Phil Lowe

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Phil Lowe
Personal information
Born (1950-01-19) 19 January 1950 (age 67)[1]
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 16 st 3 lb (103 kg)
Position Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1967–83 Hull Kingston Rovers 378+32 179 0 0 537
1974–76 Manly-Warringah 72 25 0 0 75
Total 482 204 0 0 612
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968–78 Yorkshire
1970–81 England 5 2 0 0 6
1970–78 Great Britain 12 0 0 0 6
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
≤1984–≥87 York

Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

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Phil Lowe (born 19 January 1950 in Hull) is an English Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and coach of the 1980s, playing at representative level for Great Britain,[3] England,[4] and Yorkshire, and at club level for Hull Kingston Rovers, and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, as a Second-row, i.e. number 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums, and coaching at club level for York. As of 2011, Phil Lowe is the landlord of the Shakespeare public house, 9 Baxtergate, Hedon.

His fellow player, Mike Stephenson described Lowe as "Phil had a magnificent physique. He had a high leg movement and the ability to stride out of a tackle. A giant of a man and a brilliant exponent of a forward running out wide in the centre areas".[5]

Playing career[edit]

Phil Lowe played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in Hull Kingston Rovers' 8-7 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1967 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1967–68 season at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday 14 October 1967, and played Left-Second-row in the 7-8 defeat by Leeds in the 1980 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1980–81 season at Fartown, Huddersfield on Saturday 8 November 1980.

Whilst playing for Hull Kingston Rovers, Lowe helped Great Britain to victory in the 1972 World Cup Final. His 26 tries in the 1972/73 season, was a club record scoring feat by a Hull Kingston Rovers forward, beating William Sandham's 25-tries scored in the 1912–13 season.[6] He was Hull Kingston Rovers's 'Player of the Season' in both 1968/69 and 1972/73.[7]

In 1974, Lowe was lured to Australia by Manly-Warringah secretary Ken Arthurson to play for the two-time defending Sydney premiers. There he joined fellow Great Britain international Mal Reilly and hard hitting local junior Terry Randall in what was one of the strongest back rows in the Sydney premiership. He played three seasons in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, including, their victory in the 1976 NSWRFL season's Grand Final over Parramatta, scoring his team's only try of the match. Among his teammates that day included Australian internationals Graham Eadie, Russel Gartner, Bob Fulton and Terry Randall as well as fellow Englishmen Gary Stephens and Steve "Knocker" Norton.

In three seasons with the Sea Eagles, Lowe played 72 games and scored 25 tries.

After finishing with Manly,[8] Lowe played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in Hull Kingston Rovers' 10-5 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1980 Challenge Cup Final during the 1979–80 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 3 May 1980, in front of a crowd of 95,000, and played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 9-18 defeat by Widnes in the 1981 Challenge Cup Final during the 1980–81 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1981, in front of a crowd of 92,496.

Lowe played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in Hull Kingston Rovers' 7-8 defeat by Leeds in the 1980 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1979–80 season at Fartown, Huddersfield on Saturday 8 November 1980.

Lowe played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in Hull Kingston Rovers' 26-11 victory over St. Helens in the 1977 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1977-78 season at Craven Park, Hull on Tuesday 13 December 1977, and played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in the 3-13 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1979 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1979–80 season at the Boulevard, Hull on Tuesday 18 December 1979.

Lowe played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in Hull Kingston Rovers' 4-12 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1981–82 John Player Trophy Final during the 1981–82 season at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday 23 January 1982. His testimonial match at Hull Kingston Rovers took place in 1981.

Coaching career[edit]

He retired from playing in 1983, and began a spell coaching at York, assisting them to both promotion and a place in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.[5] Lowe also undertook the role as a director of Hull Kingston Rovers. In 1995, he was the manager of England's Rugby League World Cup team.[1]

Outside of rugby league[edit]

He later became a publican, running several pubs around the Hull and East Yorkshire area, and was also involved in property investment.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Phil Lowe". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Ulyatt, Michael E. (1983). Hull Kingston Rovers - A Centenary History 1883-1983 (1st ed.). North Ferriby: Lockington Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 140. ISBN 0-905490-24-X. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Paul Fletcher and Phil Harlow. "When Great Britain won the World Cup". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Ulyatt, Michael E. (1983). Hull Kingston Rovers - A Centenary History 1883-1983 (1st ed.). North Ferriby: Lockington Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 113. ISBN 0-905490-24-X. 
  7. ^ Ulyatt, Michael E. (1983). Hull Kingston Rovers - A Centenary History 1883-1983 (1st ed.). North Ferriby: Lockington Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 110. ISBN 0-905490-24-X. 
  8. ^ Eraofthebiff.com

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