Thirlby Rob

by Geoff Pillinger

Rob G Thirlby

Position: Wing

Born: 2nd March 1979 in Redruth

Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 14st 6lbs

Education: Richard Lander School, Truro.



Debut game: 8th August 2000 v Llanelli

Competitive Debut: 19th August 2000 v Sale Sharks

Final game: 24th November 2002 v Bristol

Number of Appearances: 46

Career details:

Towards the end of the 1999/2000 season a fleet-footed full back ran rings around Bath’s defence in an entertaining Allied Dunbar Premiership match for Saracens and so impressed were the Bath hierarchy that Andy Robinson promptly snapped him up. Rob Thirlby made his Bath Rugby debut a few months later, getting off to a good start with a well taken try in what unfortunately turned out to be a one point defeat to Sale Sharks at Heywood Road in August 2000. With the ability to play on the wing as well as Full Back, Rob managed twenty matches that season finishing his debut season with a hat trick of tries, at already relegated Rotherham, as Bath ran riot to the tune of 68pts-12pts. Rob ended his maiden campaign with the club with nine tries from twenty matches.  In 2001/2002, as Bath Rugby struggled, Rob failed to get on the try scorers’ chart, but did manage four penalties when required to take over the kicking duties following an injury to Matt Perry. His talents were utilised to the full by the England Sevens team who selected Rob for the World Sevens Series, and for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Rob played his part in England’s march to the quarter finals in that tournament held in Manchester, before eventual runners up Fiji beat them. England took the Plate defeating Australia, who included future Bath Rugby coach Richard Graham in their side. His ability in the abbreviated game often saw him away from the Rec. and thus his club form suffered. Bath released Rob in 2002 and he joined Rotherham before signing for Penzance & Newlyn. His blistering pace continued to be an asset to the England Seven’s squad as they claimed back-to-back Hong Kong Sevens Championships in 2003 and 2004 as well as finishing runners up in the 2004 IRB World Sevens Series.

Signed From: Saracens

Transferred To: Rotherham

Also Played For: Redruth, Penzance & Newlyn and Gloucester

Coaches (and occasionally plays) at Yatton RFC whilst being a video analyst for Gloucester RFC.

This page was added on 30/12/2014.

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