Dan Scarbrough

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Dan Scarbrough
Birth nameDaniel Scarbrough
Date of birth (1978-02-16) 16 February 1978 (age 41)
Place of birthBingley, Yorkshire, England
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) [1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Full-back
Current team Racing Métro
Youth Career
  Bradford Salem, Broughton Park
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

2001 ‐ 04
2004 ‐ 08
2008 ‐ 11
2011 ‐ 13
Wakefield RFC
Leeds Tykes
Racing Métro
Lille MR


National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003 ‐ 07 England 2 (5)

Dan Scarbrough (born 16 February 1978) is a former rugby union international, at 7’s and 15’s, who played on the wing or full back for Leeds Tykes, Saracens, Racing Métro and England.

He was National Division One leading try scorer with Wakefield for two seasons from 1999/2000 for whom he scored 17 tries from 46 starts and 2 as replacement before moving to Leeds Tykes where he continued his try scoring exploits, finishing top try scorer whilst and Leeds for 3 seasons running, second in the 2001/2002 list of Zurich Premiership scorers and making the Premiership dream team.

This earned him a place in the final two England A matches of 2002 and he played in all four A games during 2003. Equally at home at wing or full back and instantly recognisable by his blond hair, he played in the first Churchill Cup and won his first full cap in the 43–9 win over Wales in August 2003, having been part of the World Cup training squad that year under Sir Clive Woodward.

He just missed out on a place in the 2003 World Cup squad, but he played in his second successive Churchill Cup in June as part of the England side which lost out in the final to New Zealand Māori after going into extra time following a draw on the full-time whistle.

Scarbrough has also been capped for England in the Sevens, playing in four International tournaments, most notably winning the Hong Kong Sevens Tournament with England in 2004.

He moved from Leeds Tykes to Saracens in 2004, making his debut against Wasps in 4/9/04.

Scarbrough was blighted by injuries after his first cap but flew out to South Africa to join the pre World Cup squad in 2007, four years after his 1st full cap. He had been pulled across from England Saxons' Barclays Churchill Cup squad after David Strettle fell ill with a virus. The Saracens flier ended up on the wing at Loftus Versfeld and scored England's only try in the 55–22 defeat.[2] He also infamously put a huge tackle on Percy Montgomery during that game.

Joining Saracens from Leeds Tykes in 2004, Scarbrough further established himself as a potent attacking weapon, leading the try scoring for the 2005/06 season.

A series of injuries in particular, a shoulder reconstruction, reduced his first team appearances to just eight in that first season. He played 40 times for the Men In Black the next season at both wing and full back and was beginning to show the form that made him one of Leeds Tykes most prolific try scorers.

At the end of December 2008, following a long term knee injury, it was announced that he had left the club by mutual consent.[3] and signed for the big hitting and spending French side Racing Métro. After the 3 solid years in the Top 14 Scarbrough began playing and coaching at Lille Metropole Rugby Club in 2012 in their bid for promotion to the French Pro d2.

Following his rugby career Scarbrough has now begun a new career as a coach and teacher; currently Head of Rugby at Bradford Grammar School and formerly Queen Ethelburga's with his old Leeds Tykes teammate Rob Rawlinson.

Now a Level 3 rugby coach, he has coached internationally and took Latvia rugby sevens team to the European Trophy in Croatia and Lithuania, beating Lithuania national team for the first time Ever and finishing 3rd.


  1. ^ "FrenchRugbyClub Racing-Métro 92 squad". FrenchRugbyClub.com. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. ^ "South Africa 55-22 England". BBC. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  3. ^ Club announcement Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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