Will Greenwood is one of the finest players to ever represent England. Discover the career of this World Cup winner with RugbyPass, your resident rugby gurus.
Will Greenwood Bio
Will Greenwood is a giant of English rugby who was capped more than 50 times by his country. A centre for Harlequins, Leicester and England, he was part of the England team that won the Rugby World Cup in 2003. Will Greenwood was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.
Born 20 October 1972, Will Greenwood played several sports as a child. Notably, he played cricket for Lancashire Schools before he decided to concentrate on rugby. Due to the fact that rugby was not a professional sport at the start of his career, he worked as a trader at a bank before he joined Harlequins in 1994.
His first stint at Harlequins proved short lived because the presence of Will Carling meant he struggled to get much first team action. As a result, he left the side in 1996 and signed for Leicester Tigers.
For Leicester, Will Greenwood formed a formidable partnership with Jeremy Guscott. However, by 2000, he was suffering from poor form and he decided to return to Harlequins after making more than 150 appearances for Leicester. He then stayed with Harlequins for the rest of his domestic career before he retired in 2006. In his final season with the club, he helped them return to the top flight.
Although he enjoyed a highly successful domestic career, Will Greenwood is best known for his international performances. Between 1997 and 2004, he was capped 55 times by England and was selected for three British and Irish Lions tours. On the first of these tours in 1997, he’d yet to be capped by England.
However, the highlight of Will Greenwood’s career is undoubtedly the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He played a vital role as England won the tournament and finished as the tournament’s joint top try scorer.
After retiring from the game in 2006, Will Greenwood took up a job as an analyst for Sky Sports. Today, he regularly works as a pundit for live rugby matches and also writes a column for the Daily Telegraph. In addition, he also undertakes a lot of charity work and holds corporate positions.
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