Phil Christophers

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This article is about the German rugby union player. For the Canadian politician, see Philip Christophers.
Phil Christophers
Full name Philip Derek Christophers
Date of birth (1980-06-16) 16 June 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Heidelberg, Germany
Height 180 cm (5.9 ft)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
School Lancaster Royal Grammar School
University Loughborough University
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team retired
Playing career
Position Wing
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team    
  RG Heidelberg
Loughborough Students RUFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
CA Brive
Bristol Rugby
Leeds Tykes
Castres Olympique
Ai en Provence
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2002-2003 England 3 (5)

Philip Derek Christophers (born 16 June 1980 in Heidelberg) is a former rugby union footballer who played on the wing for Castres and, briefly, England.

Christophers was born and raised in Germany with an English father and a German mother. At 16 he moved to England to attend the sixth form at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, where he represented England at under-16 and under-18 level. He studied Geography at Loughborough University, for whom he played in a BUSA final. In 2000, he took a year out of his studies playing for Brive and represented England under-21s. On graduation, in 2001, he signed full-time with Bristol Rugby.

During the 2002/03 season Christophers was a regular for Bristol and a bit-part player for England. However, when Bristol were relegated at end of that season, he signed for Leeds Tykes.

Christophers scored a try on his England debut against Argentina.[1]

During the 2003/04 season at Leeds, he was named both the Players Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year. He toured New Zealand and Australia with England, but did not play.

At the end of the 2004-05 season Leeds won the Powergen Cup where he was a starter.[2]

At the end of the 2004/05 season he decided to join Castres Olympiques in the Top 14 in France. He played for Castres from 2005-10. Without a club from July 2010 until the end of June 2011, he played two years for Aix en Provence in the Pro D2 before ending his professional career in the summer of 2013.


Runner-up versus Gloucester in the 2002 Premiership Final

Grand Slam 2003


  1. ^ "Argentina beaten by England youngsters". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bath 12-20 Leeds". BBC. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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