Any idea which rugby player has a reputation of being passionate about penguins and has been nicknamed Dingo? This rugby player went to school in Ealing and he celebrates his birthday on 5th July; which means he is born under the star sign Cancer. As a boy, this rugby player grew up on rugby, as both of his parents were rugby fanatics and has worn some different rugby kits and has given his time voluntarily at London Zoo. The answer is Joe Simpson.
Currently Joe is on the Rugby World Cup training squad of 45 players. In the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup one of the best birthday gifts (5th July) that Joe could get is to make it through from the 45 men down to the final 30 for the England Rugby’s World Cup Team.
He was on the England squad against Australian Barbarians, but was not capped and remained on the bench for the match. Let’s see if he is chosen for the Rugby World Cup and if he is if he can do us proud!
A professional rugby player, Joe plays the scrum half position for both the London Wasps and the England Saxons national rugby union team. Born in Australia, the son of two big rugby fans; which is not altogether surprising, as his mother hails from New Zealand and his father is English. His parents also have a younger son called Michael.
During this school going years, Joe attended the St. Benedict School, located in the London Borough of Ealing. There Simpson played for his school as both a cricket player and a rugby player. Right throughout the three different levels of schooling, Joe won the Victor Ludorum; an award for athletics on three different occasions.
Away from school, Simpson was a cricket player at Ealing Cricket Club and a rugby player with the Richmond Rugby Club Team, where he played with Dominic Waldouck.
As well as rugby and cricket, Joe hung out with some interesting characters, playing golf in the summertime. These characters are Joe’s friends but they have funny names like Nathan “knockout” Nye!
Apart from his friends, other important influences in his life are those who have coached him at Wasps and Richmond and of course his parents. These people have been inspirational to him.
In the animal world, penguins are what do it for Joe! He frequently comments on his fondness of penguins, and he has worked for free because of this at the London Zoo.
During his rugby career, he was wearing the rugby kits of the London Wasps from summertime 2006 as a full timer at the Academy, but in the following couple of years was out on loan to Blackheath Rugby Club.
Internationally, during the 2007 to 2008 season Simpson won a position on the England Sevens Side, appearing in the World Seven Series, and was named to the England Under 20’s team.
He finished the season with a nomination for the Young Player of the Year Award, from the IRB.
During the season of 2008/9, he was promoted to the Wasps first team, initially for a substitution and gaining a more frequent position on the starting fifteen in the second half of the season. In 2009 Joe signed a contract with London Wasps, which he extended by three years in December of 2010. For the Guinness award “Try of the Season” he was in fourth place.
By June 2009, Joe was in the England Saxons squad playing and being declared as the man of the match, in the Churchill Cup in Colorado. May of 2010 saw Simpson as one of the nine players called to the English team, who were all uncapped at that time. In Joe’s case, just nine minutes before the end of a Barbarians England match, he was substituted for David Strettle. However as luck would have it he injured his left hamstring and had to be pulled out of the tour.
Sydney born Simpson was named on the 2011 Six Nations England team. He has not had a lot of luck when it comes to injuries however he hasn’t lost what makes him a potentially dangerous opponent-let’s see how 2011 onwards go for Joe and if he’ll appear in the Rugby World Cup sporting his national rugby kit or not!