Dick Greenwood

Not to be confused with Jim Greenwood (rugby union).
Dick Greenwood
Full name John Richard Heaton Greenwood
Date of birth (1941-09-11) 11 September 1941
Place of birth Chorley, Lancashire, England
School Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby[1]
University Emmanuel College, Cambridge University[1]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team

? to ?
Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
Scorpions RFC
Rugby Roma
County side:
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1966-1969 England 5
correct as of 1 September 2006.
Coaching career
Years Club / team
1983–1985 England

John Richard Heaton Greenwood (born 11 September 1941 in Chorley) is a former England rugby union international flanker, captain of Waterloo, Cambridge University, Lancashire and England as well as national coach. He was for many years a coach with Preston Grasshoppers.


In 1973 he was sent to Kenya by the Rugby Football Union on a coaching assignment, and while there was selected to play for The Scorpions, the East African equivalent of the Barbarian FC. After this assignment was over he moved to Italy to play for Rugby Roma from 1973 to 1976,[2] becoming the Italian Championship's best try scorer in 1974 and 1975. So enamoured had he been by his time in Kenya that he persuaded his Italian club to tour East Africa in 1976. He was also the England National rugby coach from 1983 to 1985.

He gained five international caps between 1966 and 1969,[3] serving as captain in his last game.[4]

He is also involved in rugby league, serving as chairman and coaching the junior sides of Prestatyn and Rhyl Panthers since 2011, and is (as of 2015) on the board of directors of Wales Rugby League.[5]

Outside rugby, Greenwood was the Assistant Bursar and also a geography teacher and head of rugby at Stonyhurst College.[6]


Greenwood and his wife Sue have three children: daughter Emma and sons William and Thomas. Sue is a retired teacher who taught mathematics at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall for over two decades.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 Richards, Huw (10 September 2010). "Leading the revolution".
  2. "Greenwood's secret past". BBC. 2001-03-14. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  3. http://en.espn.co.uk/scrum/rugby/player/7091.html
  4. http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/list_of_captains.html?id=1;type=team
  5. "Wales RL recruit former England RU captain". 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  6. "World Cup hero Will's close shave with fame". Lancashire Telegraph. 12 December 2007.
  7. "A fond farewell to Mrs Susan Greenwood and Mrs Mary Turner".

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Weston
English National Rugby Union Captain
Succeeded by
Budge Rogers

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