Missing only one of England’s 41 Tests that preceded the 2013 summer tour of South America reflects the impact that Dan Cole has made since his debut in the victory over Wales at Twickenham in February 2010.
A greater triumph followed later that year in the 21-20 victory over Australia in Sydney when he completed a formidable performance despite suffering a cut and badly swollen left eye.
Dan returned Down Under three years later with the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour party and played off the bench in all three Tests, sharing in the 23-21 victory at Brisbane and the series-clinching triumph at Sydney.
He also figured in five matches for the 2017 Lions in New Zealand but did not appear in a Test match.
Dan made his first Test start for England against Italy in 2010 before celebrating his third cap against Ireland by becoming the first England prop to score a Test try in 42 matches since Phil Vickery in 2006.
In 2014, he was out of action of action for nine months after suffering a neck injury during the Six Nations and he missed England’s summer tour to New Zealand and the subsequent autumn internationals.
Dan returned for the opening Six Nations match in 2015 and shared in the 21-16 win over Wales in Cardiff.
A year on, he celebrated his 60th cap in a repeat victory in the fixture at Twickenham and a week later rumbled his way over the France line for his second try in the Grand Slam clincher in Paris.
He spotted a gap in the Wallaby defence to score his third at Sydney in June 2016 to put England ahead after 11 minutes. His fourth, against Italy in February 2017, came from a driving maul.
He reached the 50-cap landmark in the 55-35 win over France in March 2015 and is England’s second most capped prop behind Jason Leonard (114), having overtaken Vickery’s total of 73 when playing against Ireland in March 2017.
Dan played in all five of England’s games in the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations as the defending champions finished in fifth position, coming off the bench in the defeat to eventual Grand Slam winners Ireland in the final match at Twickenham.
A former pupil at Kibworth High School, Robert Smyth and Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, Dan was originally a flanker with South Leicester RFC.
His Leicester Tigers debut, his only appearance in 2007-08, was in the 20-14 defeat by Bath Rugby in the EDF Energy Cup at the Recreation Ground having spent the last two years on loan at Bedford Blues.
He spent a productive spell on loan to Bedford from 2006-08 and made 27 starts for the Blues.
He has since enhanced his reputation at tight-head prop and acknowledges the assistance of former England players Dusty Hare, Neil Back, Richard Cockerill, Graham Rowntree and Nigel Redman.
His success began with his part in England U18 winning the Association European Rugby (AER) festival in Lille and he played in every game in the U19 Six Nations and IRB World Championship in 2006.
The following year, the Leicester-born prop was a member of the England U20 squad in the Six Nations and began all four England Saxons games in 2009, including three in the Barclays Churchill Cup.
20 points - 4T
2010 W(R), It, I, S, F, A(1,2), NZ, A, Sam(R), SA 2011 W, It, F, S, I, W, I World Cup - Arg, G, R, S, F 2012 S, It, W, F, I, SA (1,2,3), Fj, A, SA, NZ 2013 S, I, F, It, W, A, Arg(R), NZ 2014 F, S 2015 W, It, I, S, F, F, I World Cup – Fj, W, A, U 2016 S, It, I, F, W, A(1,2,3), SA, Fj, Arg, A 2017 F, W, It, S, I, Arg, A, Sam 2018 It, W, S, F, I(R)
Lions 2013: A (1R, 2R, 3R)
Last updated: 19 March 2018