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Brian is BBC Television’s number one rugby summariser and co-commentator. He also writes a regular rugby column in the Daily Telegraph, contributes articles to the BBC Sport website and writes a weekly wine column in The Sun.
Brian first played rugby at school at the age of 11 and his sense of purpose was clear even as a 16 year old when he would be driving on team-mates at his local club, some of whom were twice his age. This attitude would stay with him throughout his career – earning him his “Pitbull” nickname – when Brian was always in the thick of the action.
During his playing career Brian played club rugby for Old Crossleyans, Nottingham, Harlequins and Richmond. He made his international debut in 1987 against Scotland and went on to win 64 international caps, scoring one try.
With England he won three Grand Slams in 1991, 1992 and 1995 and played in three World Cups in 1987, 1991 and 1995 when he retired after the 3rd/4th playoff match against France in Pretoria.
Brian also toured twice with the British Lions. He was one of the most technically astute and skilful players ever to wear the number two jersey and in 1991 was voted Whitbread Rugby World Player of the Year.
A qualified solicitor, Brian has carved out a successful media career since his retirement from rugby including guest appearances on programmes as diverse as Comic Relief, Newsnight, You Bet, The Generation Game, They Think It’s All Over, The Weakest Link, Oz Clarke’s Wine Show and Down Your Way.
Apart from his interest in and love of wine, Brian’s other passions are opera, cooking, skiing, politics, history, film and Chelsea FC.