Leeds Carnegie signed Rory Clegg on a loan/dual registration agreement from Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins in December for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Harlequins will be able to request Clegg's return if circumstances require it and the clubs have also agreed certain times when he will be back with the London club's squad.
Recognising the importance of appropriate playing experience post-Christmas, it was decided by Quins that the 22-year-old England Saxons fly half needed to get regular game time to continue to develop.
Rory signed for Harlequins from Newcastle Falcons in June of 2009 and has represented England at U16, U18, U20 and Saxons level. He played an integral role in the Saxons’ successful Churchill Cup campaign of 2011 and was announced man of the match in the final. Clegg has made over 50 appearances for Harlequins.
He is a product of Barnard Castle School in County Durham and by the time he celebrated his twenty first birthday he had not only represented England at three levels but also played in 25 Guinness Premiership matches and scored 96 points, split between Harlequins and Newcastle Falcons.
Rory made his Saxons’ debut for his country’s youngest Churchill Cup squad and converted 11 of the 13 tries in the 87-8 win over the USA at Franklin’s Gardens in the opening match on June 4, 2011. He also landed all his seven kicks, five conversions and two penalty goals, despite the wind and rain against Tonga at Kingsholm eight days later.
Rory was born in a British Military Hospital in Hannover Germany and is the son of an Army veterans XV player and first played when ten at Darlington RFC. He began his representative career with England Under 16s, became the starting fly half for the unbeaten under 18 side in 2008 and played for the under 20s’ team in the 2009 and 2010 IRB Junior World Championships in Japan and Argentina.
He launched his top level club career for the Falcons when 18 as deputy for the injured Jonny Wilkinson against Sale Sharks in September 2008 and landed three penalty goals in the 14-9 defeat that impressed Falcons’ director of rugby Steve Bates.
His Harlequins’ starting debut came in the Premiership in 2009 in front of a record sell-out crowd of 14,282 at Twickenham Stoop. In the final minute, he booted over a third penalty that salvaged a 9-9 draw with London Irish.
He has already shared in overseas tours to New Zealand, with Barnard Castle, his school and with England sides to Australia, Argentina and Japan. His mentors have been Mark Mapletoft, the former under 20s’ head coach, Jonny Wilkinson and Harlequins’ player Nick Evans.
|DOB||6th Jan 1990|
|Birthplace||Hanover, W Germany|
|Height||1.83 m (6' 0")|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|