England v President's Overseas XV

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England v President's Overseas XV
Programme for the President's Overseas XV match played in 1971
EventRugby Football Union Centenary
Date17 April 1971
VenueTwickenham Stadium, London
RefereeM Titcomb (Gloucestershire)

England v President's Overseas XV was a 1971 rugby union match between England and a President's Overseas XV. The match was played to celebrate the centenary of the Rugby Football Union. [1] The President's Overseas XV featured players from Australia, Fiji, France, New Zealand and South Africa and was effectively a World XV. The President's Overseas XV won 28-11.

As preparation for the international match the President's XV played and won three other matches against regional selections: London, Midland & Home Counties, the North and the South & South West Counties.

The match[edit]

The game was played at Twickenham in front of 50,000 spectators. Test caps were awarded, and Dixon and Creed earned their first caps for England in this match.[2]

17 April 1971
England  11–28 President's Overseas XV
Try: Hiller
Con: Hiller (1/1)
Pen: Hiller (2/?)
Report Try: Kirkpatrick (2)
Williams (3)
Con: Villepreux (5/6)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: M Titcomb (Gloucestershire)
Touch judge - Air Cdre G.C.Lamb CBE AFC (RAF)
Touch judge -R.F.Johnson (Kent)

England XV[edit]

FB 15 Bob Hiller (Harlequins)
RW 14 Jeremy Janion (Bedford)
OC 13 John Spencer (c) (Headingley)
IC 12 David Duckham (Coventry)
LW 11 Peter Glover (Bath & R.A.F.)
FH 10 Dick Cowman (Loughborough Colleges)
SH 9 Nigel Starmer-Smith (Harlequins)
LP 1 Brian Stevens (Harlequins)
HK 2 John Pullin (Bristol)
TP 3 Fran Cotton (Loughborough Colleges)
LL 4 Peter Larter (Northampton & R.A.F.)
RL 5 Chris Ralston (Richmond)
BF 6 Roger Creed (Coventry)
OF 7 Tony Neary (Broughton Park)
N8 8 Peter Dixon (Harlequins)

England Replacements: Andy Johnson (Northampton); Jacko Page (Bedford); Rodney Webb (Coventry); Ian Wright (Northampton); Jim Broderick (Coventry); Charlie Hannaford (Bristol)

President's Overseas XV[edit]

The complete squad is as follows:


  • Starmer-Smith, Nigel (ed) Rugby - A Way of Life, An Illustrated History of Rugby (Lennard Books, 1986 ISBN 0-7126-2662-X) pp 106, 107 (including portrait of each player)
  1. ^ Note- the RFU predates the split into rugby union and rugby league.
  2. ^ Scrum.com match summary

See also[edit]