- Bill Beaumont
name = Bill Beaumont
birthname = William Blackledge Beaumont
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1952|3|9|df=yes
Chorley, Lancashire, England
ru_position = Lock
ru_nationalteam = ru|ENG
ru_nationalyears = 1975-82
ru_nationalcaps = 34
ru_nationalpoints = (0)
ru_ntupdate = 1 Sept 2006
William "Bill" Blackledge Beaumont CBE (born 9 March 1952,
Chorley, Lancashire, England) was captain of the England rugby union team at a time when they struggled to win games. His greatest moment as captain was the unexpected 1980 Grand Slam. He played as a lock.
He won 34 caps for England, then a record for a lock, and was captain 21 times. He made his international debut as a 22-year-old in Dublin in 1975 as a late replacement for
Roger Uttley. He toured Australia in 1975, Japan, Fiji and Tonga in 1979, and Argentina in 1981 with England. He played 15 times for the Barbarians, including the match against the All Blacksin 1978.
Beaumont took part in the
1977 British Lions tour to New Zealandafter being called up as a replacement when Nigel Hortonbroke his thumb, and played in the final three tests.
He took over as England captain in Paris in 1978. He was an inspiring captain of the North of England, whom he led to victory over the All Blacks in 1979, and also of England, who won their first Grand Slam for 23 years in 1980.
Beaumont then captained the
1980 British Lions tour to South Africaplaying in 10 of the 18 matches. He was the first English captain of the Lions since Douglas Prentice in 1930.
Beaumont retired from rugby because of injury in 1982. He went on to be another captain, this time on the
BBCquiz show " A Question of Sport".
He is also the managing director of his family's textile business in Lancashire, which is the only remaining textile manufacturer in
Since 1999 he has represented England on the
International Rugby Board. He was the tour manager for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
He is an Honorary President of the rugby charity Wooden Spoon improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Britain and Ireland.
In 2007 the
Rugby Football Unionannounced that the winners of the English County Championship would be awarded the Bill Beaumont Cup [http://www.rfu.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/RFUHome.Community_Detail/StoryID/13896]
Officer of the Order of the British Empire(OBE), he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire(CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours. [LondonGazette |issue=58729 |date=14 June 2008 |startpage=6 |supp=yes |notarchive=yes]
International Rugby Hall of Fame
Fylde Rugby Club
* [http://www.rugbyhalloffame.com/pages/beaumont2003.htm Profile on Rugby Hall of Fame]
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