Graham Christopher Rowntree
(born 18 April 1971) is a former English rugby union
player. He played loosehead prop
for Leicester Tigers
. He was capped 54 times for England, despite having to compete for his position with the world's second most capped player, Jason Leonard
Rowntree was born in Stockton-on-Tees
. He was educated at John Cleveland College
, which has produced other rugby union players, and was known as "Wiggy" because of his haircut.
In 1988 he joined Leicester Tigers
and made his first-team debut against Oxford University in 1990. For much of that time he was in harness with the famous ‘ABC club’ alongside Richard Cockerill
and Darren Garforth
In 1993 he made his England A, Barbarians
and Midlands debuts, and on 18 March 1995 he gained his first full England cap against Scotland in the Five Nations tournament as a temporary replacement for Jason Leonard. He subsequently played in the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup
. He also made the 1997 Lions tour of South Africa, playing six games and the 99 World Cup.
After the 1999 World Cup Graham was not capped for almost 2 years until a series of fine performances for his club forced him back into international contention. He was selected for the England squad to tour Canada and the USA in 2001, participated in all that season's Autumn internationals — being named as man of the match in England's 21–15 Cook Cup victory over... Read More