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Clive Woodward

  • Date of Birth6 Jan 1956
  • BirthplaceEly, Cambridgeshire
  • Appearances148

Clive Woodward made 148 appearances as a player for Leicester Tigers between 1979 and 1985, including three John Player Cup Finals, before reaching global headlines as England head coach in the World Cup-winning campaign of 2003.

Woodward scored 43 tries as an elusive and inventive centre at Tigers and gained the first of his 21 England caps in the Grand Slam season of 1980.

He also represented the British & Irish Lions in 1980 and 1983.

Woodward’s coaching career took him from Henley, London Irish and Bath to head coach of England in 1997 and a visionary and thorough approach saw his squad win Home Nations Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2003, and the ultimate honour as Rugby World Cup winners in 2003 when Martin Johnson lifted the trophy in Australia.

Knighted in the 2004 New Year Honour’s List, Sir Clive was head coach of the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand a year later before leaving rugby to become Performance Director and then Director of Football at Southampton FC. In September 2006 he was appointed Director of Elite Performance for the British Olympic Association.