Geoff Parling

Geoff Parling

Geoff Parling is a rugby union player who plays for Exeter Chiefs as a lock.

After attending Newcastle University, he began his club career at Newcastle Falcons. Geoff became a first team regular in the 2005–06 season, winning the players’ player of the year award. Geoff captained Newcastle on several occasions during the 2006–07 season. He was the runner-up for the Gatorade Performance of the Guinness Premiership Season 2008–09.

He signed a contract to play for Leicester Tigers for the 2009/10 season. His debut for Leicester Tigers came against the club he had just left, and his first start for the club was in the Heineken Cup clash with Benetton Rugby Treviso. He also played in the Friendly match against South Africa, which the Tigers won 22–17.

Geoff represented England at Under 16s, Under 18s, Under 19s, and Under 21 level.

In January 2012, Geoff was called up to the England senior squad in preparation for their Six Nations campaign as an injury replacement for Louis Deacon. He earned two caps off the bench before starting at lock against Wales, in a tightly-fought loss. His good performance (particularly at the line-out) saw him retained at lock for the following wins against France and Ireland, where he put in even better performances which saw him run the offensive and defensive line-outs well. He finished the tournament as the first-choice lock, ahead of Tom Palmer.

In January 2015, it was announced Geoff had signed for Exeter Chiefs on a two-year deal.