Full name Daniel Darko Luger
Born January 11, 1975, Chiswick
Current age 40 years 131 days
Major teams Harlequins, Saracens, England
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 207 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1999-2003||9||7||2||30||6||0||0||0||7||2||0||77.77|
|Test debut||England v Netherlands at Huddersfield, Nov 14, 1998 match details|
|Last Test||England v Wales at Brisbane, Nov 9, 2003 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Luger was a prolific and intelligent winger who scored 24 tries in 38 Test appearances for England during a five-year international career.
Born in Chiswick, London to a Croatian father and Czech mother, Luger was part of the Six Nations Grand Slam winning squad in 2003 and also shared in England's Rugby World Cup triumph later the same year. He also toured Australia with the British & Irish Lions in 2001 and tasted success on the 7s circuit - winning the Hong Kongs 7s with England in 2006 - and the French domestic stage - claiming the ProD2 crown with Toulon in 2008.
His club career included stints with Orrell, Richmond and Saracens but he spent most of his professional career playing for Harlequins, the club he had supported as a child. He made his debut for England in 1998 and is probably best known for the last minute winning try he scored against Australia at Twickenham in 2001. He also hit the headlines as England's infamous '16th man' during their 2003 Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa.
Luger was on the pitch for 39 seconds before the transgression was spotted by referee Jonathan Kaplan. The mistake lead to a dispute over whether England should be fined, or perhaps even docked points as a penalty. England were eventually fined £10,000 and fitness coach Dave Reddin was banned from the touchline for two games.
Following the 2003 Rugby World Cup he signed for Perpignan and later moved to Toulon where, playing alongside greats such as George Gregan and Tana Umaga, he helped the big-spending club win the ProD2 title. His rugby travels then took him to Nice where he currently doubles as a player and board member as the club bids to rise through the ranks of French rugby.