Roger Uttley OBE MA

Roger Miles Uttley OBE MA (born 11 September 1949) is a former English rugby union player.

Roger played 23 games for England both in the second row and the back row, 5 times as captain and 4 tests in the Lions back row on the undefeated 1974 tour to South Africa.

Roger was born in Blackpool, and played first for Fylde then Gosforth before finishing his career at Wasps.

He coached the successful London and South East Divisional side in the mid to late 80s before working with Geoff Cooke to coach and guide the England XV captained by Will Carling to the final of the 1991 World Cup. He was also assistant coach to the 1989 Lions side that won the test series against Australia.

In 1997 he was asked to manage the England XV, a job he enjoyed doing despite it coinciding with the infamous tour to hell. Due to cutbacks within the RFU the post of manager became financially unviable and he lost his position along with 30 other RFU employees.

His day job has always been in teaching physical education and for 20 years he was Director of that subject at Harrow School, where in 2008 he retired to look after his wife and was succeeded by Jesse Coulson.

He is a former President of Sparks and a current council member of the same charity. He is an honorary member of Wooden Spoon the charity for disadvantaged children and young people.