Gilbert supports Adam Balding – Top Rugby brand Gilbert have kindly supported 4 time premiership winner Adam Balding with a selection of training and playing equipment for the 2012/13 season. Speaking about the support Hamilton Management’s Alan Hamilton said ‘Adam is delighted to have received this generous offer of support from Gilbert, clearly a leading manufacturer and brand in the world of rugby. All the items will help him in his season ahead’.
Adam Balding is a professional Rugby Union player, a winner of 4 Aviva Premiership titles, the Amlin Challenge Cup and the Heinekin Cup. In November 2012 he joined London Welsh. He has over 200 first class games under his belt to include successful spells with Leicester Tigers, Gloucester, Worcester Warriors & Newcastle Falcons. A member of the England touring party to Argentina in 2003, he has trained with the national squad as part of their set up for many years in addition to representing England ‘A’ on 3 occasions.
Adam Balding was born in Coventry in December 1979. He went to Caludon Castle Comprehensive in Coventry gaining 4 A-Levels and 7 GCSE’s before embarking on a degree in Sports Science. But rugby was always a passion for Adam who first came to the notice of Leicester Tigers academy scouts whilst playing in his local club Broadstreet RFC. Putting his degree course on hold he entered the academy, he made his full professional debut in the first XV for Leicester aged just 18.
LEICESTER TIGERS, 4 PREMIERSHIP WINS, 2 HEINEKIN CUP WINS
Adam Balding learnt his trade through playing in his early Leicester career with some of the greatest players the game has ever produced including Martin Corry, Austin Healy, Lewis Moody and Martin Johnson. The Leicester squad was truly blessed during this period with a wealth of young and old talent. He went on to win 4 consecutive Premiership titles with the Leicester Tigers between 1999 and 2002. In addition he won 2 consecutive Heineken Cup’s in 2001 and 2002, being part of the only side to date who have managed to win the competition in consecutive seasons.
Adam Balding has had the honour to represent England at all age groups, including England 7′s in Chile & Argentina. He have also played several times for England Saxons against the likes of Ireland, Wales & Argentina to name but a few as part of the England ‘A’ Team xv. Adam was an England tourist for the full summer tour to Argentina in 2003 where he played in the mid week team and then sat on the bench for the full England 1st xv. After this he was then included in the Six Nations training squad in the 2004/2005 season. He continues to be available for England selection and hopes one day to finally represent England in the first XV.
GLOUCESTER RUGBY, PLAYER OF THE SEASON, CLUB CAPTAIN, AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP WINNER
Adam joined Gloucester Rugby at the start of the 2004/05 season, he quickly established himself and by the end of his first season he had been appointed captain and had won the club’s player of the season award.
An injury kept him out of much of the start of the 2005/06 season though he returned in November and bounced back to help Gloucester, he was a part of the squad to gain the Amlin Challenge Cup, also referred to in the rugby world as the European Challenge Cup.
In 2006/07 although Gloucester finished that year’s Premiership season in first place they ended up Runner Up losing out to Adam’s old club Leicester in the final at Twickenham. 2008 saw Adam leave the Cherry and Whites following 4 successful seasons, 2 of them as captain and having completed 2 successful loan spells with first division teams Moseley and Leeds Carnegie.
NEWCASTLE FALCONS AND WORCESTER WARRIORS
Adam signed for Newcastle Falcons in 2008 and spent 2 happy years with them until 2010. During this time he reached 2 further European Challenge Cup quarter finals at the club and captained the Falcons on 7 occasions delivering with several solid performances.
2010 saw him move to Worcester Warriors on loan where he played a major role in his first season helping them regain premiership status. Having captained the club 5 times, his second loan season at Worcester saw him pick up an injury which sadly kept him out of much of the season’s action. However wanting to keep himself involved in the game whilst on the road to recovery, he gained worked for BBC Hereford and Worcester with match day commentaries.
BACK TO NEWCASTLE FALCONS, FITTER THAN EVER, JOINS LONDON WELSH IN NOVEMBER 2012…
Adam Balding re-joined the Newcastle Falcons in February 2012 until the end of the season for his second spell at Tyneside. However after a hard fought season Newcastle’s fight to stay in the Premiership was unsuccessful and they were relegated. Although an offer was made to retain Adam he felt he needed a new club challenge and with this in mind has trained harder than ever in the build-up to the 2012/13 season and in November 2012 signed for premiership newcomers London Welsh. The story continues…
HONOURS & ACCOLADES
Served as Captain of 3 Premiership teams; Gloucester, Newcastle Falcons, Worcester Warriors.
2007 - English Premiership Runner Up (Gloucester)
2006 – Amlin European Challenge Cup winner (Gloucester)
2005 – Gloucester Player of the Premiership Season
2002 – England Tourist to Argentina
2002 – Heinekin Cup winner (Leicester)
2002 - English Premiership winner (Leicester)
2001 – Heinekin Cup winner (Leicester)
2001 - English Premiership winner (Leicester)
2000 - English Premiership winner (Leicester)
1999 – English Premiership winner (Leicester)