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Phil Dowson

Phil Dowson
Phil Dowson Saints 2013 (cropped).jpg
Birth namePhilip David Acton Dowson
Date of birth (1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 38)
Place of birthGuildford, England
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
SchoolSedbergh School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number Eight, Flanker
Youth career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Newcastle Falcons
Northampton Saints
Worcester Warriors
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 England 7 (0)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2005 England Hong Kong

Phil Dowson (born 1 October 1981) is a former English rugby union player. He played for Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership.

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.[1]

Dowson represented the England Sevens team at the 2005 World Cup in Hong Kong.[2] He was then selected for the 2005 Churchill Cup.[3] He was called into the England Saxons side that defeated Ireland A on 1 February 2008.[4][5]

Dowson represented England Saxons at the 2007 Churchill Cup[6] and 2009 Churchill Cup.[7]

Dowson signed for the Northampton Saints from the Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2009.[8] 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.

In 2014 Dowson played as a replacement as Northampton beat Saracens to win the Premiership.[9]

He signed for Worcester Warriors in the 2015-16 season in the Aviva Premiership.[10]

On 20 February 2017, Dowson announces his retirement from professional competition at the end of the season, where he will rejoin with his old club Northampton Saints as an assistant coach.[11]

Dowson is a keen amateur photographer and collects vintage paper staplers, he can often be found combining these two passions.


  1. ^ "Newcastle 37–33 Sale". BBC. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Dowson gets suited and booted for Rugby World Cup". RFU. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Dowson enjoying step up to elite". ESPN Scrum. 19 June 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  4. ^ "England Saxons squad for Ireland A match". RFU. 23 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Varndell shines in Saxons victory". BBC. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  6. ^ "England Saxons 17–13 NZ Maori". BBC. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Ireland A 49–22 England Saxons". BBC. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Dowson leaves Falcons for Saints". BBC. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Premiership final: Saracens 20-24 Northampton Saints". 31 May 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2019 – via
  10. ^ "Worcester sign former England flanker Phil Dowson from Northampton Saints". BBC Sport. 18 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Worcester Warriors former England no.8 Phil Dowson announces retirement to go into coaching position". BBC Sport. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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