Lock and flanker who debuted internationally for England's national rugby union team in 2009 and joined the Northampton Saints in 2007.
He played amateur rugby for the Northampton Old Scouts.
He played for England's under-20 national rugby union team before getting called up to the senior club.
He grew up in Hackney, London, England.
He became teammates with fullback and scrum-half Ben Foden on the Northampton Saints.