Dan Cole is an English rugby union player who plays at prop for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership, for England internationally, and has been capped 3 times for the British and Irish Lions. Cole is known for his scrummaging ability. His former coach at Leicester, Richard Cockerill, described him as one of the finest tighthead props in world rugby.
Cole's first team début came in the October 2007 EDF Energy Cup pool match against Bath. Most of the 2007–08 season was spent on loan to Bedford Blues and it was the beginning of the 2008–09 season before Cole played for the first team again. Cole was involved in most of the games in the first half of the season. In January 2009, Cole was loaned to Nottingham R.F.C. Cole played in the final of the 2008–09 Guinness Premiership. Through injury to Leicester tight-heads Julian White and Martin Castrogiovanni, Cole achieved a run of games during the 2009–10 season which saw him gain notoriety as man-of-the-match against London Wasps. In February 2010, Cole signed a new contract. The Tigers went on to win the 2009-10 Guinness Premiership final 33–27 against Saracens, where Cole came on as a replacement for Castrogiovanni. Cole has gone on to make 175 first-team appearances, culminating in an Outstanding Service Award at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Cole was selected in January 2009 to make his debut for the England Saxons, against Portugal. He was promoted to the Senior Squad for the 2010 Six Nations Championship as injury cover for Tigers squad mate Julian White and made his senior England debut as a replacement for Dave Wilson in England's 30–17 win over Wales on 6 February 2010. He played in all subsequent games in the 2010 Six Nations, even scoring his first international try in what was also his first home start against Ireland, and began to cement his place as England's first-choice tighthead.