Colin Charvis

Colin Charvis
Full name Colin Lloyd Charvis
Date of birth (1972-12-27) 27 December 1972
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.90 m)
Weight 18 st 4 lb (116 kg)
School Queen Mary's Grammar School
Polytechnic of Central London
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker or No. 8
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
London Welsh
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British & Irish Lions

Colin Charvis (born 27 December 1972) is a former captain of the Welsh national rugby union team and also played for the British and Irish lions. A back row forward, Charvis was equally adept as a flanker or as the no. 8.

Charvis became the world record try scorer for a forward in test match rugby on 24 November 2007 v South Africa at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff with his 22nd international try. In 2011 he was overtaken by Takashi Kikutani of Japan on the List of leading rugby union test try scorers.

Charvis has 2 caps for the British and Irish Lions; both appearances were against Australia in 2001. Further representative honours include Wales Students, Wales U21 and Wales A.

In 2013 Charvis took on the Absa Cape Epic, an eight-day team stage race that traverses the Western Cape region of South Africa. Having ridden over 700 km with 15 000m of vertical climbing, Charvis completed the race as an Individual Finisher after his partner withdrew.

Early life

Charvis was born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham on 27 December 1972 to Lloyd and Lynne Charvis. Lloyd is now living in Kansas City, Missouri, United States and is a successful artist there. Colin began his club career with London Welsh while studying at Polytechnic of Central London.[1] He stayed at the club until 1995, when he moved to Swansea RFC.[2]

1995-2003: Swansea

His first cap for Wales was in 1996 against Australia: he went on to become team captain for a period and toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 2001.

Charvis in action against England

He remained with Swansea until changes in the Welsh club structure saw him without a contract in the period of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

2003-2007: Tarbes, Newcastle and Newport Gwent Dragons

Charvis moved briefly to Tarbes in France and then to Newcastle Falcons in England whom he also captained.

Charvis's contract with the Falcons was not renewed at the end of the 2005-6 season. He subsequently joined the Newport Gwent Dragons. He made his debut for the club in August in a pre-season friendly against the Cornish Pirates


Charvis has scored 22 tries for his country, making him the leading try scorer among all Welsh forwards. He is also one of only four forwards to score over 100 international points (John Eales, Carlo Checchinato and Takashi Kikutani are the others). He was the second most capped player for Wales and the most capped forward with 94 caps until overtaken by Martyn Williams 13 March 2010. He also featured in the 1999 Rugby World Cup and captained Wales in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

In 2000 Charvis was implicated in Grannygate as he had been first capped for Wales in 1996 while apparently ineligible. However, by the time the scandal broke he had completed the required 3 years residency period and no further action was taken.

After appearances against England, Scotland, Ireland and Italy in the 2006 RBS Six Nations Charvis had a spell away from the international scene. However, his blistering form for the Dragons throughout the 2006–2007 season saw him named in Gareth Jenkins's touring squad to Australia in May 2007.

He appeared in both Tests and following the tour, Charvis was named in Gareth Jenkins' 41-man preliminary Rugby World Cup 2007 summer training squad. He made the final 30-man squad in August after playing in the Test against England and made substitute appearances in both Invesco Perpetual Summer Series matches against Argentina and France.

Charvis made a try-scoring substitute appearance in Wales's opening Pool B match against Canada, and made the starting line-ups for the remaining Pool clashes with Australia, Japan and Fiji.

In November 2007 Wales Caretaker Coach Nigel Davies included Charvis in his starting line-up for the inaugural Prince William Cup clash with South Africa. Despite the 34-12 defeat to the reigning world champions Charvis scored his 22nd try for his country in the clash, becoming the world's top forward try-scorer to date.

2008-2010: Player-coach

Charvis was appointed to a player/coach role at Newport Gwent Dragons in July 2008. However, because of injuries amongst the playing squad Charvis returned to the team, and as a result of his excellent form he played a number of matches during the 2008-09 season, but then retired as a player in order to be full-time forwards and defence coach. He parted company with the Dragons in late September 2010.[3]

Post-professional career

After leaving his professional playing days behind Charvis toured with JML Welsh Warriors, a semi-professional rugby union team, to the annual Manila 10s tournament, winning the Cup Division in their inaugural appearance at the tournament.

Charvis is also one of eight celebrities chosen to participate in an intense week learning Welsh in an eco-friendly chic campsite in Pembrokeshire, West Wales in the series cariad@iaith:love4language shown on S4C in July 2011.

In 2012 Charvis made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the UK TV comedy drama Stella.

Colin now owns a carpet shop in York Street, Swansea. It is called Colin Charvis Flooring which sells laminate, vinyl, carpets and rugs. He used to be a silent partner in the carpet shop that was previously there but when the managers of that shop left he took over the running of the shop [4]

In March 2013 Colin completed the ABSA Cape Epic. He is the first ex-rugby International from the Northern Hemisphere to enter and complete the 700 km, 7 day race across untamed Africa.


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