Mallett John

by Russell Gibbs and Geoff Pillinger and Mike Curling
Player John Mallett

John A H Mallett

Position: Prop forward

Born: 28th May 1970 in Lincoln

Height: 6ft 1in

Weight: 16st

Education: St. Hugh’s School, Woodhall Spa, Millfield School and West London Institute


Honours: England Colts, England Schools U18, Somerset U21s and Colts, South West U21 and England Students U21, England (1 cap), Barbarians (2 caps)

Debut game: 26th September 1990 v Clifton

Competitive Debut: 21st December 1991 v Bristol

Final game: 25th May 2003 v Wasps

Number of Appearances: 219

Career details:

Mr Consistent would be an apt name for Bath Rugby’s John Mallett, who at the end of the 2001/2002 season had completed eleven seasons with the club. Signed as a raw student at Bath University, John made his first team debut at Clifton in a 30pts-7pts win and up to the conclusion of his eleventh year had passed the 150 game mark. A solid, unspectacular scrummager, John crossed for two of his five tries prior to the professional era, and then doubled his tally in the 1996/1997 season with scores against Coventry and London Irish. He had to wait almost four years for another but it was worth the wait as he gleefully touched down in a home win over Sale Sharks. It was to be the last try in his club career as after a further two seasons of excellence ‘Shep’ announced his retirement from the game having made a not insubstantial 219 appearances in the colours of Bath. He was rewarded for his excellence with a testimonial match at the Recreation Ground when a team of Bath All-Stars from the past gathered take on the Bath present XV in an entertaining match that was a thoroughly deserved recognition of a glittering career for one of the most loyal players that club rugby in England has produced. It’s unfortunate for John that he did not gain the international recognition he deserved; the sum total of his test experience being a solitary cap against Western Samoa for England during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa as a replacement. Selected to tour with England in 1994 (to South Africa) and 1997 (to Argentina), injury struck him down and further caps were not forthcoming. John has also been selected as a Barbarian, playing in matches against Leicester Tigers and the Combined Services.

John, at the time of writing, is Master in Charge of Rugby at Millfield School

Bath Rugby Appearances: 1990/1991 – 2002/2003: 169(50)

Bath Rugby Points: 24 – 5t

Bath Rugby Friendly Appearances 2000/2001 – to date: 4(2)

England Record: 1 cap: 1995 – WS (WC – rep)

Barbarians Record: 2 caps: 1998 – Lei, 1999 – CS

J. Mallett





9 – 2t



10 – 2t









5 – 1t







24 – 5t

Signed From: Bath University

Transferred To: Retired. Is now a master at Millfield School where he is head coach of the 1st XV.

Also Played For: None


This page was added on 16/12/2014.

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