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John Willcox

John Willcox
Birth nameJohn Graham Willcox
Date of birth (1937-02-16) 16 February 1937 (age 82)
Place of birthSutton Coldfield
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)


British and Irish Lions

5 (Conv:1;Pens:1)

John Graham Willcox (born 16 February 1937 in Sutton Coldfield) is a rugby union international who represented England from 1961 to 1964, and the British and Irish Lions in 1962.[1] He also captained his country.[1]

Early life

John Willcox was born on 16 February 1937 in Sutton Coldfield.[1] He played rugby as a full-back.

Rugby union career

His club team was Harlequins.[2]

Willcox made his international debut on 11 February 1961 at Lansdowne Road in the Ireland vs England match.[1] Of the 19 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 6 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 21 March 1964 at Murrayfield in the Scotland vs England match.[1]

He took part in the 1962 British Lions tour to South Africa, playing in three test matches.

After he retired from playing, he was for many years the rugby coach and a teacher at Ampleforth College.


  1. ^ a b c d e f John Willcox Profile on
  2. ^ "FROM OUR RUGBY FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT. "Warwick Look To Mighty Pack." Times, 14 Mar. 1964, p. 4". Times Digital Archives.