- Name:Phil Vickery
- Date of Birth:March 14, 1976
- Place of Birth:Barnstaple, England
- Club:London Wasps
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Phil Vickery has proved himself England's premier tighthead prop over the past decade and he is a player with buckets of experience.
The 33-year-old made his international debut against Wales in 1998, just 34 matches into his first-class rugby career and a mere 81 days after his bow at England 'A' level.
He played in the 1999 World Cup and then went on to tour with the British & Irish Lions down in Australia in 2001.
Despite the 2-1 series defeat, in which he played all three Tests, he went on to become a rock at the heart of England's 2003 World Cup winning team.
A succession of injury problems followed but, after being deemed surplus to requirements at Gloucester, he went on to win the Heineken Cup with Wasps in his first season at the club and the Guinness Premiership the following year.
England coach Brian Ashton turned to the proud Cornishman to lead from the front as national team captain in 2007 and he led his unfancied team to wins against Australia and France en route to an unlikely final appearance.
Vickery, also known as 'The Raging Bull', will be relied upon as much for his leadership qualities as his fight against the famed South African forwards this summer.