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Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill
Full name Richard Cockerill
Date of birth (1970-12-16) 16 December 1970
Place of birth Rugby, Warwickshire
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
School Harris School
Occupation(s) Director of Rugby
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team retired
Playing career
Position Hooker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Newbold on Avon
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Coventry RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–1999 England 27 (15)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2005 – Leicester Tigers

Richard Cockerill (born 16 December 1970) is a former English rugby union footballer who played as a hooker.

Cockerill was born in Rugby. Joining Leicester Tigers, he established himself as the B of the "ABC club" alongside Graham Rowntree (A) and Darren Garforth (C). Cockerill was an unused replacement for both the 2001[1] and 2002[2] Heineken Cup finals.

He made his England debut against Argentina in 1997 and later his first match at Twickenham was as a half-time replacement for the Bath hooker Andy Long in Clive Woodward's first match in charge against the Wallabies; Long was young and clearly out of his depth. Cockerill's performance earned him a starting place against New Zealand, where he stood up to Norm Hewitt during the haka (see book cover).

A dip in form led him to lose his first choice hooking position at Leicester to Dorian West. He was also dropped from the England side after criticising Woodward in his book entitled In Your Face. He subsequently moved to France, but signed again for Leicester for the 2004–5 season.

In 2005 he was appointed forwards coach at Leicester Tigers succeeding John Wells.[3]

Cockerill served as acting head coach of Leicester Tigers in the early part of the 2007–08 season before Marcelo Loffreda arrived from Argentina in the wake of the Pumas' third-place finish in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He also took over as acting head coach in February 2009 after Heyneke Meyer resigned due to family reasons. On 17 April 2009, Cockerill was confirmed in the head coach role.[4] On 16 May he guided Leicester to win the Guinness Premiership with a 10–9 win over London Irish in the final.[5] A week later they lost in the final of the Heineken cup to Leinster by 19 points to 16 in Edinburgh.[6]


  • Richard Cockerill (with Michael Tanner as a ghost writer) In Your Face: A Rugby Odyssey ISBN 1-84018-266-0


  1. ^ "European glory seals Leicester treble".  
  2. ^ "Tigers retain European Cup".  
  3. ^ Forwards coach Cockerill won't change
  4. ^ Sherrard, Gary (17 April 2009). "Leicester Tigers confirm Richard Cockerill appointment". Leicester Tigers. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Leicester 10–9 London Irish". BBC Sport. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  6. ^ "Leicester 16–19 Leinster". BBC Sport. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 

External links

  • Sporting heroes
  • Tigers Coaches 2008–09
  • Tigers player profile
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