Age - 26

Weight - 118KG

Height - 6ft 6

Club - London Wasps

Position - Second Row

England Caps - 45

Launchbury made 19 appearances during the 2012 campaign and was widely recognised for his performances, winning the November Player of the Month award and 2012–13 Premiership Young Player of the Season. He was also nominated for the Rugby Players' Association Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, missing out on both occasions to Wasps and England teammate Christian Wade, and was among 15 players long listed for ERC European Player of the Year.

Ahead of the 2016/17 Aviva premiership campaign Launchbury was named captain of Wasps.

Joe was outstanding in the 2016 Six Nations as proved when he achieved man of the match performances in consecutive matches against Italy and Wales. Joe was unlucky to miss out on a place in a Lions squad which was more than deserved after a year of solid performances and a strong season domestically seeing Wasps top the Premiership.

London Wasps

-Academy Player of the Year: 2010–11

-Young Player of the Year: 2010–11

-Premiership Player of the Month: November 2012

-Premiership Young Player of the Season: 2012–13


-Six Nations Under 20s Championship: 2011 Grand Slam winners

2011 (runners-up)

-IRB Junior World Championship: 2011 England Player of the Tournament

-Autumn internationals: 2012 England Man of the Series

-England Player of the Year: 2012–13


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