A. G. Guillemard

Arthur George Guillemard (18 December 1845 – 7 August 1909)[1] was an English rugby union fullback who represented for England in the world's first rugby international in 1871. Guillemard was also a notable sporting administrator and one of the most important early international rugby referees.

A. G. Guillemard
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Birth nameArthur George Guillemard
Date of birth(1845-12-18)18 December 1845
Place of birthEltham, Kent
Date of death7 August 1909(1909-08-07) (aged 63)
Place of deathEltham, Kent
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
West Kent ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1871-1872 ENG 2 ((0))

Rugby careerEdit

Arthur George Guillemard was born 18 December 1845 in Eltham, Kent. He was a founder member of an early cricket club at Rugby School.[2] Guillemard played club rugby for West Kent, and in 1871 he was selected for the England team as a fullback in the very first international rugby match; played against Scotland. He also served as a referee. He played in the very first international match in 1871. Guillemard was president of the Rugby Football Union from 1878 to 1882. He died 7 August 1909 aged 63 years.[1]

1871 England squad with West Kent players A. G. Guillemard and J. F. Green highlighted


  1. ^ a b A.G.Guillemard, scrum.com, accessed March 2009
  2. ^ Butterflies Cricket Club Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, butterfliescc.com, accessed March 2009