|Full name||Hugh Donnithorne Vyvyan|
|Date of birth||8 September 1976|
|Place of birth||Guildford, Surrey, England|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||114 kg (17 st 13 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Charlie Vyvyan|
|Rugby union career|
|Position||Lock, Number 8|
The former England fullback Jon Callard heavily influenced Hugh's early career while at Downside School, moving him from fly-half to number 8. Brother Charlie, was a number 8 for Sale Sharks, and was another big influence on his career. He also plays lock.
Vyvyan is youngest of seven brothers. In 1993 the brothers created rugby history by making up an entire team in the Penryn Invitation Sevens tournament, (played on Easter day each year in Penryn, Cornwall). The Seven Vyvyan brothers (Richard, Jonathan, Charles, Simon, Paul, James and Hugh) went on to win the tournament, defeating the host club 19 – 17 in the final. They returned the following year and defended the title, with Hugh flying back from South Africa to make up the numbers. In all the brothers reached the final five times, winning three times and twice being runners up.
He opted to take a year out after Downside School and played in South Africa for the Villagers club in Cape Town. Back in England he played briefly for Penryn before starting a successful theology degree at University of Newcastle, where he caught the eye of the Newcastle Falcons and eventually made his debut against Moseley, when the club were in National Division Two.
In 2001 he was an important member of Falcons’ Powergen Cup winning side at Twickenham (though he was a replacement for the final), a feat he repeated in 2004 but this time starting as captain and scoring a try in the final.
In 2002 he toured with the full England side and was an unused bench replacement against Argentina. In that same 2002–2003 season he played for England A against Scotland A and Ireland A and, in December 2003, also helped an England XV beat the New Zealand Barbarians.
As well as leading both Newcastle Falcons and now Saracens, he has captained the England A squad on two Churchill Cup tours. The first in 2003 saw England A take the cup and the second, in 2004, saw England A losing to the New Zealand Māori in extra time.
In May 2011, during the Aviva Premiership Final, Hugh Vyvyan became the most capped player in the Premiership as he came off the bench to make his 238th appearance.
On retirement in 2012, Vyvyan received the Special Merit award from his peers at the Rugby Players Association Awards Dinner.
Vyvyan formed The Leadership Academy in 2016.
- "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Saracens". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Newcastle snatch Cup glory". BBC. 24 February 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
- "Newcastle 37–33 Sale". BBC. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- "Argentina beaten by England youngsters". BBC. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- Hewett, Chris (22 December 2003). "England youngsters rise above rough treatment". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- "England 70–0 Canada". BBC. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- "Vyvyan named as Sarries captain". Watford Observer. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- "Vyvyan signs new deal at Saracens". BBC. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.