The Info List - Nigel Melville

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Nigel David Melville (born 6 January 1961) is a former England national rugby union team scrum half and captain and currently serves as Director of Professional Rugby for Rugby Football Union. Melville became the youngest player to captain England on his début when he led them against Australia in November 1984. He went on to make another twelve appearances over the next four years.


1 Playing career 2 Coaching and management 3 References 4 External links

Playing career[edit]

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Melville attended Aireborough Grammar School and North East London polytechnic. He played club rugby for Otley R.U.F.C., Wakefield RFC and Wasps FC. Melville was captain of the England Schools 19 age group on their tour to New Zealand and Australia in 1979, England B – the youngest captain at the time, England Under 23 on their tour of Romania in 1983. Melville earned 13 caps for England.[1] He captained the full England side seven times, winning four games. Melville toured with England to Argentina in 1981, North America in 1982 and New Zealand in 1985. Melville was a replacement for the injured Terry Holmes on the British Lions tour to New Zealand in 1983 but picked up a spinal injury in his second game and took no further part on the tour. Melville's career was blighted by a number of serious injuries including a serious neck injury, shoulder damage, five knee operations and a chipped ankle. These partly restricted the number of matches he played for England. Coaching and management[edit] During his playing career, Melville was the Head of UK Promotions for Nike working alongside elite athletes from a wide range of sports. On retirement, Melville entered coaching and as Director of Rugby at London Wasps, Melville coached the team to their first professional Premiership title in 1996, followed by three National Cup Final appearances, winning two. In March 2002 he moved to Gloucester Rugby, winning the Zurich Championship Final (the year before winning the play-offs constituted winning the English title), Powergen Cup and topped the Zurich Premiership
Zurich Premiership
table by a record 15 clear points. He left in 2005.[2] Melville was appointed CEO and President of Rugby Operations for USA Rugby on 11 October 2006. At the time his Roberts' appointment, USA Rugby had 80,000 registered players in the U.S.[3] One of the goals that USA Rugby
USA Rugby
chairman Kevin Roberts set for Melville in 2006 was for the U.S. national team to reach the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.[4] Under Melville's tenure, USA Rugby
USA Rugby
began its "rookie rugby" program, exposing young people to the sport of rugby. Melville predicted in 2012 that professional rugby would come to the United States by 2015.[5] He stepped down from his position with USA Rugby effective 30 June 2016.[6] Melville started as Director of Professional Rugby for England's Rugby Football Union in July 2016.[7] References[edit]

^ "Melville secures USA Rugby
USA Rugby
role", BBC Sport, 12 October 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2015. ^ Gloucester and Melville part company ^ "Rugby reborn in the USA", BBC Sport, 13 October 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2015. ^ "Rugby reborn in the USA", BBC Sport, 13 October 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2015. ^ "Are Americans warming up to rugby? Why it may be the sport's time to shine", Guardian, 24 June 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2014. ^ http://www.usarugby.org/2016/04/nigel-melville-to-step-down-as-ceo-of-usa-rugby-rugby-international-marketing ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/news/melville-join-rugby-football-union/

Scotland v England official match programme 15 February 1986

External links[edit]

"Nigel Melville—Biography". sporting-heroes.net.  "Nigel Melville—Statistics". sporting-heroes.net.  Wasps Profile

Sporting positions

Preceded by John Scott Paul Dodge Mike Harrison English National Rugby Union Captain Nov 1984 1986 Mar 1988 Succeeded by Paul Dodge Richard Hill John Orwin

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English national rugby union team captains

