Charles Sawyer (rugby)
|Full name||Charles Montague Sawyer|
|Born||20 March 1856
|Died||30 March 1921
Charles Montague Sawyer (born 20 March 1856 in Rusholme — died 30 March 1921 (aged 65) in Ormskirk) was an English rugby union footballer of the 1880s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Broughton Rangers, as a Three-quarters, e.g. Wing, or Centre. Prior to 2 June 1896, Broughton Rangers was a rugby union club.
Charles Sawyer won caps for England while at Broughton Rangers in the 1879–80 Home Nations rugby union matches against Scotland, and scored a try in the 1880–81 Home Nations rugby union matches against Ireland.
In the early years of rugby football the goal was to score goals, and a try had zero value, but it provided the opportunity to try at goal, and convert the try to a goal with an unopposed kick at the goal posts. The point values of both the try and goal have varied over time, and in the early years footballers could "score" a try, without scoring any points.
Change of Code
When Broughton Rangers converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on 2 June 1896, Charles Sawyer would have been 40-years old. Consequently, he would have been too old to have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Broughton Rangers.
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