Peter Thorburn

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Peter Thorburn
Full name Peter Robert Tyler Thorburn
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
  Auckland ()
Teams coached
Years Team
North Harbour
Bristol Rugby
United States

Peter Robert Tyler Thorburn MNZM is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player. He played as a flanker.

He was a player for Auckland until 1985, when he finished his career. He became the first coach of the North Harbour rugby team, from the founding of the union in 1985, until 1991.[1]

He worked also for the New Zealand national rugby union team and was also a coach, then Director of Rugby, at English club Bristol Rugby from 2001 to 2003.

He was nominated interim coach of USA national rugby union team, in April 2006, latter becoming effective. He was expected to perform well at 2007 Rugby World Cup finals, but after a promising 10-28 loss to England, USA managed only to achieve a bonus point at the 21-25 loss to Samoa.

In 2013 he coached East Coast Bays under 85 kilogram team and was the best coach I personally had the privilege of playing under a truly great man and excellent mentor.

In the 2013 New Year Honours, Thorburn was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby.[2]


  1. ^ Peter Thorburn / Talking Rugby with "Thorbs", North Shore's Monthly Magazine Channel
  2. ^ "New Year honours list 2013". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Tom Billups
United States National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
Australia Scott Johnson