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Andy Gomarsall

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Andrew Charles Thomas Gomarsall MBE (born 24th July 1974 in Durham) is a former English rugby union player who played at scrum-half for Leeds Carnegie, Gloucester, Bedford, Wasps, Worcester Warriors, Harlequins and England.


Gomarsall sprang to prominence when he led the 1992 England Schools U18 team to their first Grand Slam in 11 years. The following season, he joined London Wasps and made his full England debut in 1996 against Italy. In 1997 he played in three Five Nations games and came on twice as a replacement on tour in Argentina.


On the club scene, he was member of London Wasps’ 1999 Powergen Cup winning side, then transferred to Bedford, where he was captain, before being persuaded to join Gloucester and took part in his second Powergen Cup triumph in 2003.


In 2002 Gomarsall restarted his England rugby career after a period of 27 months not being picked when he played in the 26-18 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. He sealed his place as one of the three scum halves for the World Cup with a strong performance in England’s 43-9 defeat of Wales at the Millennium Stadium, during the World Cup warm up matches. He scored two tries in the 111-13 win over Uruguay in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Brisbane.


Gomarsall was selected as England Vice captain for the non-cap game against the New Zealand Barbarians in December 2003. Gomarsall started all three of England’s 2004 Autumn internationals at Twickenham and was vice captain in the England 15 against the Barbarians in May as well as the Churchill Cup tour.


However, injury led to his replacement at both Gloucester & the national side, he signed a three year deal with Worcester Warriors in June 2005. However, his injury caused problems he was released along with nine other players by Worcester in May 2006.

On 25th September 2006 Gomarshall signed a one year “pay-as-you-play” deal with Harlequins. “It was shocking what happened to me and I wouldn’t want that to happen to anyone else. I love rugby so much and have really missed it. I’m very grateful to Quins for giving me this opportunity”.


Gomarsall performed well for Harlequins and was selected for the England squad for 2007 Rugby World Cup. It was his kick down the touchline that enabled Josh Lewsey to score 5 points – the eventual winning margin for England that sent them into the final against South Africa on 20 October 2007. 

In 2008 Gomarsall started the first two Six Nations games before being dropped for the third against France. 

He was a co-commentator for ITV’s coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.


Gomarsall played 120 club games scoring 85 points

He received 35 England caps scoring 37 points

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