Ian Balshaw Signed British Lions Worn Rugby Training Top.
A rare signed player worn British Lions rugby training top signed by Ian Balshaw.The Lions Tour itinary is shown below along with Ian's British Lions and rugby record to date.A Coa will be supplied with the item veryfying that the item is genuine.
Date Home Score Away Venue
Fri 8 Jun Western Australia 10 - 116 British & Irish Lions WACA
Tue 12 Jun Queensland Pres XV 6 - 83 British & Irish Lions Dairy Farmers Stadium
Sat 16 Jun Queensland Reds 8 - 42 British & Irish Lions Ballymore
Tue 19 Jun Australia A 28 - 25 British & Irish Lions North Power Stadium
Sat 23 Jun NSW Waratahs 24 - 41 British & Irish Lions Sydney Football Stadium
Tue 26 Jun NSW Country Districts 3 - 46 British & Irish Lions Coffs Harbour Int Stadium
Sat 30 Jun Australia 13 - 29 British & Irish Lions The Gabba
Tue 3 Jul ACT Brumbies 28 - 30 British & Irish Lions Bruce Stadium
Sat 7 Jul Australia 35 - 14 British & Irish Lions Melbourne Colonial Stadium
Sat 14 Jul Australia 29 - 23 British & Irish Lions Stadium Australia
NSW Country Districts
Total Played. 8 Games.(4 sub) 2 Tries. 10 Points
He was born 18 April 1979 and was educated at the Jesuit Stonyhurst College, at junior level he played for Preston Grasshoppers before joining Bath as a teenager in 1997. He made his senior debut in 1998, scoring 13 tries in his first season.
He burst on to the international scene in 2000, when he was heralded as one of England's most exciting young talents. He was picked on the replacements' bench for every game that year. He won his first cap at the inaugural Six Nations Championship match against Ireland, coming on as a substitute.
In the 2001 Six Nations he finally made the starting line-up for England at full back and stunned the Welsh in the opening game at the Millennium Stadium; England winning 44-15. He toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in June 2001, but suffered from a lack of form and did not start in the Test matches.
In 2002/2003 season he was back to his best. He was a member of the England squad for the tour of New Zealand and Australia, before joining the party for Churchill Cup matches in North America. He scored 2 tries in a 'non-cap' international against Japan in Tokyo in June 2002, having recovered from shoulder surgery that restricted him to 9 games in the previous eleven months for Bath. Unfortunately problems with injury meant that his subsequent international appearances were few, but Clive Woodward retained faith in his ability and selected him to tour in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup.
He played in the warm-up match against France in Marseille and impressed in England's World Cup game against Samoa when he caught a diagonal kick from Jonny Wilkinson to score a crucial try in the 70th minute. He was one of 19 England players who took the field during the 2003 World Cup final win over Australia in Sydney coming on as a replacement in extra time.
With his move to Leeds in July 2004, his game flourished. He made his debut off the bench in Leed's first home win of the season against Worcester Warriors. His first start came away against Grenoble in the European Challenge Cup and he has featured in the starting line up for Leed'S subsequent games. After a run of 5 impressive starts Iain was rewarded with the captaincy for the Powergen Cup semi-final game against London Irish, and this performance saw him recalled to the England squad.
In the 2005 Lions tour of New Zealand he was selected ahead of Kevin Morgan and Mark Cueto, but later ruled out with a torn thigh muscle.He was selected for England in both Tests in Australia in June 2006. He played well although was criticised by the media for chipping out of his own 22.He was chosen in the first two Autumn Internationals in 2006. He played against New Zealand and then Argentina where he scored an individual try. However, he then pulled out of the 1st Test against South Africa injured.In the 2008 season he was England's first choice Fullback. When Martin Johnson was appointed as manager, he was omitted from both the Elite and Saxon selections. He won 35 caps for England and scored 65 points before retiring from international duty at the end of the 2008 season.
Following Leeds' relegation from the Guinness Premiership, in April 2006, he joined Gloucester Rugby, getting injured, though not seriously, in his debut against old club Bath.He then moved to Biarritz in 2009, as part of a large exodus of English players to the French Top 14.
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