Will Greenwood MBE

Will Greenwood MBE

Will was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, the son of former England Captain and England Head Coach Dick Greenwood. He spent his early childhood in Italy as his father moved there to teach and to play Rugby in Rome.

Will moved back to Lancashire and won a sports bursary to Sedbergh School and went on to represent Lancashire Schools at both Rugby and Cricket.

From Sedbergh to Durham University, Will graduated in 1994 with a degree in Economics and moved to London to work as a trader at Midland Global Markets.

In those days Rugby Union was still an amateur game and like a few others in the City, he made his way down to Harlequins in the evenings to train and played on the weekends. At the end of the season, he made the England ‘A’ side touring with them to Australia.

In 1996, Will started his professional career at Leicester assisting them in their victory in the Pilkington Cup and reaching the final of the European Cup. He was subsequently selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. The Lions triumphed over the then current World Champions. However, he might be more well-known for being laid out unconscious after an awkward tackle. The collision caused him to swallow his tongue and stop breathing for several minutes.

The 1997/98 season saw Will make his full debut under Clive Woodward for England against Australia in an autumn series of internationals. Despite missing virtually the whole of the 1998/99 season, he was selected for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and played his part although England were to lose to South Africa and the boot of Jannie De Beer.

At the start of the 2000/01 season, Will moved back to Harlequins after four years at Leicester and he was a key figure in helping the club to reach the final of Tetley’s Bitter Cup and claim victory over Narbonne in the final of the European Shield.

The highlight of Will’s career was undoubtedly the 2003 season which was dominated by the Rugby World Cup in Australia.


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