Michael Roland Steele-Bodger CBE (4 September 1925 – 9 May 2019) 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.
|Birth name||Michael Roland Steele-Bodger|
|Date of birth||4 September 1925|
|Place of birth||Tamworth, England|
|Date of death||9 May 2019(aged 93)|
|University||Cambridge University & Edinburgh University|
|Rugby union career|
He was educated at Rugby School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 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. 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.
Steele-Bodger died on 9 May 2019, aged 93.
- Former RFU president Steele-Bodger dies
- STEELE-BODGER, Michael Roland, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
- Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 1:30. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
- "No. 51981". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1989. p. 8.
- Nickson, Frank (10 May 2019). "Barbarians president Micky Steele-Bodger passes away aged 93". Talking Rugby Union.
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