Mark Mapletoft

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Mark Mapletoft
Full name Mark Sterland Mapletoft
Date of birth 25 December 1971
Place of birth Mansfield[1]
Height 5.7 ft (1.7 m)
Weight 13 st (83 kg)
School Lawrence Sheriff for Boys (Rugby)
University Loughborough University
Occupation(s) Head Coach for Harlequins
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Full-back
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Rugby Lions
Gloucester Rugby
London Irish
Loughborough Students RUFC

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997 England 1 ((3))
Correct as of 2014-06-20

Mark Mapletoft is a former rugby union international who represented England in one test against Argentina in 1997. Mapletoft represented England at A, U21 and U18 levels. He was also a reserve for the Coventry football team.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mark Mapletoft was born on 25 December 1971 in Mansfield.[1]


Mark has four children, Ellie Mapletoft, Will Mapletoft, Jack Thomas Mapletoft and Gracie Mapletoft. His wife is Elizabeth Mapletoft.

Rugby union career[edit]

Mapletoft joined Gloucester in 1994 from Rugby Lions as a full-back but made the move to fly-half under coach Richard Hill after recovering from a serious knee injury. He made his only international appearance on 7 June 1997 at Ferrocaril Oeste, Buenos Aires in the Argentina vs England match.[1] Argentina won the match 33 to 13.[1] Mapletoft was a popular figure at Gloucester RFC, where he helped keep them in the top division in the 1997-98 season and he was known for his cheeky flair and inspired breaks.[citation needed] He scored 11 tries for Gloucester and scored over 450 points. Many of the top clubs wanted his signature and his desire to play at number 10, when Gloucester saw him reverting to full back lead to a move to Harlequins.[citation needed] Injuries meant he was not always at his best but he went on to continue to have a solid club career ending his playing days at London Irish. He was overlooked at international level because Rob Andrew was the mainstay of the England side and the emergence of Johnny Wilkinson meant he was unable to secure a place at the highest level. He scored 6 tries and scored over 450 points for Irish before retiring and taking a role with the RFU Academy. While coaching at Saracens, he played amateur rugby for Hertford RFC. He has recently agreed a coaching position with his former team Harlequins.