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Les Cusworth

  • Date of Birth3 Jul 1954
  • BirthplaceNormanton, Yorkshire
  • Appearances365

A favourite of a generation of Leicester Tigers fans, mercurial fly-half Les Cusworth played in five cup finals and made 365 appearances for the club.

His 947 points in a Tigers shirt included 66 tries and a remarkable 96 drop goals, including a world record of 25 in the 1974/75 season. But it was more the manner of his play than the pure facts and figures that made Cusworth such a hit with supporters.

Just 12 caps over a nine-year international career do not do justice to Cusworth’s skills or his entertaining style.

He played alongside club colleagues Peter Wheeler and Clive Woodward in the first Barbarians team to win the Hong Kong Sevens in 1981 and was player of the tournament in 1984 when his attacking skills were seen at their best.  

Cusworth steered Tigers in three winning Cup Finals, won the inaugural league title in 1988 and later coached with England, including the 1995 Grand Slam season.