Joe A Ewens
Born: 16th December 1977 in Bristol
Education: Colston’s School, Bristol and University of the West of England.
Achievements: England 18 Group Captain (9 Caps)
Debut game: 25th May 1996 v Wigan (Twickenham) (replacement for Jon Sleightholme)
Competitive Debut: 3rd May 1997 v Saracens
Final game: 28th November 1997 v ACT
Number of Appearances: 14
Making his Bath Rugby debut, as a replacement in the 44-19 win over Wigan in the Union leg of the Challenge Match in May 1996 was a precociously talented young centre from Colston’s School. Joe Ewens was touted as “the next big thing” after an exceptional performance, including the memorable tackle on Inga Tuigamala, but because of the form of England centres Phil de Glanville and Jeremy Guscott, Joe was destined to play a bit part role at the Rec. This saw him start just eight matches in two seasons, in a Bath career that spanned thirteen games. In his first season with the club in 1996/1997, Joe was restricted to mainly appearances in friendly matches, starting the games against Llanelli, Coventry, Otago and the Army, before finally getting a chance in the league side in the final day defeat at the hands of Saracens. Used as a replacement in the matches with Harlequins and Border (both away) at the beginning of the 1997/1998 season, Joe made his last meaningful contribution as a right wing in the home win over Brive in the Heineken Cup. His final two appearances for Bath were in the clashes with touring sides Tonga and ACT Brumbies. He transferred to Bedford, where he shone, before gaining a move to Gloucester. Joe joined Rotherham in the summer of 2002.
Bath Rugby Appearances: 1995/1996 – 1997/1998: 8(5)
Signed From: Colstons School
Transferred To: Bedford Blues.
Also Played For: Clifton, Gloucester and Rotherham