Craig Gillies

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Craig Gillies
Date of birth (1976-05-06) 6 May 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Paisley, Strathclyde, Scotland
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
University Brunel University
Children Two
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2002 – 2013
Bath Rugby


Correct as of 23 July 2013
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1998 –2008 England A
Correct as of 5 January 2008

Craig Gillies (born 6 May 1976) is a former English rugby union player. His final club was Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. He played as a lock.

Gillies was born in Paisley and grew up in Tiverton, Devon. He joined Bath Rugby following a trial in April 1994 and made three first team appearances during the 1995–1996 season.[1] He moved on to join Richmond for the 1997–1998 season[2] with the then Bath coach Andy Robinson feeling that the club's signing of the Argentinian international German Llanes would prevent Gillies from getting the sufficient game time to allow him to fully develop his potential.[3] Gillies moved on to join Llanelli before signing for Warriors in the summer of 2002.[4]

Gillies - who is the leading appearance maker at Worcester in the modern era after beating the previous record of 222 held by Tony Windo - was a key part of the unbeaten National Division One promotion winning team of 2003/04.

The giant lock is widely regarded as one of the best line-out takers in the top-flight and won England A honours in 2000.

A leading figure both on and off the field, Gillies made twenty-nine appearances during the 2009/10 campaign – more than any other Warrior.

Gillies excelled again for Warriors in the RFU Championship during 2010/11, making twenty-eight appearances to cement a key role in the pack

The second row agreed a new two-year deal in 2011 and is keen to continue to dominate the airwaves for Warriors.

He retired from Rugby in 2013.

Gillies lost all his body hair to alopecia in 2002.[5]


  1. ^ Ken Johnstone (Editor), The Recorder – The newsletter of Bath FC (RFU), Issue Number 7, pp. 14, 26 June 1996.
  2. ^ "Rugby Union: Club-by-club guide to the Allied Dunbar Premiership". The Independent. 23 August 1997. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  3. ^ {{cite web |url= |title=Bath stumble under a pack of problems |date=26 January 1998 |publisher=The Independent |accessdate=20 December 2010}}
  4. ^ "Craig Gillies". Kidderminster Shuttle. 25 June 2002. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Gillies stands tall but still he is overlooked". London: Independent. 25 September 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2009.

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