Bill Beaumont

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Bill Beaumont
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Player information
Full name William Blackledge Beaumont
birthday March 9, 1952
place of birth Preston , England
society Career ended
position Second row striker
Clubs as active
Years society Games (points)
1969-1982 Fylde Rugby Club
National team
Years National team Games (points)
1977, 1980
British and Irish Lions
34 (0)
7 (0)

Sir William "Bill" Blackledge Beaumont CBE (born March 9, 1952 in Preston ) is a retired English rugby union player . He played as a second-row striker for the England national team , the British and Irish Lions and the Fylde Rugby Club .

Beaumont made his England debut against Ireland in 1975 . In the same year he traveled to Australia with the national team . In 1977 he was considered for a Lions tour for the first time. He was used in two friendly matches against the All Blacks , including the only win in the selection.

In 1978, Beaumont succeeded Roger Uttley as captain of the English selection. The greatest success under his leadership was the Grand Slam at the Five Nations in 1980 . In the same year he was also named captain of the Lions, the series against South Africa was lost 3-0.

Beaumont's career ended in 1982 after an injury. After the end of his playing career, he worked for the quiz show A Question of Sport at the BBC and ran the family textile company Bill Beaumont Textiles. Since 1999 he has represented England at the world association IRB . He is also chairman of the Wooden Spoon Organization. In 2005 he was active again during a Lions tour, this time as a team manager .

Beaumont is a member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame and has been Commander of the British Empire since 2008, having been named OBE in 1982. The cup, which is played annually in the English counties, is named after him. In 2019 he was knighted .

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