Maurice Colclough

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Maurice Colclough
Full name Maurice John Colclough
Date of birth 2 September 1953
Place of birth Oxford
Place of death 21 January 2006(2006-01-21) (aged 52)
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 112kg
School Duke of York's Royal Military School
University University of Liverpool
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Liverpool RFC
Angoulême
Wasps RFC
Swansea RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1978-1986
1980-1983
1980
 England
British and Irish Lions
World XV
33 Pts:4;Tries:1

Maurice John Colclough (2 September 1953 – 27 January 2006)[1] was an England international rugby union player. He was selected for the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa and the 1983 British Lions tour to New Zealand, playing in all four internationals each tour. He was a member of the England team which won the Grand Slam in 1980. At the time he played club rugby for Angoulême and he also played for Wasps RFC and Swansea RFC.

Early life[edit]

Maurice Colclough was born on 2 September 1953 in Oxford.[1] He attended the Duke of York's Royal Military School and was their 1st Rugby Captain in 1971. He is regarded as one of the most famous Alumni of the school. He later attended the University of Liverpool and also went on to play for Liverpool St Helens.

Rugby union career[edit]

Having played for Liverpool RFC he went on to become one of the first Englishmen to play in France, and ended up captaining Angoulême and he also later played for Wasps RFC and Swansea RFC. Colclough made his international debut on 4 March 1978 at Murrayfield in the Scotland vs England match.[1] Of the 33 matches he played for England he was on the winning side on 17 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 15 March 1986 at Parc des Princes in the France vs England match.[1] He was a member of the England team which won the Grand Slam in 1980. He was selected for the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa and the 1983 British Lions tour to New Zealand, playing in all four internationals each tour. In 1983 he scored a try for England against New Zealand at Twickenham.[1]

He also played for a World XV on 9 August 1980 against Argentina in Buenos Aires, losing 36-22.[2]

Later life[edit]

Colclough retired from rugby in 1986. In 2006 he lost a long battle against a brain tumor and died on 27 January 2006.[1]

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