Jeff Probyn

Jeff Probyn

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  • 37 England Caps

Jeff Probyn was born 27 April 1956 in Bethnal Green, London is an English former Rugby Union player.

The Askeans, Streatham and Wasps prop was selected in England’s squad for the 1987 Rugby World Cup but Probyn did not make his international debut until 1988, at the age of 31, against France. Left out of the 1993 Lions squad that toured New Zeland, Probyn toured South Africa with a World XV in 1989, and was a member of the Wasps side that won the English Courage League in 1990. Along with Stuart Barnes, Wade Dooley, Mike Teague, Peter Winterbottom and Jon Webb, Probyn wore the England shirt for the last time in a 17-3 defeat by Ireland at Lansdown Road in 1993. In total, he won 37 caps for England and scored 3 tries.

Probyn was fairly slight for a modern international Prop, and a good part of his effectiveness can be explained by his unusual physique: his bony shoulders sloped at a sharp angle, and his hips were widely set.

At one stage Probyn was voted the best prop in the world and as such was part of many advertising campaigns including those for Nike and Cotton Traders.

Due to Probyn’s exceptional scrummaging techniques some players took to cutting off the sleeves of their shirts as they believed this was how Jeff managed to get so low down in the scrum and would use the sleeves as leverage. After Probyn continued to keep the scrum incredibly low, it was evident that their sleeve cutting was unnecessary.

After retirement from playing, Probyn was a member of Club England, the Rugby Football Union Committee. He was the manager of the England U21 team from 1994 to 1997 during which time he introduced Clive Woodward and Andy Robinson as coaches to representative rugby. After managing the U21 teams tour of Australia, where they played as a warm up for the first ever Cooke cup game between England and Australia, he returned to the RFU council and sat on the Club England group that elected Woodward as England coach. He sat on the 2006 review that saw the replacement of England’s world cup winning coaches with the current team, led by Martin Johnson.

After leaving the RFU, Probyn was critical of cross-code transfers, such as that of Andy Farrell.

He also formed The Front Row Union Club F.R.U.C with fellow international front-row forwards Brian Moore and Paul Rendall.

Probyn is an Honorary President of Wooden Spoon, the charity of British and Irish rugby.

Probyn is also a regular on Talk Sport as their expert on Full Contact.

37 caps (+ 1 nonofficial) for England

8 games in 1988, 3 in 1989, 7 in 1990, 11 in 1991, 4 in 1992, 4 in 1993

Five Nations tournaments: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 1992 1993

World Cups: 1991, 5 matches

Jeff is available for Sporting Dinners, Lunches and will consider all types of other events.