Willi Heinz (born (1986-11-24)24 November 1986) is a New Zealand-born rugby union player who represents England. He plays as a scrum-half for Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. He previously played for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby and for Canterbury in the ITM Cup.

Willi Heinz
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Birth nameWilli Heinz
Date of birth (1986-11-24) 24 November 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthChristchurch, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Height181.5 cm (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb; 196 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-Half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–present Gloucester 80 (65)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–15 Canterbury 52 (61)
Correct as of 19 October 2014
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–15 Crusaders 58 (22)
Correct as of 3 August 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2019 England 4 (0)
Correct as of 17 September 2019

Heinz played four years in his XV rugby team at school, which is a record for the school.

On 24 February 2015, English Premiership club Gloucester Rugby announced his signing for the start of the 2015–16 season.[1]

In May 2017 he was invited to a training camp with the senior England squad by Eddie Jones.[2] Willi Heinz qualifies to represent England through his grandmother.[3]

In August 2019 he was selected as the starting scrum-half and vice-captain for England’s first summer international against Wales. That game marked his international debut for the England national team. Only one day after his international debut, Heinz was named in the England 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


  1. ^ "Gloucester sign Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz". Sky Sports. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  2. ^ "England rugby: Willi Heinz and Jason Woodward selected for training camp". BBC. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Heinz honours grandmother with England call-up". Sport. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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