Dwayne Peel

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Dwayne Peel
Dwayne Peel (cropped).jpg
Peel playing for the Barbarians against
England, May 2013
Birth nameDwayne John Peel
Date of birth (1981-08-31) 31 August 1981 (age 38)
Place of birthCarmarthen, Wales
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)[1]
SchoolYsgol Gyfun Maes-yr-Yrfa
UniversitySwansea University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Assistant Coach [2]
Current team Ulster
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
  Tumble RFC ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Llanelli Scarlets
Sale Sharks
Correct as of 27 May 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Wales U21
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 19 March 2011
Teams coached
Years Team
Bristol (Backs & Skills Coach)
Ulster (Assistant Coach)
Correct as of 15 February 2017

Dwayne John Peel (born 31 August 1981) is a former Welsh rugby union player. He was the most capped scrum-half for the Wales national rugby union team with 76 caps,[3] until his record was surpassed by Mike Phillips on 16 March 2013.

Youth and early career[edit]

Peel started his rugby career playing for Tumble RFC at Under-8s level. He attended Ysgol Gyfun Maes-yr-Yrfa in Cefneithin, and is a fluent Welsh speaker.[4] He made his professional club debut for Llanelli RFC before joining the Llanelli Scarlets region at its creation in 2003.


Peel made his international debut for Wales in 2001 against Japan. He was still on his geography degree course at the Swansea University at the time. During his time at Swansea University, he became friends with Edward Lewsey – a Welsh Under-21 international, and brother of England international Josh Lewsey. Peel has since scored five tries (25 points) scoring his debut Test try against Italy in 2003 for Wales.

In 2005, Peel was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, and was the youngest Lion on the tour.[5] On 9 September 2007, Peel was captain for Wales when they beat Canada 42–17 in their opening match in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

On 15 January 2008, it was announced by the Scarlets that Peel would be joining Sale Sharks at the end of the 2007–08 season.[6][7] Peel joined, on a three-year contract, at the start of the 2008–09 season.[8][9]

New Wales coach Warren Gatland later stated that Peel would be an exception to his desired policy to select players from those playing for Welsh clubs,[10] but on 19 January 2009 it was announced that Peel would not be part of the Welsh squad for the 2009 Six Nations Championship.[11] Peel was subsequently called into the squad, however, as cover for injured Gareth Cooper and on 8 February 2009 played in the second half of Wales' opening match against Scotland.[12]

In the 2012-2013 Premiership season, Peel was involved in the 32-9 win on 12 April against Gloucester, scoring two tries.[13] He was also named in the Barbarians squad for the 2013 Summer internationals, to play against England and the British and Irish Lions.

Peel then signed for Bristol Rugby for the 2014-2015 season, being appointed club captain in the process playing alongside Welsh internationals Ryan Jones and Ian Evans.


On 15 February 2017, Ulster announced Peel would join them as Assistant Coach from the start of the 2017/18 season on a two-year contract.[14]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Sale Sharks". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Ulster Rugby website". Archived from the original on 15 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Squad Profiles: Wales Senior Player Archive, Dwayne Peel". The Official Website of the Welsh Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  4. ^ Wales Online Archived December 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Rees, Paul (7 February 2008). "Phillips bullish about hanging on to Wales No9 shirt after seizing his chance". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Peel agrees to shock Sale switch". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Dwayne Peel to leave the Llanelli Scarlets". scarlets.co.uk. Scarlets. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Sale Sharks finalise Peel signing". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  9. ^ "Sale seal Peel deal". Sky Sports. British Sky Broadcasting. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  10. ^ "Peel's Wales place safe – Gatland". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  11. ^ "Wales omit Peel for Six Nations". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  12. ^ "Wales call up Dwayne Peel for Six Nations". Telegraph. Telegraph.co.uk. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-06-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Former Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel joins Ulsters' backroom coaching staff". BBC Sport. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

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