Phil Christophers

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Phil Christophers
Birth namePhilip Derek Christophers
Date of birth (1980-06-16) 16 June 1980 (age 38)
Place of birthHeidelberg, Germany
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight94 kg (207 lb)
SchoolLancaster Royal Grammar School
UniversityLoughborough University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Current team retired
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
RG Heidelberg
Loughborough Students RUFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
CA Brive
Bristol Shoguns
Leeds Tykes
Castres Olympique
Ai en Provence
National team(s)
Years 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 Shoguns.

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

Christophers scored a try on his England debut against Argentina.[1] In his third and final appearance for England, he came on as a replacement in the 2003 Six Nations Championship match against Wales. However just after coming on he was sin-binned.[2] England went on to win the Grand Slam.[3]

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.[4]

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.



  1. ^ "Argentina beaten by England youngsters". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ "England ease past battling Welsh". BBC. 22 February 2003. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Awesome England clinch Grand Slam". BBC. 30 March 2003. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Bath 12-20 Leeds". BBC. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2013.

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