Brian Moore was born in Birmingham in January 1962 and educated at Crossley and Porter High School, Halifax. He studied law at Nottingham University and played his first game for Nottingham against Moseley in 1981. He captained England Students while at university and played for Notts, Lincs & Derby in the 1985 County Final. He led England 'B' on his first appearance for the side against Italy in April 1985 and made his full international debut against Scotland at Twickenham in April 1987.
He played three matches in the first World Cup tournament in Australia in the summer of 1987 and went on to build an impressive nine-year career as the regular first-choice England hooker. The ultimate competitor possessed of a formidable turn of speed and excellent handling abilities, he went on to win 64 caps including three Grand Slams in 1991, 1992 and 1995 and both tests on the tours of Argentina in 1990 and South Africa in 1994.
He played 14 matches in three World Cup campaigns including the 1991 final against Australia and the 1995 semi-final against New Zealand. His sole international try was scored against Ireland in 1989 and he played his final match for England in the World Cup third place play-off defeat to France in Pretoria in June 1995. His tussles with successive French front rows and his soubriquet of 'Pitbull' have entered rugby legend.