Chris Cusiter

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Chris Cusiter
Birth nameChristopher Peter Cusiter
Date of birth (1982-06-13) 13 June 1982 (age 39)
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
SchoolRobert Gordon's College
UniversityUniversity of Edinburgh
Notable relative(s)Calum Cusiter, brother
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

Watsonians RFC
Boroughmuir RFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Glasgow Warriors
Border Reivers
Glasgow Warriors
Southern Districts[1]
Sale Sharks
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British & Irish Lions
4th Sir Willie Purves Quaich
In office
Preceded byAllister Hogg
Succeeded byMark McMillan

Christopher Peter Cusiter (born 13 June 1982) is a retired Scottish international rugby union player who played at scrum-half. He played for teams including Glasgow Warriors, Border Reivers and Perpignan before ending his career at Sale Sharks.

International career[edit]

Cusiter made his first start for Scotland in the 2004 Six Nations match against Wales.

During 2005 and 2006 Cusiter suffered a series of injuries representing Scotland. In 2015 he sustained a knee injury against Australia and upon his starting return against Italy in the 2006 Six Nations suffered a pectoral injury. After making a substitute appearance against Romania in the 2006 Autumn tests he was given the all clear to start against the Pacific Islanders only to be stretchered off after 10 minutes.

Cusiter was named as joint-captain Captain along with Mike Blair for the Autumn internationals of 2009 and the 2010 Six Nations Championship.

Cusiter went on the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand making one appearance as a substitute against Argentina.[2]

Club career[edit]

While still at Watsonians, Cusiter was called into the Glasgow Warriors side in the 2001–02 season. At the end of the season he had a number of games warming the bench, before making his professional debut coming on in the 79th minute against Swansea RFC in the Welsh-Scottish League in Glasgow's last game of the season.[3]

At the season end he moved back to Watsonians, but secured another professional club in 2003 when he signed for Border Reivers. The Borders side folded in 2007 and Cusiter moved to play in France. On 18 April 2007, it was announced that Cusiter would sign for the French side Perpignan.[4]

On 27 January 2009 Cusiter moved back to Scotland, securing a deal to play with Glasgow Warriors once again; this time on a three-year contract. His contract was extended and he played with Glasgow till the end of the 2013–14 season.

For the following season 2014–15, he moved to the English Aviva Premiership side, Sale Sharks.

Cusiter announced his retirement from rugby in May 2016.[5]


His brother Calum was also an international Rugby player representing the Scotland 7s team.

Cusiter is a self-confessed fan of rugby league, following the Catalans Dragons after his two-year spell in Perpignan.[6]

Originally from Aberdeen, he attended Robert Gordon's College and studied law at the University of Edinburgh.[7]

Following his retirement moved to California to set up a whisky-focused alcohol retail business.[8]


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  2. ^ "Clockwatch: Lions 25-25 Argentina". BBC. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
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  4. ^ "Cusiter signs deal with Perpignan". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 April 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter announces retirement". 4 May 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Scotland union captain backs Super League". lasttackle. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  7. ^ Tozer, Malcolm, ed. (2012). Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. p. 290. ISBN 9781908095442.
  8. ^ "Chris Cusiter: Sale Sharks' former Scotland and British & Irish Lions scrum-half retires". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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