Duncan Bell

Duncan Bell
Duncan Bell
Full name Duncan Stuart Crampton Bell
Date of birth October 1, 1974 (1974-10-01) (age 37)
Place of birth King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 125 kg (19 st 10 lb) [1]
Nickname Ding Dong
School Colston's Collegiate School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Youth clubs
NEC Harlequins
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996 ‐ 97
1997 ‐ 01
2001 ‐ 03
2003 ‐
Ebbw Vale
Sale Sharks


National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005 –
England A



Duncan Stuart Crampton Bell (born October 1, 1974 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk) is an English rugby union player currently playing for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership at the position of prop. Educated at Colston's Collegiate School, Bristol, he is an England international with five caps.

Born in Norfolk, Bell was raised in the South Gloucestershire village of Hawkesbury Upton.[2] He attended Colston's Collegiate School with Chris Taylor the Gloucestershire cricketer with whom he shares a great friendship. Bell first played rugby for Bath Minis[2] and later for Bristol U17's and colts whilst attending Colstons Collegiate school.


Club career

Bell had joined NEC Harlequins, but was unable to win a professional contract.[2] Bell then spent a season with Ebbw Vale, prior to a four year spell with Sale.[3]

He made the move to Pontypridd in 2001.[4] During his time at the Club, Bell won the 2002 Principality Cup[5] and was a finalist in the 2002 Parker Pen Shield.[6]

In 2003, Bell moved to Bath.[7] Bell played in the final of the 2007-08 European Challenge Cup, as Bath defeated the Worcester Warriors.[8]

International career

Bell was first called up to the England squad in 1998 on the so-called "Tour of Hell".[9] Bell was named on the bench to face Australia,[10] but did not take the field.[11]

Bell was selected for England A in a fixture against France A in 2004, which he snubbed in favour of representing Wales in the future.[12] Due to regulations, Bell was not allowed to join the Welsh summer tour of Argentina,[13] later that year the IRB confirmed he could not represent Wales.[14]

In 2005, Bell played for England A against France A.[15] He was subsequently called up for the senior squad to compete in the 2005 Six Nations,[16] making his England debut against Italy.[17] Bell played in the following fixture against Scotland.[18] Bell was also a member of the 2006 summer tour of Australia.[19]

Due to injuries, Bell was selected for the 2009 Autumn Internationals.[20] Bell featured in all three games, against Australia,[21] Argentina[22] and New Zealand.[23]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Bath Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. http://www.premiershiprugby.com/premiership/rugby/bath_rugby.php?section=1. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Hewett, Chris (2004-01-03). "Bell's grounding in Valleys earns view from peak at Bath". London: The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/bells-grounding-in-valleys-earns-view-from-peak-at-bath-573138.html. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Bell sounds out revenge bid". BBC. 2002-05-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/european/2000518.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Pontypridd back youth". BBC. 2001-08-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/1487334.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Llanelli 17–20 Pontypridd". BBC. 2002-05-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/celtic/1989498.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  6. ^ Moore, Jonathon (2002-05-26). "Sale claim Shield glory". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/european/2009425.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  7. ^ "Bath make double signing". BBC. 2003-05-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/3017725.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  8. ^ "Bath secure Challenge Cup glory". BBC. 2008-05-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7408294.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  9. ^ "Dawson captain for England tour". BBC. 1998-05-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/rugby_union/91548.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  10. ^ "Woodward turns to rookies". BBC. 1998-05-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/rugby_union/101343.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Australia 76 England 0". BBC. 1998-06-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/rugby_union/107860.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  12. ^ "Bell snubs England". BBC. 2004-03-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/3528885.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  13. ^ "No Puma tour for Bell". BBC. 2004-04-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/3637271.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  14. ^ "Bell has Wales ambition quashed". BBC. 2004-12-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/4061909.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  15. ^ "Bell Delighted With 'a' Team Performance". Bath Rugby official site. 2005-02-14. http://www.bathrugby.com/news/3938.php. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  16. ^ "Bell says England Call up a welcome bonus". RFU. 2005-02-21. http://www.rfu.com/News/2005/February/News%20Articles/BellSaysEnglandCallUpAWelcomeBonus?a=1&y=2005. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  17. ^ "England 39–7 Italy". BBC. 2005-03-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/4335463.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  18. ^ "England 43–22 Scotland". BBC. 2005-03-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/4358129.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  19. ^ "England recall for veteran Catt". BBC. 2006-05-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/4770099.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  20. ^ "Injury-hit England make changes". BBC. 2009-10-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/8324266.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  21. ^ Standley, James (2009-11-07). "England 9–18 Australia". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/8345354.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  22. ^ Harlow, Phil (2009-11-14). "England 16–9 Argentina". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/8357548.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  23. ^ Standley, James (2009-11-21). "England 6–19 New Zealand". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/8369358.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 

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