To 1900

1871–1873: Frederick Stokes 1874: Alfred St. George Hamersley 1875: Henry Arnold Lawrence 1875–1876: Francis Luscombe 1877–Mar 1878: Edward Kewley Mar 1878: Murray Wyatt Marshall 1879: Frank Reginald Adams 1880–1881: Lennard Stokes Feb 1882: Charles Gurdon Mar 1882: A. N. Hornby Dec 1882–1885: Edward Temple Gurdon Jan–Feb 1886: Charles John Bruce Marriott Mar 1886: Edward Temple Gurdon 1887: Alan Rotherham 1889: Fred Bonsor Feb 1890: Andrew Stoddart Mar 1890: John Lawrence Hickson Mar 1890: Andrew Stoddart 1891–Jan 1892: Frederic Alderson Feb 1892: Sammy Woods Mar 1892: Frederic Alderson Jan 1893: Andrew Stoddart Feb 1893: Sammy Woods Mar 1893: Andrew Stoddart Jan–Feb 1894: Richard Lockwood Mar 1894: Ernest Taylor 1895: Sammy Woods 1896: Ernest Taylor Mar 1896: Frank Mitchell 1897: Ernest Taylor 1898: J. F. Byrne 1899: Arthur Rotherham

To the First World War

Jan 1900: Richard Cattell 1900: John Daniell Jan 1901: John Taylor Feb–Mar 1901: William Bunting Jan 1902: Harry Alexander Feb–Mar 1902: John Daniell Jan–Feb 1903: Bernard Oughtred Mar 1903: Toggie Kendall Jan 1904: Frank Moxon Stout Feb–Mar 1904: John Daniell Jan–Mar 1905: Frank Moxon Stout Dec 1905 - Dec 1906: Vincent Cartwright Jan 1907: Basil Alexander Hill Feb 1907: John Green Mar 1907: Ernest Roberts Jan 1908: Thomas Kelly Jan 1908: John Birkett Feb 1908: Curly Hammond Mar 1908: Lancelot Slocock Jan 1909: George Lyon Jan–Mar 1909: Robert Dibble Jan–Feb 1910: Adrian Stoop Mar 1910: Edgar Mobbs Mar 1910-Feb 1911: John Birkett Mar 1911: Anthony Henniker-Gotley Jan–Mar 1912: Robert Dibble Apr 1912–Mar 1913: Norman Wodehouse 1914: Ronald Poulton

To the Second World War

1920: J. E. Greenwood 1921: Dave Davies Jan 1922: Bruno Brown Feb 1922–1923: Dave Davies 1924–1926: Wavell Wakefield 1927: Leonard Corbett 1928–Feb 1929: Ronald Cove-Smith Mar 1929–Feb 1930: Joe Periton Feb 1930–Jan 1931: Sam Tucker Feb 1931: Peter Howard Mar 1931–Jan 1933: Carl Aarvold Feb–Mar 1933: Tony Novis 1934: Bernard Gadney Jan–Feb 1935: Douglas Kendrew Mar 1935–Mar 1936: Bernard Gadney 1937: Tuppy Owen-Smith Jan–Feb 1938: Peter Cranmer Mar 1938–Mar 1939: Henry Toft

