Chris Ashton, an English rugby union player who represented England in both the Rugby League and Rugby Union. He formerly played for the Wigan Warriors in Rugby League’s Super League competition and is now playing for Saracens in Aviva Premiership obtaining the tag of a dual-code international rugby player.
Ashton progressed through Wigan’s scholarship programme and represented Wigan U18s in 2003. His senior debut was against Huddersfield in the last match of the 2005 season where he scored two of his team’s seven tries. He debuted in the Super League against Hull in June 2005 after his impressive 27 tries in 23 games in the academy. He appeared 52 times for the Warriors and scored a total of 30 tries in all.
Chris Ashton bagged a call for the U-18 England squad at the end of 2006 and made his debut against France on 22 October 2006 in the Federation Shield tournament. He scored three tries in four games and helped England in winning the competition. He decided to play in the Rugby Union and signed for the Northampton Saints. Debuting against against London Welsh in National Division One Ashton scored his first try for the club with his first touch of the ball. In 2008 he scored 39 tries (and one conversion) from 25 appearances and broke the National Division One try scorer record.
Ashton’s exploits in the Rugby Union was rewarded as he received a call to the senior England squad for the 2010 Six Nations Championship and made his senior debut also against France. He was also a part of the team that represented England in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, finishing the joint leading try-scorers with six tries.
Chris Ashton moved to Saracens in 2012-13 from Northampton Saints. He debut for them against London Irish scoring two times in a 40-3 win. Ashton’s key attributes speed and support play are the main reason behind his prolific try scoring record.