Bill Beaumont CBE

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Bill Beaumont, Chairman of the Rugby Football Union has given his backing to the Sporting Memories Network.

The former England and British & Irish Lions Captain enjoyed a highly successful international career, winning 34 caps for England, captaining the side on 21 occassions. In 1980 Bill led England to their first Grand Slam in twenty three years and went on to captain the Lions the same year on their tour to South Africa.

"In terms of career highlights beating the All Blacks in November1979 in Otley as captain of the North of England side was certainly one. That was a great team to be associated with and we beat them easily; four tries to one. It was fantastic and something you don't forget. The following season winning the Grand Slam, the first time England had won the Grand Slam in twenty-three years, again was something I enjoyed being associated with.  Other highlights were Captaining the Lions to South Africa later in 1980, going on two Lions tours but then retiring at twenty-nine. I didn't expect to retire, I thought I was going to carry on playing and be the first guy to captain two Lions Tours. I was favourite to have done so but that wasn't to be, though I was proud that I won that first Test I ever played for the Lions and the last Test I ever played for the Lions; proud I won those two games though lost all the others in-between!" (read Bill\`s sporting memories here)

Before Rugby, as a youngster Bill grew up a Blackburn Rovers fan and remain so to this day, he recalled watching the 1960 FA Cup Final on TV wearing his favourite Rovers shirt, sadly the result didn't go his way that day. (read Bill`s Rovers memory here)

After retiring from Rugby, Bill continued in the role of captain, this time on the iconic BBC sports quiz Question of Sport

"There was one time when the fire alarm went off when the last picture came up on the picture board. We had to leave the building so me and Ian Botham walked out together out through the crowd and neither of us knew who the person in the picture was so we asked the people in the crowd. They knew so they told us who it was. It was Ian's question so I knew that he would win it but when we went back the producer had switched the photograph." (link)

In 2003 Bill was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

Read more about Bill's role as Chairman of the RFU at: www.rfu.com