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Famous Spurs

Posted on 3 March 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Rob Lozowski says he still gets a buzz every time he walks into White Hart Lane - a feeling he experienced many times at the top of his own sporting profession.

Now 42 and working for an event management company, Rob played top-flight rugby union for Wasps for 12 years between 1981-1993 and reached the pinnacle of his sport when he was capped for England against Australia in 1984.

"Walking into a stadium like this really gets the heartbeat going again," he said, looking around the Lane as we conducted the interview at pitchside. "Just looking at the stands, the floodlights, it really is a buzz."

He played at centre it that big clash at Twickenham in November 1984 in the backs alongside the likes of Nigel Melville, Stuart Barnes and Rory Underwood.

But the all-conquering Aussie vintage of that era - including legends of rugby Nick Farr-Jones, Mark Ella, David Campese and Michael Lynagh - ran out 19-3 winners and it was Rob's only full cap.

He recalled: "My rugby career all started with first-class rugby for Wasps in the early 1980s, I was lucky enough to be selected for England Under-23s in 1984 and then my cap followed in the same year.

"Unfortunately for me, my game was against Australia, the grand slam side of Ella, Lynagh and co, possibly one of the best-ever teams.

"We managed to keep the score down to 19-3 and it was a great experience.

"I also managed to play for England against a Rest Of The World 15 at Twickenham and played for England A until about 1990."

Rob revealed his love for Spurs dates back to the 1960s. "My parents used to have friends who lived in north London, Spurs happened to be the closest ground and that's where it all started for me.

"Of course, when I played for Wasps, in those days we were based at Sudbury in north-west London, Middlesex way, so it was just a short trip around the North Circular and a trip I regularly made."

It's a trip he's made more regularly since his senior rugby days ended in 1993.

He played junior rugby and coached at Richmond for three years before leaving the game completely due to increasing business commitments.

"I had 12 great years at Wasps, captained the club in the late eighties and it was good fun," he reflected, adding that although he would have loved to have played in the modern-day professional game, he had no regrets.

"I had some fantastic times, toured Australia a couple of times, been right around Europe and it's a totally different game now.

"I work for an even management company now, based in central London and it's very enjoyable - and obviously there's the opportunity to get over to White Hart Lane, so that's fantastic. I get here as often as possible."

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