Peter Wheeler (rugby union)

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Peter Wheeler
Full name Peter John Wheeler
Date of birth (1948-11-26) 26 November 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth London, England
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1969–1985[1] Leicester Tigers 349[2]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1977, 1980
British Lions[3]

Peter John Wheeler (born 26 November 1948) is a former England international rugby union player who played hooker and is Chief Executive of Leicester Tigers.

Early life[edit]

Wheeler attended Brockley County Grammar School and went on to play for Old Brockleians Rugby Club and Kent for three seasons.

Playing career[edit]

He made his England debut on 1 February 1975 against France, and his last appearance on 17 March 1984 against Wales, gaining 41 caps in between, including 5 as captain.

He went on the 1977 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and the 1980 Lions tour of South Africa.

Wheeler was a very successful captain of Leicester Tigers winning the league once and the John Player Cup 3 times in consecutive years. He also was an early advocate of professionalism.

Rugby administration[edit]

Since 1996 he has been the Chief Executive of Leicester Tigers[2] and is currently the Guinness Premiership teams representative on the RFU board.[4]


  1. ^ Leicester Tigers board
  2. ^ a b Leicester Tigers Official yearbook 2008–09. Leicester Tigers. 2008. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-9554366-2-8. 
  3. ^ Lions profile
  4. ^ RFU Board 2008

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Scott
English National Rugby Union Captain
Succeeded by
John Scott