Trevor Woodman MBE

Trevor Woodman MBE

Trevor Woodman, one of England’s most successful Loose-Head Props, was born in Liskeard, Cornwall. He left Cornwall when he was 18 to play full-time Rugby at Bath. In 1996 he transferred from Bath to Gloucester, where over eight seasons he made 123 appearances in all competitions and scored 12 tries.

In 1999 Trevor broke in to the England side as a replacement against the USA in a warm-up match and his subsequent caps came from the bench until he faced the All Blacks at Twickenham in 2002. This was the first match he started for England and he made a great impression, being described by the RFU as ‘extremely tough and uncompromising’. Unfortunately a neck injury forced him to withdraw from the remaining two Autumn Internationals and he was out for three months.

Gloucester were unstoppable in the 2002/3 season, winning 17 games out of 22, finishing top of the Premiership with 82 points ahead of London Wasps in second place with 67 points. Fans and players were bitterly disappointed when Wasps won in the Zurich Premiership final and Gloucester were robbed of the title.

After a disappointing finish in the 2003 league, Trevor travelled to Australia for The Rugby World Cup, for what turned out to be the Sporting event of the year.

Trevor played in all games except one throughout the tournament, the climax of the trip being his presence in the starting line for England in the final in Sydney, which was by far the closest and most exciting game of the Championship. The tournament added 9 Caps and a World Cup Winners medal to his career, along with plenty of awards and media attention for all the England Team.

Gloucester finished in fourth place in 2004, securing a place in the following years Heineken European Cup.

After nine years at Gloucester, Trevor announced his move from the club in May 2004 to Sale Sharks for the 2004/05 season. He began pre-season training in July after returning from England’s tour to the Southern Hemisphere and tragically suffered a career ending back injury while training in the Gym. 

After much advice from experts, physiotherapy and rehabilitation Trevor had to make the decision to retire from professional rugby at the end of August 2005.

Trevor moved to Australia at the start of his coaching career, working for Sydney University before becoming National Scrum Coach with the Australian Rugby Union, before returning to the UK to take on the role of Forwards Coach at London Wasps, where he worked for 4 years.

Since then he has worked with his local Radio station commentating on Gloucester’s matches, writing for the Guardian and working with the RFU in relation to the Six Nations. He is also an ambassador for International Animal Rescue

Trevor joined Gloucester Rugby as Forwards Coach in March 2014.

 

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November 2017

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