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Peter James Winterbottom MBE (born 31 May 1960 in Otley, West Yorkshire), is a former England rugby union footballer who played as an openside flanker. He was England's most-capped openside (with 58 caps) until being overtaken by Neil Back in 2003. He made his England debut on 2 January 1982 against Australia, and his final appearance on 20 March 1993 against Ireland.

Peter Winterbottom
Birth namePeter James Winterbottom
Date of birth (1960-05-31) 31 May 1960 (age 59)
Place of birthOtley, West Yorkshire
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb; 207 lb)
SchoolRossall School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Hawkes Bay
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1983, 1993
British and Irish Lions

Winterbottom was known for his work rate, durability, hard tackling and courage. He was selected on two British and Irish Lions tours in 1983 and 1993, both to New Zealand, where he impressed the locals with his fine play, albeit on losing sides. He was the second England player to reach 50 caps, after Rory Underwood, and was inducted onto the Twickenham "Wall of Fame" in November 2005.[1]

Winterbottom played club rugby for Headingley, Harlequins and also for Hawkes Bay in New Zealand and Transvaal in South Africa

After rugbyEdit

Since his playing career ended, Winterbottom carved out a career in finance. He worked as a Corporate bond broker for Tullett & Tokyo Ltd and BGC Partners alongside Ben Clarke,[2] but left BGC in 2008 to join interdealer broker Creditex.[citation needed] Peter is currently Director Rugby at Esher Rugby Football Club.


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