- Andy Gomarsall
Infobox Rugby biography
name = Andy Gomarsall
birthname = Andrew Charles Thomas Gomarsall MBE
nickname = Gomars
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1974|7|24
height = 5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
weight = 14 st 2 lb (90 kg)
ru_position = Scrum-half|capital=yes
ru_clubyears = xxxx-1993
Bicester RFC London Wasps
Gloucester Rugby Worcester Warriors
ru_clubupdate = 20:26, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
ru_nationalteam = England
ru_nationalyears = 1996-
ru_nationalcaps = 35
ru_nationalpoints = (37)
ru_ntupdate = 20:26, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
other = yes
children = Olivia & Indianna Gomarsall (twin daughters)
school = Audley House Prep School
He previously played for Gloucester Rugby, Bedford and Wasps. Until May 2006 he was contracted to Worcester Warriors for three seasons from 2005, but was released after one year of a three year contract — an action which is still subject to potential legal action by Gomarsall.
Gomarsall sprang to prominence when he led the 1992 England Schools U18 team to their first Grand Slam in 11 years. The following season, he joined London Wasps and made his full England debut in 1996 against Italy. In 1997 he played in three Five Nations games and came on twice as a replacement on tour in Argentina.
On the club scene, he was a member of
London Wasps’ 1999 Powergen Cupwinning side, then transferred to Bedford, where he was captain, before being persuaded to join Gloucester Rugby. He was a Gloucester Rugby favourite, and took part in his second Powergen Cuptriumph in 2003.
In 2002 Gomarsall re-ignited his England rugby career after a period of 27 months in the international wilderness, when he played in the 26-18 win over Argentina in
Buenos Airesin June. He sealed his place as one of the three scrum halves for the World Cup with a strong performance in England's 43-9 defeat of Wales at the Millennium Stadium, during the World Cup warm up matches. He scored two tries in the 111-13 win over Uruguay in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Brisbane.
Emerging enhanced from his World Cup performances, Gomarsall was selected as England vice captain for the non-cap game against the
New Zealand Barbariansin December 2003. Gomarsall started all three of England’s 2004 Autumn internationals at Twickenham and was vice captain in the England XV against the Barbarians in May as well as the Churchill Cuptour.
However, injury led to his replacement at both Gloucester Rugby and England, and so to prolong his career he signed a three year deal with
Worcester Warriorsin June 2005 [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/4402085.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Worcester seal Gomarsall signing ] ] . However, his injury worries returned to plague him, and he was released along with nine other players by Worcester in May 2006, two months short of the end of the season. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/5128908.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Warriors terminate Gomarsall deal ] ]
25 September, 2006Gomarsall signed a one year "pay-as-you-play" deal with Harlequins: ""It was shocking what happened to me and I wouldn't want that to happen to anyone else. I love rugby so much and have really missed it. I'm very grateful to Quins for giving me this opportunity." [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/harlequins/5377936.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | My Club | Harlequins | Gomarsall delight at Quins chance ] ] .
Gomarsall performed well for Harlequins [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/6246411.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Gomarsall targets England recall ] ] and was selected for the England squad [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/6943101.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Tindall & Hodgson miss World Cup ] ] for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. It was his kick down the touchline [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/7041317.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | England 14-9 France ] ] that enabled
Josh Lewseyto score 5 points — the eventual winning margin for England that sent them into the final against South Africa on 20th October 2007.
In 2008, Gomarsall started the first two Six Nations games before being dropped for the third against France [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7253910.stm BBC Sport Andy Gomarsall column] 20th February 2008] .
* [http://www.quins.co.uk/playerdisplay.ink?skip=9&season=2006/2007&playertype=P Harlequins profile]
* [http://www.england-rugby.com/englandrugby/index.cfm?fuseaction=News.News_Detail&storyid=4172 England Profile]
* [http://www.wasps.co.uk/PlayerDisplaySS.ink?skip=7&squadno=7053&season=98/99&seasonl=1998/1999&Playertype=P Wasps profile]
* [http://statistics.scrum.com/rugby_stats_05.asp?ID=EGO6 Profile at scrum.com]
* [http://www.sporting-heroes.net/rugby-heroes/displayhero.asp?HeroID=1856 Andy Gomarsall photo by sportingheroes.net]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7220855.stm Andy Gomarsall column]
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