Richard Hill (rugby union, born 1961)

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Richard Hill
Full name Richard John Hill
Date of birth (1961-05-04) 4 May 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 12 st 2 lb (77 kg)
School Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-Half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1983–1994 Bath 248 (260)
Correct as of 24 July 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1984–1991 England 29 (8)
Correct as of 24 July 2013
Teams coached
Years Team
Worcester Warriors
Correct as of 18 April 2013

Richard Hill (born 4 May 1961 in Birmingham), is rugby union coach and former English international rugby footballer.


Born in Birmingham, Hill was educated at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School in Salisbury, and Exeter University. Incidentally his namesake, Richard Hill MBE, who was in the England team to win the Rugby World Cup in 2003 also attended Bishop Wordsworth's School and both played for Salisbury Rugby Football Club.

Early successes at Schools Level[edit]

One of Richard's early successes in 1980 was winning the Wiltshire Schools U18 Sevens tournament with Salisbury's Boys Grammar school Bishop Wordsworth's defeating Swindon's St. Joseph's Comprehensive Roman Catholic School in a hard fought final at the Headlands School in Wiltshire. The Salisbury school won by two tries to one. Unfortunately for the Swindon school Bishop Wordsworth were also able to field David Egerton who was also capped by England on 9 occasions.

Playing career[edit]

Joining Bath Rugby as a scrum-half straight from university, in these amateur times his day job was working for Lloyds Bank. Unlike his half-back partner Stuart Barnes, Hill loved training. Nicknamed Duracell, he spent all his available time there, and his dedication spelled the inevitable introduction of the professional era.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After assistant posts at Gloucester and Harlequins, Hill also spent a season as head coach of England Students and the backs coach as Ebbw Vale RFC. In 2002 he was appointed head coach of Newport RFC. A year later he joined Bristol Rugby, leading them back to the Guinness Premiership after two seasons, and then to third place and the playoffs in the 2006–7 season. In July 2009, he agreed to join French third division side Chalon-sur-Saône as head coach.[2]

In May 2010, Hill was named as head coach for Worcester Warriors.[3] Richard Hill in his first year as head coach, coached the Worcester Warriors back into the Aviva Premiership and held a contract at the Warriors until 2014.

On 16 April 2013, Hill was sacked from his post at Worcester [4] "following the club's recent run of form".


  1. ^ Profile at Bath Rugby "Hall of Fame"
  2. ^ "Ex-Bristol coach heads to France". BBC News. 2009-07-01. 
  3. ^ "Richard Hill named Worcester Warriors head coach". BBC Sport. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Richard Hill departs as Worcester Warriors head coach". BBC Sport. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nigel Melville
English National Rugby Union Captain
Feb–Mar 1987
Succeeded by
Mike Harrison