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Austin Healey's Biography

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Austin Healey was born on 26 October 1973.

He played scrum-half, fly-half, full-back and on the wing for Leicester and England.

Austin Healey won 51 caps for England and he toured with the Lions in 1997 and 2001.

At Leicester he won two European Cups.

In spite of an amazing battle back from a knee injury incurred on April 13, 2003, Austin Healey did not make the England World Cup winning team.

Since retiring from playing rugby, Austin Healey has worked as a banker as well as a pundit and commentator on rugby for the BBC and Sky.

Austin Healey and his wife Louise have four girls including twins.

In 2008 Healey came out of retirement and played for Bishop's Stortford but injured his shoulder.

Back in 2001, Austin Healey was asked about his rivalry with Matt Dawson, who was to proceed Healey in going on Strictly Come Dancing: "I get on with Matt Dawson very well. Obviously, I made him look a little bit ordinary in the last game we played against each another but that's about quits for the way he made me look the last time we played scrum-half against one another."

Austin Healey has written an autobiography entitled Me And My Mouth.

In the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Austin Healey partnered Erin Boag. Austin and Erin consistently performed to a very high standard, including scoring the highest score ever in the Paso Doble in Strictly Come Dancing with 38 points, including three 10s.

In the first show of Strictly Come Dancing, Len Goodman had been full of praise for Austin Healey, commenting: "That was the best first dance for a man I have ever seen." However, the competition was extremely tough and Austin and Erin ended up fourth.

In February 2009, ITV announced that it had signed a deal with O2 to broadcast a new rugby show, The Big Tackle with Austin Healey, in which Healey tries to change the fortunes of five struggling rugby clubs.

In June 2009 it was announced that Austin Healey and Joe Swash would be team captains of the BBC1 game show Hole in the Wall.

In 2016, he was one of the celebrities on Channel 5's Tour de Celeb.

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