Tim Rodber

Tim Rodber

Years: 1988-2001
Position: Back/Second row
Appearances: 235
England caps: 44
British and Irish Lions tours:South Africa (1997)

One of the most iconic images in the history of the Saints is of Tim Rodber helping to lift the Heineken Cup in 2000. The emotion on his face is apparent for everyone to see, the sheer relief at having won the top prize in club rugby with the team he served for 13 years, five of them as captain.

During the 1990s Rodber was synonimous with Northampton Saints. A powerful back row who moved to lock in later years, Rodber was taken under the wing of Wayne Shelford and made his international debut in 1992.

Rodber excelled at rugby from an early age, representing his school, Churcher's College, as well as local side Petersfield R.F.C.

Although success at club level eluded Rodber for much of his career, it came in spades in the international game. He won the Rugby World Cup Sevens with England in 1993 and was an integral part of the successful 1997 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

Rodber also combined his rugby career with his commitments as an army captain in the Green Howards. He was introduced to the army when he was 16 and a scholarship helped him to graduate from Sandhurst.

He retired from playing at the end of the 2000/01 season and is now Chief Executive Officer for the Americas for corporate information management business Williams Lea, in New York.