Gareth Chilcott

Gareth Chilcott

England International’s Gareth Chilcott is one of the most unforgettable and charismatic characters in modern rugby. During a seventeen year career with Bath, England and the British Lions, Gareth Chilcott’s robustness on the field inspired such affectionate nicknames as Sledgehammer, The Mad Axeman, Sumo and The Terminator (and these were coined by his teammates!)

Gareth Chilcott Rugby Achievements

Gareth Chilcott’s prowess as one of rugby’s greatest loose head props is legendary. Five Courage League Division One Championships, seven John Player / Pilkington cup winners medals, an England career that encompassed Five Nations Championship successes, appearances in the 1987 World Cup, a touring lion who played a significant role in the glorious Test win over Australia in 1989 – all testimony to a glittering rugby career at the highest level.


Gareth is a pundit for ITV Sport. He has also appeared on many other TV shows, including Casualty, They Think It’s All Over and Through the Keyhole. He took part in a rugby special of Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me in 2011, with Martin Offiah, Victor Ubogu and Kyran Bracken.


Gareth is an active Honorary President of the rugby charity Wooden Spoon, improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Britain and Ireland. He is also an ambassador for SOS International Rugby Board Kit Aid, which is a ‘green’ rugby project that gives less-advantaged children around the world a chance to play rugby in emerging nations through the collection and distribution of unused/unwanted recycled rugby kit from the UK and Ireland.

After dinner speaker

Gareth’s amazingly funny rugby anecdotes have been enjoyed at sporting dinners and company events all around the country. His considerable sporting experience, combined with his pleasing manner, informed approach and articulate delivery, make him a natural choice for personal appearances, motivational and after dinner speaking, as well as corporate days and promotions

Gareth Chilcott book

In ‘My Favourite Rugby Stories’, Gareth recalls the highs and lows, the greatest moments, the humour and repartee, the anecdotes and stories that have made his life in rugby as rich and fulfilling as it has been high profile.

Tales from the dressing room

Gareth tells the hilarious stories top international rugby players exchange when the heat of the match cools and rugby camaraderie revitalises tired limbs. There is Gareth’s highly embarrassing first encounter with England manager Jack Rowell; the player who borrowed Will Carling’s towel with alarming results; the shortest team talk ever given by an England coach – two words; the waiter who rebuffed a top RFU official; the cheekiest Rolex watch in the world; and the time when ‘Twist and Shout’ meant something completely different to French giant Garuet.

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