John Willcox
Birth nameJohn Graham Willcox
Date of birth (1937-02-16) 16 February 1937 (age 86)
Place of birthSutton Coldfield
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)


British Lions

5 (Conv:1;Pens:1)

John Graham Willcox (born 16 February 1937 in Sutton Coldfield) is a rugby union international who represented England from 1961 to 1964, and the British Lions in 1962.[1] He also captained his country.[1]

Early life

John Willcox was born on 16 February 1937 at Sutton Coldfield[1] to confectioner's agent Arthur Willcox (1891-1967) and Helen Patience (1905-1971), née Davies; he had a wealthy upbringing. His sister was the eventer Sheila Willcox.[2][3] He played rugby as a full-back.

Rugby union career

His club team was Harlequins.[4]

Willcox made his international debut on 11 February 1961 at Lansdowne Road in the Ireland vs England match.[1] Of the 19 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 6 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 21 March 1964 at Murrayfield in the Scotland vs England match.[1]

He took part in the 1962 British Lions tour to South Africa, playing in three test matches.

After he retired from playing, he was for many years the rugby coach and a teacher at Ampleforth College.


  1. ^ a b c d e f John Willcox Profile on
  2. ^ Skillen, Fiona I. (2021). "Willcox, Sheila Mary (1936–2017), equestrienne and eventer". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.90000380386. ISBN 978-0-19-861412-8.
  3. ^ Britain's Olympic Women: A History, Jean Williams, Taylor & Francis, 2020
  4. ^ "FROM OUR RUGBY FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT. "Warwick Look To Mighty Pack." Times, 14 Mar. 1964, p. 4". The Times. Times Digital Archives. 14 March 1964. p. 4.