Nigel Starmer-Smith

Nigel Starmer-Smith (born 25 December 1944)[1] is a former international rugby union player, who is now a British rugby journalist and commentator.

Nigel Starmer-Smith
Birth nameNigel Christopher Starmer-Smith
Date of birth(1944-12-25)25 December 1944
Place of birthCheltenham, England
SchoolMagdalen College School, Oxford
UniversityUniversity College, Oxford
Occupation(s)teacher, commentator, journalist
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Oxford University RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1969–1971 England 7 (0)

Playing career

Starmer-Smith played scrum-half for Oxford University (as a student at University College, Oxford) before progressing to senior club, Harlequins. During the 1966-67 season, while still at Oxford he was selected to play for British rugby's foremost invitational team the Barbarians. In 1969 he was selected to play for England against a touring South Africa side.[2]

In the late 1960s he taught geography at Epsom College.


He has edited Rugby World magazine and for 15 years introduced Rugby Special for the BBC. He has also commentated on Olympic hockey for the BBC but had to make way for Barry Davies for the 1988 Olympic Final.

During the 2003 World Cup in Australia, Starmer-Smith commentated for ITV Sport's coverage.

Starmer-Smith has been the lead television commentator on the IRB Sevens World Series for a number of years. He is also lead columnist for the global rugby sevens portal,


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