Nigel Melville

Nigel Melville
Nigel Melville
Full name Nigel David Melville
Date of birth 6 January 1961 (1961-01-06) (age 50)
Place of birth Leeds, Yorkshire
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (12 st 0 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)

Otley R.U.F.C.
Wakefield RFC
Wasps FC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1984–1988  England 13 (0)
Coaching career
Years Club / team

Otley R.U.F.C.
London Wasps
Gloucester Rugby
Rugby union career

Nigel David Melville (born 6 January 1961) is a former England national rugby union team scrum half and captain.

He became the youngest player to captain England on his début when he led them against Australia in November 1984. He went onto make another twelve appearances over the next four years.

He attended Aireborough Grammar School and North East London polytechnic. He played club rugby for Otley R.U.F.C., Wakefield RFC and Wasps FC.

He 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. He captained the full England side seven times, winning four games.

He 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.

He also toured with England to Argentina in 1981, North America in 1982 and New Zealand in 1985.

His 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.

On retirement, he entered coaching and as Director of Rugby at Wasps R.F.C., Melville coached the team to their first professional Premiership title in 1996, followed by three National Cup Final appearances, winning two. In 2002 he moved to Gloucester Rugby, winning the Zurich Championship Final, Powergen Cup and topped the Zurich Premiership table by a record 15 clear points. He left in 2005[1]

During his playing career, Melville was the Head of UK Promotions for Nike working alongside elite athletes from a wide range of sports. He was appointed CEO and President of Rugby Operations for USA Rugby on 11 October 2006.


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

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