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Miles Benjamin

Key Facts

SquadLeicester Tigers
PositionWing
Age26
Height1.83m (6'0")
Weight103kg (16st 3lb)
Caps0 Test appearances

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As flying machines go, Miles Benjamin is up there among the best as his Churchill Cup try hat trick against the USA at Northampton in early June this year illustrated. He terrorised defences in the Championship in 2010-11, scored 26 tries in his 30 appearances and celebrated his 100th game and 51st try for Worcester Warriors against Cornish Pirates when they clinched promotion to the Premiership in May.

Even twice fracturing a fibula in his left leg has not deflected him from ascending rugby’s honours board. He first suffered the injury in the Middlesex Sevens in August 2006 and suffered an unlucky repetition at Bourgoin in the European Challenge Cup in early December 2008.

Miles returned two months later, built on a highly promising career and even scored a try against Bourgoin when returning to the Stade Pierre Rajon for the semi final the following May.

A product of the thriving Warriors’ Academy, he enjoyed a blissful debut season in 2007-08, became top try-scorer with 15 tries in 27 matches and was fourth in the Guinness Premiership charts with nine. A former England Under 20 player, he scored two tries in the 18-13 win over Australia at Newport that took the side in the semi finals of the Junior World Championship in June 2008. He opened the scoring in the first half and then pounced two minutes from full time with a superb opportunist effort to clinch victory.

Solihull-born Miles had plundered a try on his first Worcester start against London Irish in the EDF Energy Cup in December 2007 and added a maiden Guinness Premiership try against Newcastle Falcons.

At the end of that season, he was the joint winner of the Warriors’ Young Player of the Year award. His Saxons’ debut was in the 17-13 win over Ireland Wolfhounds at Bath in January last year and he has now scored 13 tries in 49 Premiership appearances and is impressing on the big stage.

Last updated: September 5, 2012

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