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Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 9 May 1987 (28)
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 18st
Team: Leicester Tigers

Cole studied at Kibworth High School, Robert Smyth and Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College. He started playing with South Leicester RFC as a prop and later joined the Leicester Tigers Academy.

On graduating from the academy in 2006, Cole was loaned to tier-two Bedford and then to Nottingham before returning to the Tigers in 2009. On his return from loan, Cole joined the Tigers’ senior squad, helping them to Aviva Premiership victory in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Cole’s international career began at U18 level, with successful progression through the U19 and U20 teams. The 2010 Six Nations provided his first seniors opportunity – in his third match he scored the first Test try by a prop in 42 matches – and he has played in every Six Nations tournament since.

This is Cole’s second World Cup, having started all five games in New Zealand in 2011. Since then he has continued to start for England, including all games in the 2012 and 2013 RBS 6 nations.

In 2013 Cole received the call to play for the British & Irish Lions, featuring in all Tests off the bench on their tour of Australia.

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