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William Henry "Dusty" Hare MBE (born 29 November 1952) is a former international England rugby union footballer, who played fullback.

Dusty Hare
Birth nameWilliam Henry Hare
Date of birth (1952-11-29) 29 November 1952 (age 66)
Place of birthNewark-on-Trent, England
SchoolMagnus Grammar School
Occupation(s)Leicester Tigers Chief Scout
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1971 - 1976
1976 - 1989
Nottingham R.F.C.
Leicester Tigers
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1974 - 1984
British Lions
25 (240)
Dusty Hare
Cricket information
BattingRight handed
BowlingRight-arm medium pace
Domestic team information
1971 - 1977Nottinghamshire
First-class debut30 June 1971 Nottinghamshire v Oxford University
Last First-class25 May 1977 Nottinghamshire v Essex
List A debut20 August 1972 Nottinghamshire v Northamptonshire
Last List A25 June 1975 Nottinghamshire v Sussex
Career statistics
Competition FC List A
Matches 10 7
Runs scored 171 58
Batting average 12.21 11.6
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 36 24
Balls bowled 24 0
Wickets 0 N/A
Bowling average N/A N/A
5 wickets in innings 0 N/A
10 wickets in match 0 N/A
Best bowling 0-18 N/A
Catches/stumpings 5/0 3/1
Source: [1], 4 December 2008

Hare currently holds the world record for points scored in a first-class rugby career with 7,337 points.[1]

He was born in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire and attended the Magnus Grammar School (now Magnus Church of England School).

Rugby careerEdit

Hare played for Newark RUFC & Nottingham R.F.C. before joining Leicester Tigers and playing nearly 400 games for them.

He made his England debut 16 March 1974 in a match against Wales, and played his final game ten years later on, having gained 25 caps. He toured with the British Lions to New Zealand in 1983.

He retired from club rugby after the 1989 cup final loss to Bath, and is now the chief scout at Northampton Saints. Previous to this job, Hare was a farmer in South Clifton, Nottinghamshire and had been since a young man carrying on the family business. However, Hare sold the farm in 2001 to take a full-time job at Leicester Tigers working for the academy and latterly as head scout.

In January 2010 it was announced that he was to join Northampton Saints.

Cricket careerEdit

Hare was also a good cricketer, and he played ten first-class and seven List A matches for Nottinghamshire between 1971 and 1977. He played regularly for the Nottinghamshire Second XI and Under-25s between 1969 and 1978.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dusty Hare: From Tiger to Saint". Northampton Saints. 14 April 2016.

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