Micky Steele-Bodger

Michael Roland Steele-Bodger CBE (4 September 1925 – 9 May 2019)[1] was an English rugby union footballer who played flanker for Harlequins, England and Barbarians, and was President of the Barbarian Football Club and President of the East India Club, London.

Micky Steele-Bodger
Birth nameMichael Roland Steele-Bodger
Date of birth(1925-09-04)4 September 1925
Place of birthTamworth, England
Date of death9 May 2019(2019-05-09) (aged 93)
SchoolRugby School
UniversityCambridge University & Edinburgh University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1947–1948  England 9 0

He was educated at Rugby School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge,[2] and played for Cambridge in the Varsity Match in 1945 and 1946. On graduation he studied at Edinburgh University and represented the Edinburgh University rugby club for two full seasons. Steele-Bodger followed his father Harry by becoming a Veterinary Surgeon, as did his elder brother Alasdair who also played for Edinburgh University.

He gained 9 caps for England, playing in all 4 matches in the 1946-47 season and all 5 matches in the 1947-48 season. In his final international, against France in March 1948, Steele-Bodger had to move to scrum-half when Richard Madge left the field, despite suffering from concussion himself.[3] An anterior cruciate ligament injury ended his playing career in 1949. Subsequently, he was a selector for England and The Lions, President of the Rugby Football Union in 1973-74, and Chairman of the International Rugby Board.

In 1948, he inaugurated the annual tradition of bringing a guest Steele-Bodger XV to play Cambridge University as a warm-up to the Varsity Match.

He was an active member of the Round Table being one of the founding members of his local Tamworth Round Table in 1952.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1990 New Year Honours "for services to Rugby Union Football."[4]

Steele-Bodger died on 9 May 2019, aged 93.[5]


  1. ^ Former RFU president Steele-Bodger dies
  2. ^ STEELE-BODGER, Michael Roland, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  3. ^ Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 1:30. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
  4. ^ "No. 51981". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1989. p. 8.
  5. ^ Nickson, Frank (10 May 2019). "Barbarians president Micky Steele-Bodger passes away aged 93". Talking Rugby Union.

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