Nick Kennedy joined London Irish in 2001 at the age of 20 after graduating from Portsmouth University, having studied Sports Science.
He learned his rugby at Claires Court School in Maidenhead, where his height and speed saw him play on the wing. His rugby career was initially put on hold upon starting university as he pursued his other sporting interests, football and basketball.
Eventually he was persuaded to return to the rugby field by his student housemates and after finding his calling in the second row, he began the meteoric rise from Portsmouth 3rd XV to signing a professional contract with London Irish in the space of just 12 months.
He made his debut against Newcastle Falcons in November 2002 and quickly endeared himself to the Exiles fans who reveled in his remarkable athletic ability at set pieces and in the loose.
He quickly proved his class and progressed to the professional squad, being named the club's Young Player of the Season in 2002/03.
He has made 161 appearances and scored four tries for the Exiles, helping the club reach the 2009 Guinness Premiership Final, although he was unable to take his place in the starting XV due to an injured knee.
Nick was a member of the 2007 England Saxons squad for the Barclays Churchill Cup, playing against the USA in the opening game, and playing in both the Saxons' Six Nations victories over Ireland A and Italy A in 2008. He toured New Zealand with the senior squad that summer but failed to win a cap.
Nick finally celebrated his England debut with a try against the Pacific Islanders at Twickenham in November 2008 and went on to feature in all five of England RBS 6 Nations games in 2009.
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|Weight:||116kgs / 18st 4lbs|
|Height:||203cm / 6ft 8ins|
|Date of Birth:||19/08/1981|
|Former Clubs:||, Harlequins, RC Toulonnais, Harlequins A|
|Representative Honours:||, England A, England Saxons|
|Heroes:||Alex Kennedy; Rhys Luke|
|Club Honours:||Young Player of the Season 2002/2003|
|Currently on your iPOD:||Bon Jovi; David Gray|
|Favourite Holiday Destination:||Miami|
|Favourite Match:||Away v Northampton Saints 2003-04|
|Nick's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Nick's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 4 Drawn: - Lost: 3||England|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||5|