Chris Cusiter

Chris Cusiter
Full name Christopher Peter Cusiter
Date of birth (1982-06-13) 13 June 1982
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
School Robert Gordon's College
University University of Edinburgh
Notable relative(s) Calum Cusiter, brother
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team

Watsonians RFC
Boroughmuir RFC
correct as of 12 July 2014.
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Glasgow Warriors
Border Reivers
Glasgow Warriors
Southern Districts[1]
Sale Sharks
correct as of 29 August 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions
correct as of 25 November 2014.

Christopher Peter Cusiter (born 13 June 1982) is a Scottish international rugby union player who plays at scrum-half. He currently plays for Sale Sharks, and was previously with Glasgow Warriors, Border Reivers and Perpignan.

International career

Cusiter made his first start for Scotland in the 2004 Six Nations match against Wales. Cusiter first shot to international prominence in the 2004 Autumn Internationals, where he made four length-of-the-field breaks in one match versus Australia, a match which Scotland lost 17–31.

While Cusiter enjoyed a good run of games in the Scottish national side during 2005, he has since been let down by a string of injuries. In 2005, Cusiter sustained a knee injury against Australia and upon his starting return against Italy in the 2006 Six Nations he picked up a pectoral injury. After making a substitute appearance against Romania in the 2006 Autumn tests he was given the all clear to start against the Pacific Islanders where he was once again struck with back luck and was stretchered off after 10 minutes.

Cusiter was left on the sidelines for the opening Autumn test against Argentina in favour of Mike Blair. But Cusiter returned for the matches against Samoa and New Zealand. Both players were joint-captains of Scotland for the Autumn internationals of 2009 and the 2010 Six Nations Championship.

Cusiter went on the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Club career

While still at Watsonians, Cusiter was called into the Glasgow Warriors side in the 2001–02 season. At the end of the season he had a number of games warming the bench, before making his professional debut coming on in the 79th minute against Swansea RFC in the Welsh-Scottish League in Glasgow's last game of the season.[2]

At the season end he moved back to Watsonians, but secured another professional club in 2003 when he signed for Border Reivers. The Borders side folded in 2007 and Cusiter moved to play in France. On 18 April 2007, it was announced that Cusiter would sign for the French side Perpignan.[3]

On 27 January 2009 Cusiter moved back to Scotland, securing a deal to play with Glasgow Warriors once again; this time on a three-year contract. His contract was extended and he played with Glasgow till the end of the 2013–14 season.

For the following season 2014–15, he moved to the English Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks.


Cusiter is a self-confessed fan of rugby league, following the Catalans Dragons after his two-year spell in Perpignan.[4]

Originally from Aberdeen, he attended Robert Gordon's College,[5] Cusiter studied law at the University of Edinburgh.


  3. "Cusiter signs deal with Perpignan". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 April 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  4. "Scotland union captain backs Super League". lasttackle. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  5. Tozer, Malcolm, ed. (2012). Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. p. 290. ISBN 9781908095442.
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