|DOB||14th Mar 1976|
|Height||1.88 m (6' 2")|
|Weight||116 kg (18 st 3 lb)|
|Honours||England / Lions|
Educated at Budehaven Community School, he signed for London Wasps in the summer of 2006 after 11 years at Gloucester where he had been captain.
Phil made his England debut aged 21 against Wales in 1998 as a replacement and went on England’s summer Tour to South Africa before appearing in the 1999 RWC. A regular in the England Team in 2000 and 2001, when he also played for the British & Irish Lions in all three tests against Australia.
He missed the whole of the 2003 RBS 6 Nations due to an injury that required surgery but shared in England’s triumphs over New Zealand and Australia that summer ahead of the RWC.
He was a cornerstone of England’s triumph in Sydney in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He missed the 2004 tour to Australia and New Zealand and the 2005 Lions tour after failing to recover from another back injury. He recovered from a third operation to make a triumphant return off the bench after a year’s absence at test level at Twickenham in November 2006.
He was appointed as Martin Corry’s successor in January 2007. Vickery sat out the 2007 tour to South Africa after Head Coach Brian Ashton decided not to select players involved in the European competitions and he contributed to London Wasps’ Heineken Cup triumph.
He returned to lead England at Twickenham in August 2007 and lead the team into their World Cup opener against the USA in Lens. He captained England in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, leading the team in four matches including the final against South Africa, and was subsequently made skipper for the 2008 RBS 6 Nations.