To the Professional Era

Jan–Feb 1947: Joe Mycock Mar–Apr 1947: Jack Heaton Jan 1948: Edward Scott Jan 1948: Tommy Kemp Feb–Mar 1948: Edward Scott Mar 1948: Bob Weighill Jan–Feb 1949: Nim Hall Feb 1949-Mar 1950: Ivor Preece Jan 1951: Vic Roberts Feb–Mar 1951: John Kendall-Carpenter Jan 1952-Mar 1953: Nim Hall 1954: Bob Stirling Jan–Feb 1955: Nim Hall Feb–Mar 1955: Peter Dalton Young Jan 1956–Mar 1958: Eric Evans 1959: Jeffrey Butterfield 1960–1962: Dickie Jeeps Jan–Mar 1963: Richard Sharp May–Jun 1963: Mike Weston Jan–Feb 1964: John Willcox Feb–Mar 1964: Ron Jacobs 1965: David Perry 1966: Budge Rogers Jan 1967: Richard Sharp Feb–Nov 1967: Philip Judd Jan–Feb 1968: Colin McFadyean Feb–Mar 1968: Mike Weston Feb 1969: Dick Greenwood Feb–Apr 1969: Budge Rogers Dec 1969-Mar 1970: Bob Hiller Apr 1970: Bob Taylor Jan 1971: Tony Bucknall Feb 1971: John Spencer Feb 1971: Bob Hiller Mar–Apr 1971: John Spencer Jan–Feb 1972: Bob Hiller Feb–Mar 1972: Peter Dixon Jun 1972–Mar 1974: John Pullin Jan–Feb 1975: Fran Cotton Mar–May 1975: Tony Neary May 1975: John Pullin Jan–Mar 1976: Tony Neary 1977: Roger Uttley 1978: Bill Beaumont Feb 1979: Roger Uttley Feb 1979–Jan 1982: Bill Beaumont Feb 1982–Feb 1983: Steve Smith Mar 1983: John Scott Nov 1983–Mar 1984: Peter Wheeler Jun 1984: John Scott Nov 1984: Nigel Melville 1985: Paul Dodge 1986: Nigel Melville Feb–Mar 1987: Richard Hill Apr 1987–Feb 1988: Mike Harrison Mar 1988: Nigel Melville Apr–Jun 1988: John Orwin Jun 1988: Richard Harding Nov 1988-Mar 1989: Will Carling May 1989: Rob Andrew Nov 1989–May 1995: Will Carling May 1995: Rob Andrew Jun 1995: Will Carling

To the Present Day

Nov 1995-Mar 1996: Will Carling Nov 1996: Phil de Glanville Dec 1996: Jason Leonard Feb–Jul 1997: Phil de Glanville Nov 1997–Apr 1998: Lawrence Dallaglio Jun 1998: Tony Diprose Jun–Jul 1998: Matt Dawson Nov 1998: Martin Johnson Nov 1998–Apr 1999: Lawrence Dallaglio Jun–Oct 1999: Martin Johnson Feb–Apr 2000: Matt Dawson Jun 2000–Apr 2001: Martin Johnson Jun 2001: Kyran Bracken Oct 2001: Matt Dawson Nov 2001: Neil Back Nov 2001–Mar 2002: Martin Johnson Mar–Apr 2002: Neil Back Jun 2002: Phil Vickery Nov 2002–Feb 2003: Martin Johnson Mar 2003: Jonny Wilkinson Mar–Jun 2003: Martin Johnson Aug 2003: Jason Leonard Aug 2003: Dorian West Sep–Oct 2003: Martin Johnson Nov 2003: Phil Vickery Nov 2003: Martin Johnson Feb–Jun 2004: Lawrence Dallaglio Nov 2004-Feb 2005: Jason Robinson Mar 2005-Mar 2006: Martin Corry Jun 2006: Pat Sanderson Nov 2006: Martin Corry Feb 2007: Phil Vickery Mar 2007: Mike Catt May 2007: Jason Robinson Jun 2007: Jonny Wilkinson Aug 2007: Phil Vickery Aug 2007: Mike Catt Aug–Sep 2007: Phil Vickery Sep 2007: Martin Corry Oct 2007–Feb 2008: Phil Vickery Feb 2008: Steve Borthwick Feb-Mar 2008: Phil Vickery Jun 2008–Mar 2010: Steve Borthwick Mar 2010–Nov 2010: Lewis Moody Nov 2010: Nick Easter Nov 2010: Lewis Moody Feb 2011: Mike Tindall Aug 2011: Lewis Moody Aug 2011–Sep 2011: Mike Tindall Sep 2011: Lewis Moody[n1] Sep 2011: Simon Shaw[n1] Oct 2011: Lewis Moody Feb–Jun 2012: Chris Robshaw Jun 2012: Dylan Hartley Nov 2012–Mar 2013: Chris Robshaw Jun 2013: Tom Wood Nov 2013–Oct 2015: Chris Robshaw Feb 2016– : Dylan Hartley

[n1] Lewis Moody
Lewis Moody
was substituted in the England vs Georgia match on 18 September 2011, and Simon Shaw
Simon Shaw
was confirmed as captain for the remai