Whilst not everyone in the changing room is actually a Front Row we certainly have enough ballast to prop up the team provided by Funbus, Rhino and Northy. Whereas Spaniel, Robbo and Woody are running round with the backs! The Front Row Club is also well supported by a number of International Rugby Superstars see the list below!
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The Fun Bus is an English and Lions Rugby Legend, on and off the field. The most punished child at school he redeemed his sins by winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003 and founding the Atlas Foundation in 2015, giving the nation a massive celebration and thousands of kids a new life.
The Spaniel is a rower but not a Front Rower. She is CEO of the Atlas Foundation, working to improve the lives of the poorest children on earth through the power of rugby and the generosity of the rugby family.
Rhino sits on the Atlas Foundation Board and Chairs the Front Row Club. Frequently found grazing in the Barnes Rugby stable, Rhino is also occasionally sighted on the Boards of technology businesses and young people’s charities. After a lifetime of freezing Front Row appearences, he now overwinters in South Africa.
Northy is a front rower who earned 13 caps for Hong Kong and is an ex Winchester, Quins, Kowloon, Norths in Sydney and Barnes RFC player. He set up and owned a Casino and Poker Club in London's West End which he recently sold and now is a stay at home Dad.
Oli joined Atlas in June 2018 on a work placement from Bath University. He uses the excuse of a shoulder injury to keep his boots on the peg, but as he was never selected for the Front Row its not much of a loss.
The sound of Robbo in full voice is the English supporters enduring memory of the 2003 Rugby World Cup. A one-time Scotland fly half, and the BBC Rugby Correspondent for 400 years, he is now out-to-grass on a golf course near you, chipping away with rugby stars and charity guests to help the Atlas Foundation.
John Smit, former Springbok Rugby Captain who played hooker and prop for the Springboks in 111 tests, beat the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and won the Rugby World Cup in 2007.
Joe has had an incredibly successful with 58 caps for England and 2 for the British and Irish Lions. Joe started his playing career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow international Billy Twelvetrees. Joe was initially know for his colourful and creative hairstyles but soon let his scrummaging and powerful loose play do the talking.
Already legendary second row, playing for England and the Lions. Also a politics graduate and interested in Atlas’s international development work. Maro is our Global Champion for the Atlas All Schools programme.
Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE is a Scottish former rugby union player. A fullback, he is widely regarded to be one of the best ever Scottish rugby players and was one of the outstanding players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain.
Flanker who represented England on 70 occasions, and won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014. First woman to win the Rugby Writer’s Pat Marshall award, winner of the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year in 2010, she is now a respected TV presenter and in 2016 was elected to the RFU Council.
Argentinian Prop who plays club rugby for Saracens. He was in the Argentinian Rugby World Cup squad in 2011 and 2015, and was named tighthead prop of the tournament in 2011. He champions Atlas's All Schools work in Argentina. .
Catherine is the former England Women’s captain and no.8 who won six Six Nations Titles, five Grand Slams and led the team to the final in the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. She retired from international rugby in 2011 and founded her own company Inspiring Women which provides organisations with inspiring women to develop talent and leadership.
Michael James Tindall, MBE is an English former rugby player who played outside centre for Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby, has captained the England team, and was a member of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad.
Brian has 64 Caps for England and 5 for the British and Irish Lions. He played as a hooker, and is a rugby presenter and pundit for BBC Sport, Talksport and Love Sport Radio. He qualified as a Rugby Football Union referee in February 2010.
Shane is a former hooker for Ireland and also won four caps with the Lions on the New Zealand tour of 2005. He played most of his club rugby with Leinster and a short stint with Saracens. Shane is much loved and remembered for his fearsome mullet haircut. He is now a successful businessman and burgeoning media celebrity, in 2014 he got his acting debut in Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie.
Simon Shaw MBE has 72 Caps for England and 2 for the British and Irish Lions. Simon was born in Kenya so is particularly keen to support the Atlas Foundation's work there aswell as elsewhere globally.
Rochelle Clark, MBE, played for Wasps and England. Competing at the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup's. She is the most capped England Rugby Union player ever with 134 Caps. She is a PT and coach outside of rugby with her wife. She supports animal rights and wants to run a petting zoo.