Rowland Phillips

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Rowland Phillips
Full name Rowland David Phillips
Date of birth (1965-07-28) 28 July 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth St David's, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
School St David's Comprehensive
Rugby league career
Position Forward
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1990–? Warrington
Workington Town
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position back-row
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team    
?–1990 Neath RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1987–1989 Wales 10 (0)
Coaching career
Years Club / team    
2015– London Welsh

Rowland David Phillips (born 28 July 1965 at St David's)[1] is a former rugby union back row forward for Wales, where he won ten caps between 1987 and 1990. He also played rugby union for Neath RFC before moving to rugby league, playing Second-row for Warrington, and Workington Town.

Rowland Phillips played as an Interchange/Substitute, i.e. number 15, (replacing Prop Neil Harmon on 79-minutes) in Warrington's 12–2 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1990–91 Regal Trophy Final during the 1989–90 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday, 12 January 1991.

He also played for the Wales and Great Britain national rugby league teams.

In 2003 he took over as coach of Neath RFC from Lyn Jones. Due to his success at the club he is regarded as a local hero, leading Neath RFC to four Premiership titles in successive years and three cup final wins.

In the Summer of 2009 he joined Ebbw Vale RFC as head coach. After an unsuccessful season which saw Ebbw Vale relegated, he joined new Italian rugby team Aironi, originally as a defence coach, a position he previously filled with the Ospreys and Wales. He became Head Coach on 7 November 2010 after Franco Bernini was sacked after not winning any of their games up to that point.

In July 2012 Phillips was appointed head coach of Italian club Viadana [2] In June 2014 Phillips was appointed Director Of Rugby for Welsh club Neath RFC. But left later on to get appointed manager of London Welsh.[3]


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