|Weight||121kg (19st 0lb)|
|Caps||Tests: 0 Saxons: 10|
There were no regrets for Graham Kitchener in choosing Worcester Warriors over Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, with whose academy he spent three years at Molineux. Graham, who won his first call for England Saxons in the 2010 Churchill Cup and is a product of Adams Grammar School in Newport, Shropshire. By early January this year, he had played 48 times for Leicester Tigers since joining the club from the Warriors two-and-a-half- seasons ago.
He scored his side’s second try in the 37-17 win over Northampton Saints in the 2013 Aviva Premiership final and had also touched down when the England midweek side beat the South African Barbarians South team 54-26 at Kimberley the previous June.
Graham, who was born in Bromley, Kent appeared for North Midlands and England at U16 and U18 levels, represented his country’s U20 side and impressed for the Warriors Academy and in the Guinness A League, having been involved with the club since he was 14 years old.
He made 72 senior games for the Warriors and added to his Saxons appearances by playing in every match in 2011 against Italy A, Ireland Wolfhounds, the USA, Tonga and Canada. Graham scored a Churchill Cup try in the third game against the USA at Northampton. That crowned his contribution to Worcester winning promotion back to the Aviva Premiership in May 2011.
His appearances for the Warriors include 23 in 2009-10, when he scored the third try of his career against the Scarlets in the LV= Cup. His others were in the previous season against Petrarca Rugby and London Irish after he initially broke through into the first team in November 2008.
He opted for the oval ball to concentrate on his school studies and reckoned that he would not have done his A level at Adams if he had still been with Wolves. Graham said: “I always knew deep down that it was going to be rugby for me because of my stature, the environment that I had at my school and my involvement with Worcester.”
5 points – 1T
2010 Churchill Cup – Ru, USA(R), C(R) 2011 It, I Churchill Cup – USA(R), T(R), C 2013 I, S
Last updated: January 22, 2014