Peter Wheeler (rugby union)

For other people named Peter Wheeler, see Peter Wheeler (disambiguation).
Peter Wheeler
Full name Peter John Wheeler
Date of birth (1948-11-26) 26 November 1948
Place of birth London, England
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1969–1985[1] Leicester Tigers 349[2]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1977, 1980
British Lions[3]

Peter John Wheeler (born 26 November 1948) is a former England international rugby union player who played hooker and was Chief Executive of Leicester Tigers.

Early life

Wheeler attended Brockley County Grammar School and went on to play for Old Brockleians Rugby Club and Kent for three seasons.

Playing career

Wheeler was considered a tough and technically proficient hooker and was integral to Leicester's innovative and expansive style of play.[4] Wheeler captained Leicester Tigers to three consecutive wins in the John Player Cup from 1979 to 1981 and played 349 games for the club from 1969 to 1985.

He was an early advocate of league rugby in the 1980s.[5]

He made his England debut on 1 February 1975 against France, and his last appearance on 17 March 1984 against Wales, gaining 41 caps in between, including 5 as captain.[6]

He went on the 1977 British Lions tour to New Zealand and the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa.

Rugby administration

Wheeler coached Tigers in the inaugural league season which ended with them as champions. He then joined the Tigers organising committee.

When open professionalism was declared in 1996 he has was appointed the Chief Executive of Leicester Tigers[2] and held the position until 2010 when he was appointed "Rugby Director", though this saw little change to his day to day role.[7] He retired in 2015 and was made a life member of Leicester, who he had served in various roles over 40 years.[8]


  1. Leicester Tigers board
  2. 1 2 Leicester Tigers Official yearbook 2008–09. Leicester Tigers. 2008. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-9554366-2-8.
  3. Lions profile
  4. "Peter Wheeler". Rugby World. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  5. Farmer, Stuart; Hands, David. Tigers - Official history of Leicester Football Club. The Rugby DevelopmentFoundation. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-9930213-0-5.
  6. "Peter Wheeler". ESPNscrum. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  7. "Peter Wheeler takes up new rugby director role at Leicester Tigers". Leicester Mercury. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  8. "Wheeler becomes Tigers Life Member" (Press release). 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Scott
English National Rugby Union Captain
Succeeded by
John Scott

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