Victor Ubogu

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Victor Ubogu
Date of birth (1964-09-08) 8 September 1964 (age 53)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 238 lb (108 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992-1999  England 24 (5)

Victor Eriakpo Ubogu (born 8 September 1964 in Nigeria) is a former Bath and England rugby union player.

He came to the UK from Lagos, Nigeria in 1977 and attended West Buckland School in Devon where he received the school's top award, the Fortescue Medal. While at school he played for England Under 18s. He went on to the University of Birmingham to study Chemical engineering. While at university he played for Moseley. He went on to St Anne's College, Oxford where he was selected to play for the University of Oxford RFC and achieved his Blue. After leaving Oxford he joined Bath Rugby. He started for Bath in the victorious 1998 Heineken Cup Final as they defeated Brive.[1] In 1992 he became a prop for the England national rugby union team where he remained until 1999.

Combining the size and strength typical of a prop with unusual speed for a player specializing in this position, Ubogu was often a highly effective ball-carrier in broken play. Against well-drilled international defences he sometimes lacked penetration, but he frequently embarrassed club-level opposition.[citation needed]

He founded the "Shoeless Joe's" chain of sports bars[2] and did a nude interview on TV[citation needed].

In 2001, Ubogu appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[3]

In 2004 he married Australian rugby fan Anjela Hurren after meeting her in Twickenham's famous west car park at a rugby match.[4]

Since 2004 he has run a successful, high-end travel and sporting hospitality company, using his initials as its name, VU Ltd.


  1. ^ "The Third Heineken Cup Final". 31 January 1998. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Secret Of My Success: Victor Ubogu". The Independent. 1999-04-11. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  3. ^ Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 18 February 2001. ITV. Repeated 25 August 2016 on Challenge TV. 
  4. ^ "Trainer's wife weds her toyboy". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 

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