Micky Steele-Bodger

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Micky Steele-Bodger
Full name Michael Roland Steele-Bodger
Date of birth (1925-09-04) 4 September 1925 (age 91)
Place of birth Tamworth, England
School Rugby School
University Cambridge University & Edinburgh University
Occupation(s) Veterinarian
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1947–1948  England 9 0

Michael Roland "Micky" Steele-Bodger CBE (born 4 September 1925) is a former English rugby union footballer who played flanker for Harlequins, England and the Barbarians, and is currently the President of the Barbarian Football Club and President of the East India Club, London.

He was educated at Rugby School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge,[1] and played for Cambridge in The Varsity Match in 1945 and 1946. On graduation he studied at Edinburgh and he represented the Edinburgh University club for two full seasons. Steele-Bodger followed his father Harry by becoming a veterinarian, as did his elder brother Alasdair who was also of the Edinburgh University club.

He gained 9 caps for England, playing in all 4 matches in the 1946-47 season and all 5 matches in the 1947-48 season. In his final international, against France in March 1948, Steele-Bodger had to move to scrum-half when Richard Madge left the field, despite suffering from concussion himself.[2] An anterior cruciate ligament injury ended his playing career however in 1949. Subsequently he was a selector for England and the Lions, President of the Rugby Football Union in 1973-74, and Chairman of the International Rugby Board.

In 1948, he inaugurated the annual tradition of bringing a guest Steele-Bodger XV to play Cambridge University as a warm-up to The Varsity Match.

He was an active member of Round Table (club) being one of the founding members of his local Tamworth Round Table in 1952.

He was awarded the CBE in the 1990 New Year Honours "for services to Rugby Union Football."[3]


  1. ^ STEELE-BODGER, Michael Roland, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  2. ^ Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 1:30. ISBN 0-460-07003-7. 
  3. ^ "No. 51981". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1989. p. 8. 

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