Nick Easter, originally born Nicholas James Easter, was born on 15th August, 1978, in Surrey, England. He is a professional rugby player who plays for the England national team and also for the Harlequin club. His brother, Mark Easter, is also a rugby player who plays for the Northampton Saints. He hails from a family where sports have always been a priority. Aside from his brother, his father, John, was a professional squash player and reached the numero uno ranking in Britain and was ranked no. 9 in the world rankings. His grandfather was a player for the Springbok, or the South African union rugby team.
Nick plays as a no. 8 or a flanker. A flanker is a specific position on the rugby field, and they play in the forward ranks. They are classified as either blindside or openside flankers. They are numbered 6 and 7 respectively. The major function of a flanker is to retain possession during various phases of play, but the set of responsibilities is considerably less than that of other forwards. The no. 8 position is one assigned to the back of the flankers. It is the only position that doesn’t have a name and is referred to simply as “Eightman”. The purpose of the eightman is to provide extra weight for the push. Sometimes, they also pick up the ball from the scrum and flick it to the flankers.
Nick Easter spent some time working in London before he moved to Rosslyn Park F.C. and subsequently to Orrell. His stints at these two clubs weren’t very long. After Orrell, he moved to Harlequins, where he has remained since. His club history is pretty spectacular. He won the player of the year award on consecutive occasions for the Harlequins in 2004/05 and 2005/06. This got him noticed enough to get him a call for the England training squad for the 2007 World Cup. He has a number of personal records. He became the first no. 8 player to have scored four tries in a match for England, in a warm-up match against Wales which England won by a record margin of 62-5. In the 2008 Six Nations tournament, he was named the Man of the Match in the match against France, which England won 24-13.
His substantial frame has earned him a few nicknames such as “The Dominator” and “The General”. He attended Dulwich College, followed by Nottingham Trent University. As a youngster, he played for the youth club Old Alleynian.