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1977–78 John Player Cup

1977–78 John Player Cup
Tournament statistics
1976–77 (Previous) (Next) 1978–79

The 1977–78 John Player Cup was the seventh edition of England's premier rugby union club competition at the time. Gloucester won the competition defeating Leicester in the final.[1] The event was sponsored by John Player cigarettes and the final was held at Twickenham Stadium.[2]

Draw and Results

First Round

Team One Team Two Score
Leicester Hartlepool Rovers 9-3
Gloucester Lydney 38-6
US Portsmouth Harlequins 6-19
Liverpool Sale 18-4
Coventry Wilmslow 7-6
Bristol Falmouth 19-6
Richmond Wasps 9-9*
Walsall Northampton 8-16
Rosslyn Park High Wycombe 58-0
Morley Gosforth 3-12
Esher London Irish 10-22
Saracens London Welsh
Exeter Bath 20-6
Moseley Blackheath 38-12
Waterloo Bedford 10-4
Nottingham Wakefield

Progressed as away team*

Second Round

Team One Team Two Score
Leicester Rosslyn Park 25-16
Gloucester Gosforth 19-10
Harlequins London Irish 17-15
Liverpool London Welsh 13-9
Coventry Exeter 34-0
Bristol Moseley 14-0
Wasps Waterloo 10-9
Northampton Wakefield 21-4

Quarter Finals

Team One Team Two Score
Harlequins Liverpool 18-6
Coventry Bristol 16-13
Gloucester Wasps 13-3
Leicester Northampton 20-11

Semi Finals

Team One Team Two Score
Leicester Coventry 25-16
Gloucester Harlequins 12-6


15 April 1978
Gloucester 6-3 Leicester
Try: Richard Mogg Try
Con: Peter Butler
Pen: Dusty Hare
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Roger Quittenton (London)
15 Peter Butler
14 Bob Clewes
13 Brian Vine
12 Richard Jardine
11 Richard Mogg
10 Christopher Williams
9 Paul Howell
8 Vivian Woodley
7 John Simonett
6 John Watkins (c)
5 John Fidler
4 Stephen Boyle
3 Mike Burton
2 Stephen Mills
1 Gordon Sargent
16 Ron Etheridge
17 Dave Pointon
18 Peter Kingston
19 Mike Curran
20 Fred Reed
21 Eddie Pinkney
O Dusty Hare
N John Duggan
M Paul Dodge
L Brian Hall (c)
K Bob Barker
J Bleddyn Jones
I Steve Kenney
G Dave Forfar
H Garry Adey
F Steve Johnson
E Arthur Hazelrigg
D Nick Joyce
C Steve Redfern
B Peter Wheeler
A Ray Needham
P Robin Money
Q Bill Reichwald
R Tim Walley
S Angus Collington
T John White
U Dosser Smith
Chalkie White


  1. ^ Jenkins, Vivian (1979). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook. Brickfield Publications Ltd. ISBN 0354-09087-9.
  2. ^ "Times Archives". Oxfordshire Libraries.