Biog - Mark Regan MBE

Mark Regan MBE started his Test career against the Springboks 13 years ago, was a World Cup winner in 2003 and a finalist in 2007. He played an integral part in the most recent campaign, playing in five matches including the final and won 47 international test caps. To date, Mark is the oldest player ever to play for England in the 6 Nations.

Having played an essential part in England's early 2008 RBS 6 Nations campaign, most notably in Paris, he then led the Barbarians to a 22-5 victory over South Africa at Twickenham. He had retired from international rugby in 2004 but made himself available, and was rewarded with a call-up for the tour of South Africa, where he started both tests and secured himself a World Cup place. Introduced to the game when eight at Keynsham RFC, 'Ronnie' moved to St Brendan’s Old Boys minis and then played through Bristol’s age group sides.

  • He has represented England 16 Group, 18 Group, Colts, Students, U21s, Emerging Players and England A.
  • He played for the British and Irish Lions in the final Test against the Springboks in 1997.
  • He returned to help rejuvenate his home city club of Bristol in 2005 from Leeds Tykes, where he had spent four years. During his spell at Headingley Carnegie he helped the Tykes to beat Bath, another of his former clubs, 20-12 in the Powergen Cup final at Twickenham in 2005.
  • He helped Bristol finish third in the Guinness Premiership table.

Career Highlights

World Cup Winner 2003
World Cup Finalist 2007
Grandslam and Triple Crown winner with England
Captained the Barbarians to a famous victory over the World Champions South Africa at Twickenham 2007
British Lions series winner in South Africa 1997
European Heiniken Cup winner with Bath
Powergen Cup winner with Leeds

TV/Radio Presenting

Mark writes a regular rugby column that appears in the Bristol Evening Post, and has worked as a co-presenter on Radio 5 live. Mark has also appeared both as a mystery guest and panel guest on the sports programme “A Question of Sport”.