Eniola Gesinde - Lock

Eniola Gesinde

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Eniola Gesinde - Lock

Season 2007/08

Date of Birth: 25/11/82
Nationality: British
Birthplace: Lagos
Height: 6' 4" (1.93m)
Weight: 15st 8lbs (99kg)
Position: Lock/6/8
Previous Clubs: Newcastle Falcons
Honours: England Sevens

Season's Stats

Season Starts Rep Tries Cons Pens Drop Pt
2007/08 2 2 1 0 0 0 5

Nigerian born, Eniola joined us on loan from Newcastle Falcons in July, 2007.

A lock forward whose versatility allows him to play blindside flanker and No. 8, he dominates in loose play and uses height and guile to succeed at the back of the line-out.

Arriving on our shores as a young child, 'Eni' was introduced to rugby at Moorlands Preparatory School, Leeds, playing first as a winger aged 9.

At 13 he moved into the pack when educated at Woodhouse Grove School, playing later for Yorkshire Schools at U16 and U18 levels.

Of other sports played, football was a favourite - as a right winger. A keen follower of Arsenal, he was expected to trial at Stockport County, and was also a gifted cross-country athlete, at one stage running for Manchester Harriers. Back to the education front, a move to further his education was rewarded when he gained a degree in Geography at Northumbria Polytechnic.

Eniola has captained the Falcons development team on a number of occasions, and made his 1st. team debut in a 44-20 defeat of Saracens in September, 2006. He has also been a member of the extended England Sevens squad, who has starred at the Middlesex Sevens and led Newcastle to victory in prestigious 'Borders' tournaments held at Melrose, Langholm and Hawick.

Highlights in his rugby career include scoring a match-winning try for Woodhouse Grove against a school in Pretoria, South Africa, and also playing in the Falcons team that beat Llanelli 25-9 in last season's EDF Energy Cup competition.

Eniola has been a coach with the Falcons Community department, and is very popular, him known as much for his playing ability as his willingness to talk to fans. The call 'Eniola on your shoulder' also follows him,such is his ability to lend close support and poach a few tries!