Mike joined London Irish in July 2004 from Bath where he played 220 games over a twelve year period during which he scored 64 tries. He has been capped 65 times by England and played a key role in the country's Rugby World Cup winning squad in Australia in 2003. He was awarded an MBE in November 2003 for his part in that success. He also played for the British and Irish Lions in 2001.
Widely regarded as one of the best strategists in the game, Mike has the ability, whether playing at fly half or inside centre, to influence the outcome of a game quickly and dramatically. Mike has started 47 games for London Irish and scored four tries.
Mike was named Guinness Premiershiop Player of the Season 2005/2006.
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|Weight:||91kgs / 14st 5lbs|
|Height:||181cm / 5ft 11ins|
|Date of Birth:||17/09/1971|
|Place of Birth:||Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa|
|Former Clubs:||, Bath Rugby, South & South West, Eastern Province Kings|
|Representative Honours:||Barbarians, Emerging England, England A, England U21, Barbarians, British and Irish Lions|
|Hobbies:||Golf; Kite Surfing|
|Club Honours:||Player of the Season 05/06|
|Favourite Food:||Bangers and Mash|
|Favourite Film:||Shawshank Redemption|
|Best subject at school:||Woodwork|
|Favourite Match:||World Cup Final 2003|
|Mike's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Mike's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 50 Drawn: 1 Lost: 24||England|
|Drop Goals||3||International Points||142|