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Phil Larder MBE

DLC Physical Education (Cert Ed 2Yr), 1965

After graduation from Loughborough University in 1965 Phillip Larder played Rugby Union at centre for Broughton Park, Manchester and Sale before signing to play professional Rugby League for Oldham. Phillip played over 350 games in a 12 year career for Oldham and later Whitehaven.

Upon retiring as a player Phillip was appointed Director of Coaching by the Rugby Football League and from July 1982 to August 1992 he was in charge of coach and player education.

In 1988 Phillip Larder became assistant Great Britain coach before being appointed England head coach for the 1995 World Cup. In 1997 Phillip was head coach of the first Super League Tour to the southern hemisphere and was disappointed to lose four international players from his training squad as Rugby Union took the giant step towards professionalism. These four made an immense contribution to the British and Irish Lions series win in South Africa not only as players but also in organising the tourists’ defence which led the then England Rugby Football Union (RFU) manager, Fran Cotton to encourage Phillip to qualify as an RFU coach. Phillip was appointed as England’s defensive coach in 1997 by Sir Clive Woodward for the autumn series of Internationals.

Phillip fulfilled this role until 2006 during which the well organised, aggressive defence helped England to become the number one ranked team in the World, and win the 2003 world Cup.

Phil is grateful for the education he received at Loughborough and acknowledges the tremendous help it gave him throughout his career as a coach.