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Graham Rowntree
England
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Full name Christopher Graham Rowntree
Born April 18, 1971, Stockton-on-Tees
Current age 43 years 186 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, Leicester Tigers, England
Position Prop
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 241 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1995-2006 57 48 9 0 0 0 0 0 38 18 1 67.54
England 1995-2006 54 47 7 0 0 0 0 0 38 16 0 70.37
British and Irish Lions 2005-2005 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 16.66
Five/Six Nations 1995-2005 24 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 17 7 0 70.83
IRB Rugby World Cup 1995-1999 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 100.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Scotland at Twickenham, Mar 18, 1995 match details
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Jun 17, 2006 match details
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English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 1997-2006 150 129 21 20 4 0 0 0 106 34 10 74.00
Leicester Tigers 1997-2006 150 129 21 20 4 0 0 0 106 34 10 74.00
Profile

A rugged and reliable loose-head prop, Rowntree won a total of 54 caps for England in an 11-year international between 1995 and 2006 and appeared three times for the British & Irish Lions.

He made his England debut as a replacement for Jason Leonard against Scotland in 1995 and would go on to feature at that year's Rugby World Cup. Selection for the 1997 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa followed where he was a key member of the midweek side but failed to earn a Test cap. He appeared at his second World Cup in 1999 but was overlooked for the 2001 Lions tour to Australia.

A member of England's Six Nations Grand Slam side in 2003, he was unlucky to miss out on the squad that travelled to Australia and eventually won the World Cup. Coach Clive Woodward later admitted the decision to leave Rowntree behind was one of the hardest decisions he had to make during his tenure.

Rowntree returned to the England ranks in 2004 and finally earned his first Lions cap in 2005 when he played in the warm-up game against Argentina before appearing as a replacement in the final two Test matches against New Zealand.

A veteran of 398 appearances for Leicester between 1990-2007, he was twice a winner of the Heineken Cup with the Tigers and he also won four Premiership titles, two Pilkington Cups and a Courage league crown at club level.

He retired in 2007 after a 17-year playing career and joined the Tigers' backroom staff from where he made a rapid rise up the coaching ranks.

He joined the England National Academy in June 2007 and was soon appointed an England Specialist Coach with specific focus on the scrum. The following year he was elevated to assistant coach under new England manager Martin Johnson and in December 2008 he was unveiled as part of the Lions' coaching team for the tour to South Africa in 2009.

He was the only coach to emerge with credit from England's troubled 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign and was later named as an assistant to interim head coach Stuart Lancaster for the 2012 Six Nations. When Lancaster's role was made permanent, Rowntree's presence in the England camp was confirmed.

On the back of his work with England's forwards, Rowntree was named as an assistant coach for the British & Irish Lions' tour of Australia - preprising a role he performed for the Lions in South Africa in 2009.

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Mike Catt, Graham Rowntree, Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell with the Triple Crown
Mike Catt, Graham Rowntree, Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell with the Triple Crown
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Graham Rowntree ponder a question at a media conference
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Lions coach Graham Rowntree catches up with Warren Gatland
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