FORMER BRITISH & IRISH LION, ENGLAND, & PEMIERSHIP RUGBY PLAYER
Born in Nairobi and having spent much of his childhood in Spain, Simon represented Bristol RFC before joining London Wasps in 1997. Over the next 14 seasons Simon won every honour available in the English game as the club enjoyed a sustained period of success, including four Premiership titles and two Heineken Cups. In May 2008, Simon became the first player ever to play in 200 Premiership matches, and on his departure from the club in 2011 Simon had made 339 appearances.
Simon made his England debut against Italy in 1996 and has represented his country on 71 occasions in total, including at three World Cups. In 2003 Simon was called up to the squad following an injury to Danny Grewcock, earning an MBE as part of the World Cup winning team. In 2007 Simon was an integral member of the England team, playing the full 80 minutes in the losing final to South Africa, and in 2011 Simon featured in three matches for England at the tournament in New Zealand. Simon toured with the British & Irish Lions in 1997 and 2005, though he didn’t win his first Lions cap until the second Test of the 2009 tour to South Africa.
On his return from the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, London Wasps agreed to release Simon and he completed his move to Toulon on an initial deal to the end of the 2011/2012 season. Simon retired in 2014 and now spends his time between the UK and France.
Simon works with Sport Endorse in conjunction with Simon Dent Mgt.