|Birth name||Philip David Acton Dowson|
|Date of birth||1 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Guildford, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||108 kg (17 st 0 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Dowson's position of choice was as a number 8 and he can also operate as a flanker. In 2004 he was a member of Falcons’ Powergen Cup winning side at Twickenham, scoring a try after coming on as a replacement in the final.
Dowson represented the England Sevens team at the 2005 World Cup in Hong Kong. He was then selected for the 2005 Churchill Cup. He was called into the England Saxons side that defeated Ireland A on 1 February 2008.
Dowson signed for the Northampton Saints from the Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2009. In 2012, Dowson gained his first full international cap for England vs Scotland in the Six Nations. A further cap against Italy as well as substitute appearances against France and Ireland.
He was named as England captain for England's next match, although it was a non capped match, against the Barbarians which England went on to win 57–26.
Dowson is a keen amateur photographer and collects vintage paper staplers, he can often be found combining these two passions.