An England world-cup winning rugby player, who was part of the only Southern Hemisphere side to have ever won the tournament, Dan Luger was a top-class winger with an impressive points total at domestic and international level.
A journeyman career in rugby saw Luger enjoy two spells with Harlequins, as well as time with Saracens and French sides, Perpignan, Toulon, RK Nada and Nice, who he also coached until his retirement in 2010.
But it was for his time with England, that Luger is best-known. Despite much of his career being plagued by injury, he scored 120 points in 38 caps for his country, including 24 tries.
Prior to 2003, Luger scored a number of memorable tries, including a last-minute, match-winning try against Australia in 2000 and a famous hat-trick of tries in a match against Western Australia on the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour.
Though injuries again troubled him, he was in fine form ahead of the 2003 Rugby World Cup scoring important tries in both the Grand Slam triumph in the 2003 Six Nations tournament, and the warm-up games to create a real buzz going into the competition.
Two massive victories over Ireland and Wales respectively put him on the plane where he played a pivotal role in England’s run to victory. Luger famously came on as the 16th man in England’s crunch match with Samoa, but England were not docked points for the oversight.
They proceeded through the tournament to win against Australia in the final, thanks to a last minute drop-kick from fly-half Jonny Wilkinson. Luger, like his teammates cemented their place in the history books, and he was awarded an MBE for his role in the World Cup-winning team.
A prolific player who knew his way to the posts, Luger won international plaudits throughout his career. Today, he is able to expertly discuss the ins and outs of the game of rugby and has regularly been called upon to do just that at after dinner events and sporting occasions, where he is commonly asked to recount his experiences at that fantastic chapter in English rugby union history.
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