Terry Garnett

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Terry Garnett
Birth nameTerence Ashley Garnett
Date of birth (1967-05-10) 10 May 1967 (age 52)
Place of birthNorth Ferriby, Yorkshire, England
SchoolHymers College
UniversityNottingham Trent
SpouseBeverley Garnett (Deceased)
ChildrenAshley Spencer Garnett; Lydia Rosina Garnett
Occupation(s)Chartered Surveyor
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker / Flanker
Youth career
  Hull and East Riding
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1988/89 - 1997/98
1998/99 -2000/01
2001/02 -
Wakefield RFC
Hull Rugby Union
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
North of England

Terry Garnett (born 10 May 1967) is a former rugby union player who played as a flanker or hooker for Hull and East Riding, Wakefield, Rotherham, Yorkshire and the North of England. He also represented an England XV in the RF Oakes memorial game.

Since retirement he is TV presenter/commentator and charity fundraiser.

Judo career[edit]

Terry attained his senior Judo blackbelt at the age of 15, one of the youngest holders of that qualification.[1] He was the National Judo champion at Under 78 kg, winning the Stockton Open in 1985.

He stated that his most difficult opponent was Neil Adams to whom he lost in 30 seconds.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

He began as he rugby career as a 12-year-old school boy at Hymers College and he hooked for Yorkshire Schools and Colts. He represented England Colts in 1986.[3]

He played club rugby for Hull and East Riding before joining Wakefield RFC at the start of the 1988/89 season. He initially played as a flanker before converting to hooker He was sent off whilst playing for Wakefield in the Courage League Division 2 game against Northampton in September 1995 for "careless placement of the boot when establishing a base" [4] against Tim Rodber and the incident was filmed by BBC TV's Rugby Special.

He made his Yorkshire debut against Cheshire during the 1992/93 season and was a member of the Yorkshire side who lost the 1993 County Championship final to Lancashire. He also played for an England XV in the R.F Oakes Memorial game. After his sending off against Northampton he was dropped from the England provisional 1995 World Cup squad.

He has also played for the North of England against New Zealand Barbarians (24/11/1996),[5] South Africa and Argentina (1/12/1996)[6] and toured France with the English division in 1993.

He joined Rotherham at the start of the 1998/99 following former Wakefield coach Jim Kilfoyle to Clifton Lane. He played 56 league games for Rotherham scoring 9 tries.[7] until leaving the club after the 2000/01 season.

He then joined Hull Rugby Club where he played in 10 league games.[8]

Post retirement he was forwards coach at Hull Ionians[9] and coach at Hull Rugby Union.[10]

He also qualified as a Yorkshire RFU referee.

TV work[edit]

Terry presents and commentates on Rugby Union for Estuary TV.[11]

Charity work[edit]

His wife Beverley Garnett died of pancreatic cancer in February 2017 and Terry honoured her final wish by raising money for the local cancer hospital Castle Hill in Cottingham, near Hull.[12]


  1. ^ "Profile in Lancashire v Yorkshire match programme" (Press release). Rugby Football Union. 17 April 1993.
  2. ^ Wakefield RFC programme v Northampton 20/4/1996
  3. ^ Shurmer, Andrew (2009). England Rugby Chronicle since 1969. Volume 2 1990-2000. Anoeth Limited. ISBN 978-0-9562797-0-5.
  4. ^ "Scoreline flatters well-matched hosts". Wakefield Express. Wakefield, West Yorkshire: Wakefield Express. 6 October 1995.
  5. ^ "Rugby Union: NZ Barbarians play out farcical mismatch".
  6. ^ England North v Argentina match programme
  7. ^ "Details Terry Garnett". Statbunker.
  8. ^ "Hull RFC Club details". Statbunker.
  9. ^ "Oceans 11 - this weeks chat - News - Hull Ionians RUFC". www.pitchero.com.
  10. ^ "Rooting for the enemy as Humberside clubs collide".
  11. ^ estuary.tv
  12. ^ "Hull hospital cancer dying wife WI-FI wish honoured". BBC. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2018.