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John Olver (rugby union)

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John Olver (rugby union)

Christopher John Olver (born Manchester, England, 23 April 1961) is an English former rugby union hooker who played for England, Northampton Saints and Harlequins.[1] Olver was known for his aggressive style of play and holds the somewhat undesirable record for spending the most number of minutes on the England substitutes bench.

Olver won his first international cap against Argentina on 3 November 1990 and would go on to gain 4 full caps for England. His international career suffered due to the form of another English hooker Brian Moore however he was still regarded as the first choice reserve hooker for the England team for much of the early nineties. In the absence of sixteen England players on tour with the British Lions, Olver was chosen as captain for the 1993 England rugby union tour of Canada and led England in the two international matches against Canada, for which full caps were not awarded.

Upon retirement Olver went into teaching and is now head rugby coach at Oundle School[1] where he is joined by another member of the 1991 World Cup squad, Simon Hodgkinson.


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