Rob Wainwright

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Rob Wainwright
Full name Robert Iain Wainwright
Date of birth (1965-03-22) 22 March 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Perth, Scotland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
School Glenalmond College
University Magdalene College, Cambridge
Occupation(s) Medical Doctor
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker, No. 8
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
Dundee HSFP
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
London Scottish F.C.
Glasgow Warriors
West Hartlepool R.F.C.
Army Rugby Union
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1992 - 1998
British Lions

Robert Iain Wainwright (born 22 March 1965 in Perth, Scotland) is a former rugby union footballer who was capped 37 times for Scotland (Captain 16 times) and once for the British and Irish Lions. He played flanker.

Early life[edit]

Wainwright was born in Perth, Scotland, the only son of five children.[1] He was educated at Glenalmond College, where his father Jim was a long-serving teacher and former Warden (Headmaster), and read medicine at Magdalene College, Cambridge on an Army bursary.[2] While at Cambridge he earned full blues in rugby and boxing.[3]

Rugby career[edit]

He received his first cap in 1992, as a reserve against Ireland.[4] He could play all back row positions, including flanker and number 8. Wainwright came to prominence in the 1994 Five Nations Championship with a try against England, and also scored a try against France in the final pool match of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He became Scotland's first professional Captain following the retirement of Gavin Hastings after the Rugby World Cup in 1995, and led Scotland to a surprise second place behind England in the 1996 Five Nations Championship.[4]

Richard Bath wrote of him that he had a

"quiet and urbane manner belies a steely resolve that led Jim Telfer to eventually appoint the utility back-row man as skipper after Gavin Hastings' retirement in 1995... he was forced to wait until the famous back row of Jeffrey, Calder and White called it a day after the 1991 World Cup before he could force his way into the Scottish squad... An unshowy player who does so much of the unseen work, Wainwright is a useful tail of the line jumper and a consistently good tackler."[4]

When he was injured in 1996, Gregor Townsend took on the position of national captain.[5]

Army career[edit]

A doctor by profession, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1987 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1990, Captain on the completion of his medical training in 1991 and Major in 1996. He was due to be deployed to Bosnia with NATO peacekeeping troops but was given a reprieve and captained the Scotland team at the 1997 Five Nations Championship.[6] He retired in 1999.


In 1999 Wainwright and his family moved to the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides where they own a farm and a bed and breakfast.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Wainwright has been married to his wife Romayne since 1992. They have four children: Douglas, Natasha, Alexander, Cameron.


  • Bath, Richard, ed. (1997). Complete Book of Rugby. Seven Oaks Ltd. ISBN 1-86200-013-1. 

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