- Chris Pennell
Chris Pennell Full name Christopher Pennell Date of birth April 26, 1987 Place of birth Worcester, England Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)  School Old Swinford Hospital Rugby union career Playing career Position Fullback, Wing, Centre Professional / senior clubs Years Club / team Caps (points) 2007–present Worcester 47 (57) correct as of 05 Jan 2008. National team(s) Years Club / team Caps (points) England Under 19 correct as of 17 Jan 2008.
The son of former England cricketer Graham Dilley, after his parents' marriage broke down, his mother remarried a British Army soldier, and Chris took his surname. The family moved to Portadown, Northern Ireland, where he was educated at Millington Primary School, and was a member of the victorious Gilpin cup side in 1999. Returning to England, he was educated at Old Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge where he played a key part in their successful campaign to the semi finals of the Daily Mail Cup. Although head boy, he turned down the chance to captain the cricket first XI because of his A levels.
Having been offered a professional contract at Worcester Warriors, he delayed his offer of a university place, making his Guinness Premiership debut against Bath Rugby in 2007/08, and representing England at Under 19 level. He became a key performer for the club during the 2008/09 campaign, until he suffered a serious knee injury in Europe. He returned to full fitness, and grabbed tries against Connacht Rugby and Olympus Rugby XV Madrid in Europe during the 2009/10 season, making 16 appearances during the campaign and scoring five tries.
After signing a new two-year deal in February 2010, he became club captain for the 2010/2011 RFU Championship campaign.
- ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Worcester Warriors". web page. Premier Rugby. http://www.premiershiprugby.com/clubs/worcester_warriors.php?section=1. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- ^ a b http://www.rfu.com/pdfs/U19MediaGuide_2006wc.pdf
- ^ Brendan Gallagher. "Chris Pennell chooses oval ball". Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/brendangallagher/2329047/Chris-Pennell-chooses-oval-ball.html. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
- ^ Mark Souster (December 27, 2008). "Chris Pennell making name for himself". The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/rugby_union/article5400405.ece. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
- Worcester Warriors Profile at Warriors.co.uk
- Guinness Premiership Profile at GuinnessPremiership.com
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