Dusty Hare is one of English rugby’s most respected players. Born in Newark, Dusty’s rugby career began in 1971 when he made his debut for Nottingham RFC.
He joined Leicester Tigers in 1976 and during his thirteen years at the club, Dusty helped to establish Leicester as one of English rugby’s leading clubs, with three consecutive John Player Cup titles, before the club were crowned England’s first official champions by winning the Courage Clubs Championship in 1988.
Dusty also had success at international level having made his England debut in 1974, going on to win a total of 25 caps for his country. He was a vital member of England’s 1980 Grand Slam winning side and in 1983 he was called up for the British Isles tour to New Zealand.
A record breaker throughout his 18-year playing career, Dusty amassed a world record of 7,337 points, the vast majority of which he scored for Leicester. In 1980 Dusty broke Harold Day’s Leicester career points aggregate by scoring his 1152nd point against London Irish, before breaking the club’s record for points scored in a match in 1986. Having represented his country 25 times, Dusty was the record points scorer in Test rugby, a record he held until 1992.
A natural sportsman, Dusty was also a talented cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire. His retirement as a rugby player saw Dusty carry on the family business as a farmer in South Clifton, Nottinghamshire. He then took up a role at Leicester Tigers working for the club’s academy, eventually becoming their head scout.
Having developed his skills as a scout during his time at Leicester, Dusty joined the Saints in early 2010 as Recruitment and Development Manager, bringing his expertise to Franklin’s Gardens. During his time at the club, Dusty has helped with the development of some of the country’s brightest rugby prospects.