Les Cusworth

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Les Cusworth
Date of birth (1954-07-03) 3 July 1954 (age 62)
Place of birth Normanton, West Yorkshire
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)

Wakefield RFC
Leicester Tigers


National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1979–1988  England 12 (12)
Coaching career
Years Club / team    
  England sevens
Worcester RFC

Les Cusworth (born 3 July 1954 in Normanton, West Yorkshire) is a former English rugby union footballer and current Argentine Director of Rugby.[1][2]


He was educated at Normanton Grammar School and the West Midlands College of Education, a teacher training college (now part of the University of Wolverhampton).[3]

Playing career[edit]

He started his club career at Wakefield RFC where he set the British club record holder of 25 drop goals in just 21 games in 1974/75 and helped Wakefield reach the semi finals of the John Player Cup in 1975/76.[4]

He later moved to Moseley and Leicester Tigers from where he won 12 England caps over 9 years (1979–1988)[5] although he was never really favoured by the English management as he was an unpredictable running fly half.

He played 365 times for Tigers scoring 947 points,[6] and playing alongside the likes of Paul Dodge, Clive Woodward, Nick Youngs in Tigers' three-time John Player cup winning side 1979-1981.

He also played for English Colleges, British Colleges, Yorkshire, North East Counties and played in the North Midlands team which won the county championships in 1978.

After retirement[edit]

After retiring from playing, he coached an England sevens team including Lawrence Dallaglio and Matt Dawson to an unexpected World Cup victory at Murrayfield in 1993.

He was director of rugby at Worcester RFC before working freelance and as a rugby Speaker [7] before taking over as Director of Rugby at the Argentina Rugby Union.


  • Wakefield Rugby Football Club—1901-2001 A Centenary History. Written and compiled by David Ingall in 200
  • Official match programme, England v New Zealand 24 November 1979
  • Rugby Heroes profile