Although he started playing rugby at the age of 10 at Old Beccahamians RFC, Richard Thorpe credits his initial development as a rugby player to the coaching he received at Whitgift, the excellent south-east London rugby nursery, where he captained the school team at all age levels.
In 2002 he joined the London Irish Academy where he spent three seasons developing his skills and physique to enable him to compete at a professional level.
Consistent, high quality performances in the 'A' League confirmed his potential and he made his senior debut on October 8th 2006 against London Wasps.
Since then the dynamic 25-year-old back row forward has made 90 appearances and scored 14 tries for the club, firmly establishing himself in the Exiles squad.
Richard represented England Schools at U16 and U18 groups, England in the U19 FIRA World Championship in 2003 and England U21 in the World Championship in 2004.
He studied Business Management at St. Mary's University College, Twickenham.
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|Weight:||105kgs / 16st 7lbs|
|Height:||187cm / 6ft 2ins|
|Date of Birth:||01/11/1984|
|Place of Birth:||Beckenham, Kent|
|Former Clubs:||Leicester Tigers, London Welsh, Saracens|
|Representative Honours:||England U16, England U18, England U19, England U21|
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