Rob Thirlby

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Rob Thirlby
Birth nameRobert Graham Thirlby
Date of birth (1979-03-02) March 2, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birthRedruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Height6ft 1in (1.85m)
Weight202 lb (91.6kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback/Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bath Rugby
Gloucester Rugby

Rob Graham Thirlby (born 2 March 1979), in Penzance, Cornwall is a Cornish rugby union footballer who plays on the wing or full back for Yatton whilst also acting as the video analyst for Gloucester Rugby.[1] He previously played for Moseley, Penzance-Newlyn, and for Redruth whom he joined from Gloucester Rugby. He played regularly for the England Sevens team.

Playing career[edit]


Educated at Richard Lander School, Thirlby began his career with Redruth before guesting for Penzance & Newlyn in the 1998 Safari Sevens tournament in Kenya where he was spotted by Kyran Bracken[2] who recommended him to Saracens and Thirlby joined the club ahead of the 1998-1999 season. He made his Sarries debut in an Anglo-Welsh clash with Cardiff on 16 January 1999, kicking 11 points in a 36-22 victory.[3] He made his Premiership debut against Northampton Saints on 6 February 1999 and went on to make 28 appearances for the club in the competition, scoring six tries.

Bath Rugby[edit]

Thirlby left Saracens to join Bath Rugby in May 2000[4] and celebrated his move with a call up for England's 2000 tour of South Africa.[5] Although he did not appear in the test side, he played in the three tour matches, scoring a try in the 36-27 victory over Gauteng Falcons.[6] He played 36 times for Bath in the Premiership scoring eight tries, the highlight being the hat-trick of tries he scored against Rotherham on 14 April 2001,[7] before joining Rotherham in February 2003.[8] He helped the club secure promotion from National Division One back into the Premiership before returning to Cornwall and Penzance & Newlyn for the 2003-2004 season.

Gloucester Rugby[edit]

After two seasons with Penzance & Newlyn, Thirlby returned to the Premiership by signing a two-year contract with Gloucester Rugby.[9] After just ten Premiership appearances and a solitary try, Thirlby joined Redruth on loan in January 2007, agreeing a permanent two-year contract with the club in March 2007.

England Sevens[edit]

Thirlby has been a regular member of the England Sevens team. He represented the team in both the RWC Sevens 2001 and RWC Sevens 2005, the only England player to do so,[10] and was a member of Joe Lydon's twelve-man squad for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.[11] Although the team returned without medals, they did win the Sevens Plate in the tournament.[12] He has made 35 appearances in the IRB Sevens World Series, the third highest total by an England player.[13]


  1. ^ "Debutant Thirlby adds class as Yatton grind out victory". Bristol Evening Post. 21 September 2010. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. ^ Malin, Ian (15 November 2003). "Ambitious Pirates are no Cornish patsies". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  3. ^ Llewellyn, David (18 January 1999). "Saracens Youngsters Reveal Their Potential". London: The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Bath Sign Rob Thirlby". Bath Rugby Official Website. 22 May 2000. Retrieved 27 January 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ "England's new boys: Backs". BBC Sport. 23 May 2000. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  6. ^ "England made to dig deep". BBC Sport. 28 June 2000. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Bath Bury Rotherham". BBC Sport. 14 April 2001. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Rob Joins Rotherham". Bath Rugby Official Website. 13 February 2003. Retrieved 27 January 2009.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Gloucester Seal Thirlby Contract". Gloucester Rugby Official Website. 17 June 2005. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Rob Thirlby 2005 RWC Sevens Profile". Rugby Football Union Official Website. Archived from the original on 14 March 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Rob Confirmed In England Sevens Squad". Bath Rugby Official Website. 25 July 2002. Retrieved 27 January 2009.[dead link]
  12. ^ "No Medal For Thirlby, But England Lift Games Plate". Bath Rugby Official Website. 5 August 2002. Retrieved 27 January 2009.[dead link]
  13. ^ "IRB Sevens World Series - Top 50 Appearances" (PDF). International Rugby Board Official Website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2009.

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