Chris Ashton

Christopher John Ashton (born 29 March 1987)[3] is an English rugby union and former rugby league player, and one of the few players who have represented England in both rugby codes. A wing or fullback, he joined Leicester Tigers of Premiership Rugby in February 2022.

Chris Ashton
Birth nameChristopher John Ashton
Date of birth (1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 35)
Place of birthWigan, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb)
Occupation(s)Rugby union player
Rugby league career
Position(s) Wing, Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2007 Wigan Warriors[1] 52 (120)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2007 England[2] 4 (12)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Fullback
Current team Leicester Tigers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2012 Northampton 110 (467)
2012–2017 Saracens 105 (230)
2017–2018 Toulon 30 (130)
2018–2020 Sale Sharks 32 (85)
2020–2021 Harlequins 7 (10)
2021 Worcester Warriors 4 (5)
2022– Leicester Tigers 10 (35)
2007– Total 298 (962)
Correct as of 22 May 2022
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2019 England 44 (100)
Correct as of 8 February 2019

He first played as a fullback or wing for Wigan Warriors in rugby league's Super League competition, and won four caps for England in 2006 and 2007.

In 2007 he signed for Northampton Saints in rugby union's Premiership, before moving to Saracens in 2012, Toulon in 2017, Sale in 2018 and Harlequins in 2020. He made his debut for England in March 2010 and played regularly until 2014, including in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, where he finished as the tournament's joint leading try-scorer. After a break of four years, he was recalled to the England squad in November 2018. He won 40 caps for England. In April 2022 he became the record try scorer in Premiership Rugby after scoring a hat trick against Bristol to take him to 95 tries.


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