W. B. Young

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William Brewitt Young (7 May 1916 - 25 April 2013) [1] was born in Ardrossan and was a Scottish and East African rugby football player.[2]

He was capped ten times for Scotland between 1937–48 and three times for East Africa between 1949-50. Along with Maurice Daly of Ireland he is one of only two people to have been capped by a major rugby playing nation and by East Africa.

Along with W.C.W. Murdoch, he was one of only two Scottish players to be capped on either side of World War II, giving him one of the longest international careers on record.[3] John "Jack" Heaton[4] and Thomas Arthur "Tommy" Kemp[5] also achieved this feat for England.

Personal lifeEdit

Young was the son of Alexander Robert Young (born c1885 Govan, Lanarkshire Scotland) and Christina Leiper (born c1883 Lanark, Lanarkshire). He attended City of London School and studied medicine at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.[1] and became a doctor after he finished playing rugby.


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  • Jones, J.R. Encyclopedia of Rugby Union Football (Robert Hale, London, 1976 ISBN 0-7091-5394-5)
  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)
  • Campbell, M; Cohen, E.J. (1960). Rugby Football in East Africa 1909-1959. Rugby Football Union of East Africa.