Dick Greenwood
Birth nameJohn Richard Heaton Greenwood
Date of birth (1940-09-11) 11 September 1940 (age 83)
Place of birthChorley, Lancashire, England
SchoolMerchant Taylors' School, Crosby[1]
UniversityEmmanuel College, Cambridge University[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
? to ?
Cambridge University
Scorpions RFC
Rugby Roma
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1966–1969 England 5 (3)
Correct as of 26 March 2020
Coaching career
Years Team
1983–1985 England

John Richard Heaton Greenwood OBE (born 11 September 1940) is an English former rugby union player and coach. A flanker, he played for Waterloo, Cambridge University, Lancashire and England. He later coached Preston Grasshoppers and England.


Greenwood was born in Chorley in Lancashire. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

He played for Waterloo, Cambridge University and Lancashire.

In 1966 he made his debut for England against Ireland at Twickenham. In total he won five international caps until 1969,[2] serving as captain in his last game, again against Ireland.[3] He never won a game for England, drawing one and losing four.[4]

In 1973 he was sent to Kenya by the Rugby Football Union on a coaching assignment, and while there was selected to play for The Scorpions, an East African invitation team. After this assignment he moved to Italy to play for Rugby Roma from 1973 to 1976,[5] becoming the Italian Championship's best try scorer in 1974 and 1975. So enamoured had he been by his time in Kenya that he persuaded his Italian club to tour East Africa in 1976.

After retiring from playing he coached Preston Grasshoppers. He was coach of England from 1983 to 1985, an unsuccessful period for the national team.

He remained president of Waterloo after his retirement. He is also involved in rugby league, serving as chairman and coaching the junior sides of Prestatyn and Rhyl Panthers since 2011, and is (as of 2015) on the board of directors of Wales Rugby League.[6]

Greenwood was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to rugby.[7]

Personal life

Outside rugby, Greenwood was the Assistant Bursar and a geography teacher and head of rugby at Stonyhurst College.[8]

Greenwood and his wife Sue have three children: one daughter and two sons, one of whom is Will Greenwood, who also played rugby for England. Sue is a retired teacher who taught mathematics at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall for over two decades.

Greenwood caused embarrassment for Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club in November 2021 when he arranged for Nigel Farage to speak at a sportsmans dinner at the club. When the club found out that the divisive former UKIP leader and Brexit campaigner was speaking, they cancelled the event. However, the story was covered widely by the national press after members tweeted that they were cutting up their membership cards in protest at the club being associated with Farage.


  1. ^ a b c Richards, Huw (10 September 2010). "Leading the revolution".
  2. ^ "John Richard Heaton Greenwood". ESPN scrum.
  3. ^ "Rugby Union | England | List of captains". ESPN scrum.
  4. ^ "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Player analysis - Dick Greenwood - Test matches". ESPN scrum.
  5. ^ "Greenwood's secret past". BBC. 14 March 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Wales RL recruit former England RU captain". 6 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  7. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B11.
  8. ^ "World Cup hero Will's close shave with fame". Lancashire Telegraph. 12 December 2007.
Sporting positions Preceded byMike Weston English National Rugby Union Captain 1969 Succeeded byBudge Rogers