Apollo, a Rhodesian ridgeback.