Ian Gough
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Full name Ian Mervyn Gough
Born November 10, 1976, Panteg
Current age 45 years 77 days
Major teams Dragons, Leinster, London Irish, Northampton Saints, Ospreys, Wales
Position Lock
Height 6 ft 5 in
Weight 260 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1998-2010 64 52 12 5 1 0 0 0 30 30 4 50.00
Five/Six Nations 1999-2010 36 28 8 0 0 0 0 0 17 17 2 50.00
IRB Rugby World Cup 2007-2007 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 33.33

Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v Wales at Pretoria, Jun 27, 1998 match details
Last Test Wales v Fiji at Millennium Stadium, Nov 19, 2010 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2013-2014 13 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0 23.07
London Irish 2013-2014 13 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0 23.07

Ian Gough made his Wales debut in the infamous 96-11 defeat to South Africa in Pretoria in 1999. Despite this demoralising debut, Gough secured a berth in the Wales squad on a regular basis until 2002.

A dip in form and the emergence of Brent Cockbain and Robert Sidoli led to Gough's exclusion from the squad until his comeback during the 2005 Grand Slam campaign, where he featured as a replacement against Italy.

Domestically, Gough had become part of the regionalised Newport Gwent Dragons in 2003. He had previously represented Pontypridd and Newport at club level.

Gough made his presence felt during the 2006 Six Nations, when an injury to Cockbain opened up a slot in the Welsh second row. A selection of muscular displays amongst a depleted Welsh side made him an important part of the setup, and he was retained by new coach Gareth Jenkins for the 2006 autumn series.

Regularly starting alongside the young Ospreys pair of Ian Evans and Alun Wyn Jones, Gough became the senior figure in the engine room of the Welsh side. Another disappointing Six Nations for Wales followed in 2007, but Gough was selected for the 2007 World Cup in France as one of four options at lock.

An increased physicality at the breakdown began to set Gough apart from his peers during the tournament, and he began to assert himself as a genuine physical presence despite the lacklustre Welsh effort that saw them exit the tournament at the hands of Fiji.

Gough made the switch to the big spending Ospreys at the start of the 2007-8 season, cementing his position as one of the most valuable players in Wales.

Gough has flourished under new Welsh coaches Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards, upping his physicality on the deck again and becoming a dominant presence in the newly functioning Welsh lineout.

Gough played a big role in the 2008 Welsh Grand Slam, being particularly impressive in defence during the Triple Crown victory against Ireland at Croke Park. He led the Wales team out for the deciding game against France at the Millennium Stadium, winning his 50th cap as Wales secured a famous victory.

In 2009 Gough continued to hold down a place in the Six Nations squad and also toured North America with Wales. In November he was left out of the squad for their Tests against New Zealand, Samoa, Argentina and Australia but immediately recalled ahead of the 2010 Six Nations.

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Oct 27, 2013
Adam Powell of Newcastle is tackled by Ian Gough
Adam Powell of Newcastle is tackled by Ian Gough
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Ospreys' Ian Gough is tackled by Leicester's Anthony Allen
Ospreys' Ian Gough is tackled by Leicester's Anthony Allen
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Ospreys lock Ian Gough wins a lineout
Ospreys lock Ian Gough wins a lineout
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Ospreys lock Ian Gough
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