Bob Weighill

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Bob Weighill
Full name Robert Harold George Weighill
Date of birth 9 September 1920
Place of birth Kings Norton
Date of death 27 October 2000
Place of death Halton[disambiguation needed] (aged 80 years 48 days)
School Wirral Grammar School for Boys
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position No. 8
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Birkenhead Park
Waterloo R.F.C.
Combined Services
Notts, Lincs and Derbys county
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1947-1948  England 4 Pts:0

Bob Weighill (1920–2000) was a rugby union international who represented England from 1947 to 1948.[1] He also captained his country[1] and later became Secretary of the Rugby Football Union. Weighill served in the Royal Air Force and rose to the rank of Air Commodore.[2]


Bob Weighill was born on 9 September 1920 in Kings Norton.[1] He was educated at Wirral Grammar School for Boys and was the freestyle swimming champion of Cheshire in 1935-36. Weighill served with Cheshire Constabulary between 1937 and 1941 and joined the RAF as a pilot. In 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and he eventually rose to the rank of Air Commodore and commanded the RAF No. 1 School of Technical Training at RAF Halton. He was honoured as a Commander of the British Empire in 1970.[2]

Rugby union career[edit]

Weighill played club rugby for Birkenhead Park, Waterloo R.F.C., Harlequins and Leicester while at representative level he captained the RAF rugby team from 1945 to 1952 and captained the Combined Services side and the Notts, Lincs and Derbys county team.[2] He made his international debut on 15 Mar 1947 at Twickenham in the England vs Scotland match.[1] Of the 4 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 2 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 29 Mar 1948 at Colombes in the France vs England match,[1] in which he captained the national team.[2]

As a rugby union administrator, Weighill was an England selector from 1959 and 1964 and Secretary of the RFU between 1974 and 1986. From 1986 to 1995 he was the Honorary Secretary of the Five Nations and Home Unions Committee.[2]