Peter Dixon
Birth namePeter John Dixon
Date of birth(1944-04-30)30 April 1944
Place of birthKeighley, West Yorkshire, England
Date of death2 August 2023(2023-08-02) (aged 79)
Place of deathCumbria, England
UniversityDurham University (Grey College) Postgraduate at Oxford University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1967–1970 Oxford University RFC
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
British Lions

Peter-John Dixon (30 April 1944 – 2 August 2023) was an England international rugby union player.[1]

Dixon played for Oxford University RFC in four consecutive Varsity Matches from 1967 to 1970. He played for Cumberland at county level alongside David Robinson and Butler in the back row and with Cowman at fly half. The northern section of the county championship found him playing against Gosforth and later England colleague Roger Utley and against Alan Old and Warfield (Yorkshire) and Tony Neary, Fran Cotton, Bill Beaumont and Mike Slemen (Lancashire). With several of these he played in the Northwest Counties team that in 1972, at Workington, became the first regional team to defeat a New Zealand All Blacks' touring team. He also played in the North of England provincial team that beat the All Blacks in 1979.[2] He toured New Zealand in 1971 with the victorious British and Irish Lions, playing in the first, second and fourth test matches. At that time he played club rugby for Harlequins.

Dixon later worked in overseas development at Durham University, and at the University of Transkei, Institute of Adult Education.[3]

Peter Dixon died of brain cancer in Cumbria, on 2 August 2023, at the age of 79.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Peter Dixon - England". ESPN. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "The Mike Slemen Collection - World Rugby Museum". Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  3. ^ "OSM: Nostalgia - when the North beat the mighty All Blacks? | Sport | The Observer". Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Gosforth, England and Lions great Peter Dixon passes away". Newcastle Falcons. 3 August 2023. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Peter-John "PJ" Dixon". The Telegraph. 5 August 2023. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Peter-John Dixon obituary". The Times. 11 August 2023. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
Sporting positions Preceded byBob Hiller English National Rugby Union Captain 1972 Succeeded byJohn Pullin