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Hugh Vyvyan

Hugh Vyvyan
Birth nameHugh Donnithorne Vyvyan
Date of birth (1976-09-08) 8 September 1976 (age 43)
Place of birthGuildford, Surrey, England
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb)[1]
SchoolDownside School
UniversityNewcastle University
Notable relative(s)Charlie Vyvyan
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, Number 8
Current team Saracens
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Newcastle Falcons

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003 -
England A



Hugh Donnithorne Vyvyan (born 8 September 1976 in Guildford) is a rugby union player who plays at lock for Saracens and England. He stands at 6'6" and weighs around 18 stone.

The former England fullback Jon Callard heavily influenced Vyvyan's early career while at Downside School, moving him from fly-half to number 8. Brother Charlie, was a number 8 for Sale Sharks, and was another big influence on his career. He also plays lock.

Vyvyan is youngest of seven brothers. In 1993 the brothers created rugby history by making up an entire team in the Penryn Invitation Sevens tournament, (played on Easter day each year in Penryn, Cornwall). The Seven Vyvyan brothers (Richard, Jonathan, Charles, Simon, Paul, James and Hugh) went on to win the tournament, defeating the host club 19 – 17 in the final. They returned the following year and defended the title, with Hugh flying back from South Africa to make up the numbers. In all the brothers reached the final five times, winning three times and twice being runners up.

He opted to take a year out after Downside School and played in South Africa for the Villagers club in Cape Town. Back in England he played briefly for Penryn before starting a successful theology degree at University of Newcastle, where he caught the eye of the Newcastle Falcons and eventually made his debut against Moseley, when the club were in National Division Two.

In 2001 he was an important member of Falcons’ Powergen Cup winning side at Twickenham (though he was a replacement for the final),[2] a feat he repeated in 2004 but this time starting as captain and scoring a try in the final.[3]

In 2002 he toured with the full England side and was an unused bench replacement against Argentina.[4] Being deemed not good enough for England, in that same 2002–2003 season he played for England A against Scotland A and Ireland A and, in December 2003, also helped an England XV beat the New Zealand Barbarians.[5]

As well as leading both Newcastle Falcons and now Saracens, he has captained the England A squad on two Churchill Cup tours. The first in 2003 saw England A take the cup and the second, in 2004, saw England A losing to the New Zealand Māori in extra time.

He won a deserved first England cap against Canada in the Investec Challenge match in 2004 and scored a try.[6]

In 2004, he joined Saracens where he was made captain before even having played a game.[7]

In May 2009, Vyvyan signed a new two-year deal with Saracens.[8]

In May 2011, during the Aviva Premiership Final, Vyvyan became the most capped player in the Premiership as he came off the bench to make his 238th appearance as Saracens lifted their first Premiership title.[9]

On retirement in 2012, Vyvyan received the Special Merit award from his peers at the Rugby Players Association Awards Dinner.[10]

Vyvyan was the Commercial Director at Saracens from 2012 to 2016.[11]

Vyvyan formed The Leadership Academy in 2016.[12]

Vyvyan became a member of the English Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016.[13]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Saracens". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Newcastle snatch Cup glory". BBC. 24 February 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Newcastle 37–33 Sale". BBC. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Argentina beaten by England youngsters". BBC. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  5. ^ Hewett, Chris (22 December 2003). "England youngsters rise above rough treatment". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  6. ^ "England 70–0 Canada". BBC. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Vyvyan named as Sarries captain". Watford Observer. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  8. ^ "Vyvyan signs new deal at Saracens". BBC. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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