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England v President's Overseas XV

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England v President's Overseas XV was a 1971 rugby union match between England and a President's Overseas XV. The match was played to celebrate the centenary of the Rugby Football Union. [1] The President's Overseas XV featured players from Australia, Fiji, France, New Zealand and South Africa and was effectively a World XV. The President's Overseas XV won 28-11.

England v President's Overseas XV
Programme for the President's Overseas XV match played in 1971
EventRugby Football Union Centenary
Date17 April 1971
VenueTwickenham Stadium, London
RefereeM Titcomb (Gloucestershire)

As preparation for the international match the President's XV played and won three other matches against regional selections: London, Midland & Home Counties, the North and the South & South West Counties.

The matchEdit

The game was played at Twickenham in front of 50,000 spectators. Test caps were awarded, and Dixon and Creed earned their first caps for England in this match.[2]

17 April 1971
England   11–28 President's Overseas XV
Try: Hiller
Con: Hiller (1/1)
Pen: Hiller (2/?)
Report Try: Kirkpatrick (2)
Williams (3)
Con: Villepreux (5/6)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: M Titcomb (Gloucestershire)
Touch judge - Air Cdre G.C.Lamb CBE AFC (RAF)
Touch judge -R.F.Johnson (Kent)

England XVEdit

FB 15 Bob Hiller (Harlequins)
RW 14 Jeremy Janion (Bedford)
OC 13 John Spencer (c) (Headingley)
IC 12 David Duckham (Coventry)
LW 11 Peter Glover (Bath & R.A.F.)
FH 10 Dick Cowman (Loughborough Colleges)
SH 9 Nigel Starmer-Smith (Harlequins)
LP 1 Brian Stevens (Harlequins)
HK 2 John Pullin (Bristol)
TP 3 Fran Cotton (Loughborough Colleges)
LL 4 Peter Larter (Northampton & R.A.F.)
RL 5 Chris Ralston (Richmond)
BF 6 Roger Creed (Coventry)
OF 7 Tony Neary (Broughton Park)
N8 8 Peter Dixon (Harlequins)

England Replacements: Andy Johnson (Northampton); Jacko Page (Bedford); Rodney Webb (Coventry); Ian Wright (Northampton); Jim Broderick (Coventry); Charlie Hannaford (Bristol)

President's Overseas XVEdit

The complete squad is as follows:


  • Starmer-Smith, Nigel (ed) Rugby - A Way of Life, An Illustrated History of Rugby (Lennard Books, 1986 ISBN 0-7126-2662-X) pp 106, 107 (including portrait of each player)
  1. ^ Note- the RFU predates the split into rugby union and rugby league.
  2. ^ match summary

See alsoEdit