CRACKNELL Chris < Back  
Sport Rugby Sevens, Rugby Union
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 06 Aug 1984 in Windsor, ENG
Height1.88 m
Weight 108 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He grew up playing rugby, and was first invited to play in a sevens tournament in 2002. He played five matches in one day and became hooked on the format.
Why this sport? He finds rugby sevens more enjoyable than rugby union.
Name of coach Simon Amor [national]
Coach from which country? England
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for England
Opponent Spain
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Representing and captaining England at rugby sevens. (findrugbynow.com, 06 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol British sprinters Linford Christie and Kriss Akabusi. (mensrunninguk.co.uk, 18 Jul 2011)
Injuries He tore his anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in October 2012 at the rugby sevens Gold Coast World Series tournament in Australia. He is still waiting to make his competitive comeback in the Senior England Sevens team. (telegraph.co.uk, 15 Oct 2012)
Other information SUSPENSION
He received a 500 GBP fine and a four-week suspension from the Rugby Football Union [RFU] in May 2010 after he was involved in an on-field fight with Worcester teammate James Collins. The fracas occurred following a game against Leeds a month earlier in which Worcester's relegation from the English Premiership had been confirmed. The incident initially began as an altercation in the stand between the pair's fathers, which in turn caused both players to become involved. RFU disciplinary chief Judge Jeff Blackett said, "It is important that we mark their conduct with a meaningful sanction which included suspension. Chris Cracknell will miss the London Sevens, which for an England rugby sevens player is a substantial hardship." (telegraph.co.uk, 11 May 2010)

NATIONAL FIRST
He was the first English player to sign a full-time rugby sevens contract. (findrugbynow.com, 06 Aug 2012)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked as a part-time junior rugby coach, and aspires to own a coffee shop in the future. He has also campaigned for the Breast Cancer Campaign. (LinkedIn profile, 02 Oct 2013; breastcancercampaign.org, 23 Nov 2011)