Nigel Starmer-Smith
Nigel Starmer-Smith
Full name Nigel Christopher Starmer-Smith
Date of birth 25 December 1944(1944-12-25)
Place of birth Cheltenham, England
School Magdalen College School, Oxford
University University College, Oxford
Occupation(s) teacher, commentator, journalist
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Oxford University RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1969–1971 England 7 (0)

Nigel Starmer-Smith (25 December 1944)[1] is a former international rugby union player, who is now a respected British rugby journalist and commentator.

Playing career

Starmer-Smith played scrum-half for Oxford University (as a student at University College, Oxford) before progressing to senior club, Harlequins. During the 1966-67 season, while still at Oxford he was selected to play for British rugby's foremost invitational team the Barbarians. In 1969 he was selected to play for England against a touring South Africa side.[2]

He has edited Rugby World magazine and for 15 years introduced Rugby Special for the BBC. He has also commentated on Olympic hockey for the BBC but had to make way for Barry Davies for the 1988 Olympic Final.

In the late 1960s he taught geography at Epsom College.

During the 2003 World Cup in Australia, Starmer-Smith commentated for ITV Sport's coverage.

Starmer-Smith has been the lead television commentator on the IRB Sevens World Series for a number of years. He is also lead columnist for the global rugby sevens portal,


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