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Neil McCarthy (rugby union)

Neil McCarthy
Birth nameNeil McCarthy
Date of birth (1974-11-29) 29 November 1974 (age 44)
Place of birthSlough, England
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England Colts ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bath Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2000 England 3 (0)

Neil McCarthy (born 29 November 1974 in Slough) is an English former Rugby union player.

He was in the England team for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales and is one of only a handful of players to have an England cap at every representative level (U16; U18; U21; Saxons & Senior).

He played as a hooker but could also cover prop. He was involved with the England team from 1999–2000, including the Rugby World Cup 1999.

McCarthy started his early rugby career at Bath academy before moving to Gloucester and then to Bristol where his career was effectively ended in 2002 by a serious knee injury. McCarthy spent two years attempting to come back from the injury which included a final spell with Orrell Rugby, eventually retiring in 2004 after further complications from the original injury.

He was Leicester Tigers Academy director from 2007-2015 and produced current England players George Ford, Manu Tuilagi, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Billy Twelvetrees and the Youngs Brothers Ben and Tom. On 11 March 2015, McCarthy returned to Gloucester Rugby to become their new Head of Academy.[1] Having restructured and established the Gloucester academy as a leading programme McCarthy moved into Olympic sport with British Skeleton based in Bath, UK.


  1. ^ "Gloucester Rugby appoint Neil McCarthy as Head of Academy". Gloucester Rugby. 11 March 2015.

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