Chris Horsman

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Chris Horsman
Birth nameChristopher Leslie Horsman
Date of birth (1978-02-02) 2 February 1978 (age 42)
Place of birthNewport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England
Height5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight17 st 2 lb (240 lb; 109 kg)
SchoolSheldon School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Celtic Warriors


National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005-2007 Wales none none

Chris Horsman (born 2 February 1978 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England) is a former Wales international rugby union player.

Club career[edit]

Horsman attended Sheldon School in Chippenham, Wiltshire and represented England at youth international level.[1]

Horsman started his club career at Bath in 1997 before joining Bridgend in 2002. With the advent of regional rugby in Wales, Horsman was called up to the Celtic Warriors regional side, but when the club was disbanded due to financial difficulties in 2004 he was forced to seek another club.

Horsman signed for Worcester in July 2004 and established himself as one of the best props in the English game. He signed a contract extension at the beginning of 2006 to keep him at Sixways until the summer of 2010 but in July 2009 he announced his retirement after a series of injuries.

International career[edit]

He was offered a place in the England national rugby union team, but two separate bouts with cancer prevented him from playing for England. However, he later chose to play for Wales as he qualified through the three-year international residency rule.

Horsman made his full Welsh debut on 11 November 2005 against Fiji at the Millennium Stadium. He scored his first and only try against England at the Millennium Stadium on 17 March 2007 and he was selected for the Wales squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He attained a total of 14 international caps for Wales.

Refereeing and coaching[edit]

Following his retirement as a player, he announced his intentions to begin training as a referee.[2]

Horsman has also pursued a coaching career within the Welsh setup, as head coach of RGC 1404 from 2012 to 2014, and subsequent appointments within Wales' age-grade teams. In 2018, Horsman coached the Wales national under-20 rugby union team.

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Horsman was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which was successfully treated at the Royal Marsden hospital in Sutton, London; only for him to later succumb to a strain of lymphatic cancer.[3] The second occurrence of this cancer was also treated successfully and Horsman returned to rugby.[4]


  1. ^ "Wilts schoolboy Six Nations debut". BBC News - Wiltshire - Sport.
  2. ^ "Horseman aims to become a referee". BBC News.
  3. ^ Gareth Morgan (11 November 2005). "Why Chris Horsman is dubbed the Lance Armstrong of rugby". Western Mail. Media Wales – via Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  4. ^ "My battle with cancer". BBC News - Hereford and Worcester - Sport.

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