Peter Bills

Peter Bills is an award winning sports writer who is known around the world for his contributions to various media outlets as well as his prolific output as an author.  Now the author of twenty-one sports books, most of them on rugby union, his most recent media job was chief rugby writer worldwide for the Independent News & Media group. Through his work for this group, he became known and respected for his contributions to papers in London, Auckland, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Dublin and Belfast.  Until 2019, he had covered every Rugby World Cup since the inception of the tournament back in 1987, as well as 5 or 6 Nations rugby tournaments for more than 40 years.  He has reported on Olympic Games, US Masters and US Open plus British Open golf championships, as well as Test cricket matches and European football games.  Through his articles and books, he has worked with some of the greatest names in sport, the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, George Best, Denis Law, Johann Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Allan Border, Gareth Edwards, Willie John McBride, Jean Pierre Rives, Dean Richards, Corne Krige, Ashwin Willemse and Bill McLaren. Other sports figures he has interviewed include Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Rory McIlroy, John McEnroe, Sir Anthony O’Reilly, Brian O’Driscoll, Sir Graham Henry, Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Carter.  His book, The Jersey, was published by Macmillan in August 2018 and has become a world-wide best-seller and No.1 in the sports book sales charts. His latest book is entitled Le Coq: Journey to the Heart of French Rugby and has already been widely acclaimed.