6 June 2000


Cricket and Rugby captains honoured in Durham’s top sporting awards

Four outstanding figures in international sport, all of whom enhanced their talents while studying at Durham, are on the University’s sporting honours list for 2000.

Nasser Hussain, England’s cricket captain, Will Carling, Phil de Glanville and Peter Dixon, all former England rugby captains, are to join Jonathan Edwards and Frank Tyson as University of Durham Honorary Palatinates.

The University grants Honorary Palatinates to selected Durham graduates who excel in international sport. Palatinates are the "sporting colours" of the University and fewer than 20 full Palatinates are awarded each year to current students for exceptional performance or contribution to the sporting life of the University.

The University’s Director of Sport, Dr Peter Warburton said:

"Durham students play a lot of sport at University and go on to make a valuable contribution to the sporting life of the country in clubs, schools, leisure centres and in other ways afterwards. But only a few go on to perform at the highest level, and we are proud to welcome them back as Honorary Palatinates."

Will Carling was a student of Psychology at Hatfield College (1985-1988). Making his international debut on the 16 January 1988, his career spanned nearly ten years. He was capped over 70 times against countries as widespread as Fiji, Samoa, Argentina and Canada and scored 54 test points in total. Carling will receive his award at a private dinner to be held at Hatfield on 9 June.

Both Peter Dixon and Phil de Glanville will be guests of honour and collect their awards at the Durham University Athletics Union dinner on 16 June, when this year’s student sportsmen and women are presented with their University colours.

Phil de Glanville read Economics and Politics at University College (1987-1990). He was first capped for England as a replacement against South Africa in 1992 and scored his first international try, again as a replacement, against the same opposition in 1995. Phil took over the England captaincy from Will Carling in 1996, his first game in charge being the victory over Italy in November of that year. He also captained the squad that toured Argentina in May 1997. Peter Dixon read Geography and Anthropology at Grey College (1963-1966). In the position of flanker, he made his international debut in the Spring of 1971, scoring 16 test tries throughout his career. He played his last test on 25 November 1978 with 22 caps for his country, and he is currently a part-time research associate in the University’s Department of Anthropology.

Nasser Hussain studied Natural Sciences at the College of St Hild and St Bede (1986-1989). The 1999-2000 South Africa-Zimbabwe tour was his first senior tour as captain, following three trips as vice-captain. In 1997, he scored 207 against Australia at Edgbaston, his first double hundred and the seventh England player to score a double century in Ashes Tests. Whilst at Durham, he helped the Combined Universities to the quarter-finals of the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1989. Because of the hectic summer cricket schedule, he will receive his award at a private dinner to be arranged in the autumn.


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