Peter Rossborough

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Peter Rossborough
Birth namePeter Alec Rossborough
Date of birth (1948-06-30) 30 June 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth Coventry, England [1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Senior career
Coventry R.F.C. ()
National team(s)
1971-1975Flag of England.svg  England 7 Pts:34;

Peter Rossborough (born 30 June 1948) is a former a rugby union international who represented England from 1971 to 1975. [1] He played club rugby for Coventry R.F.C. during the 1970s.

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Coventry R.F.C. English rugby union club

Coventry Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in Coventry, England. The club enjoyed great success during the 1960s and 70s, with many players representing their countries. Coventry's home ground is the Butts Park Arena, which opened in 2004. Between 1921 and 2004, the club played at Coundon Road. The club have recently been promoted into the RFU Championship following their promotion from the 2017–18 National League 1.


Personal life

A native of Coventry, Rossborough attended King Henry VIII School and played rugby for his school. [1] [2] He studied at Durham University, where he played for the university rugby team, graduating in 1971. [3] [4] Rossborough was for many years a teacher by profession and reached the position of headmaster. [5]

King Henry VIII School, Coventry Private day school in Coventry, England

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Durham University collegiate public research university in Durham, United Kingdom

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Rugby union career

Rossborough made his international debut aged 22 on 16 January 1971 at Cardiff Arms Park in the Wales vs England match. [1] Of the 7 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 2 occasions. [1] He played his final match for England on 1 February 1975 at Twickenham in the England vs France match. [1]

Cardiff Arms Park Sports venue in Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff Arms Park, also known as The Arms Park and the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park for sponsorship reasons from September 2014, is situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. It is primarily known as a rugby union stadium, but it also has a bowling green. The Arms Park was host to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958, and hosted four games in the 1991 Rugby World Cup, including the third-place play-off. The Arms Park also hosted the inaugural Heineken Cup Final of 1995–96 and the following year in 1996–97.

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France national rugby union team national rugby union team representing France

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As a Rugby sevens player, Peter had much success. He was a member of the England team that won the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament, the first sevens tournament with national representative sides, and he went on to manage the England squad that won the inaugural World Cup Sevens held in 1993.

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Rugby sevens, and originally known as seven-a-side rugby, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40 minute halves. Rugby sevens is administered by World Rugby, the body responsible for rugby union worldwide. The game is popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, and is popular in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and especially in the South Pacific.

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Rossborough was also a member of the Coventry R.F.C. team which won the John Player Cup in both 1973 and 1974.

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  3. "Memorable Durham season". Evening Chronicle. 3 May 2004. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  4. "December Congregation". Durham University Gazette (19): 24. 31 December 1971.
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