Cartwright (left) tossing the coin while watched by South Africa's Paul Roos in 1906.
|Birth name||Vincent Henry Cartwright|
|Date of birth||10 September 1882|
|Place of birth||The Park, Nottingham, England|
|Date of death||25 November 1965|
|Place of death||Loughborough, Leicestershire|
|Rugby union career|
Cartwright was born in 1882 in Nottingham. He was educated Rugby before matriculating to Oxford University in 1901. After leaving university he became a solicitor in Nottingham, and later a Clerk to Nottingham City Magistrates.
Cartwright served in the British Armed Forces during the First World War, joining the Royal Marines. He was made a Temporary Second Lieutenant in 1914, then Temporary Captain, before reaching the rank of Temporary Major in 1917. Serving on the Western Front, Cartwright was highly decorated, twice mentioned in dispatches, a DSO and Croix de guerre.
Cartwright first came to note as a rugby player while at Rugby, representing the school team. On entering Oxford he was selected as a freshman to join the University rugby team. He played in four successive Varsity Matches from 1901–1904, all at forward, collecting his sporting 'Blues'. While still a university student, Cartwright was selected for the England national team during the 1903 Home Nations Championship; a miserable defeat on a boggy St. Helen's ground against Wales. Despite the loss, Cartwright was reselected for the remaining two games of the tournament; both loses. He continued his international career throughout his time at Oxford, with two caps in the 1904 Home Nations Championship and all three of the 1905 Championship. After leaving Oxford in the later half of 1905 he joined Nottingham, becoming the first player to be capped for England directly from the club. His first international cap while a Nottingham player saw him given the captaincy of the England team, in the 1905 encounter with New Zealand.
Cartwright continued his captaincy of England through all three matches of the 1906 Championship, which included the first England encounter with France, a win for the English team which saw Cartwright score his first international points with four conversions. In 1906 Cartwright lead out the East Midlands team to face the first touring South African team; the first game of the Springbok's tour, the South African's won by a comfortable 29-0 margin. This was followed by Cartwright's last international, leading England against the same touring South Africans. The game ended in a 3-3 draw.
Cartwright played his seven first-class cricket matches with Nottinghamshire between 1901 and 1904 as a right-handed batsman but could only manage 60 runs.