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Geoff Parling Lock for Exeter Chiefs


About Geoff Parling

Geoff Parling is a rugby union player. He plays for Exeter Chiefs as a lock.

Parling represented England at Under 16s, Under 18s, Under 19s, and Under 21 level.

He was added to the revised England Saxons squad as cover for Nick Kennedy on 25 January 2010. He played in the wins against Ireland A and Italy A. Parling was selected in the 44-man England squad to tour Australia in June 2010, and played in the first game against the Australian Barbarians, though missed out on selection for the second as a result of a neck injury.

In January 2012, Parling was called up to the England senior squad in preparation for their Six Nations campaign as an injury replacement for Louis Deacon. He earned two caps off the bench before starting at lock against Wales, in a tightly-fought loss. His good performance (particularly at the line-out) saw him retained at lock for the following wins against France and Ireland, where he put in even better performances which saw him run the offensive and defensive line-outs well. He finished the tournament as the first-choice lock, ahead of Tom Palmer.

In April 2013, he was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.


  • Born: 28 October, 1983, Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • England Lock: 29 tests

Playing Career

2003-09: Newcastle Falcons
2009-15: Leicester Tigers
2015-: Exeter Chiefs

2010: England Saxons
2012-: England
2013: British and Irish Lions

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