Richard Sharp

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Richard Sharp
Birth nameRichard Adrian William Sharp
Date of birth (1938-09-09) 9 September 1938 (age 80)
Place of birthBangalore, British India
SchoolBlundell's School
UniversityBalliol College, University of Oxford
Notable relative(s)Freddie Sharp, (father) Wasps
Ivan Sharp, (uncle) Wasps
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flyhalf
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1960–61
1959–62
1957–66
1957–
Barbarians
Oxford University
Cornwall
Wasps
Redruth
Bristol


28
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1962
1960–67
British and Irish Lions
England
2
14
(3)
(26)

Richard Adrian William Sharp OBE (born 9 September 1938) is a retired English rugby union player. Born in India during the British Raj, his family moved to Cornwall, England where he was educated at Montpelier School, Paignton and Blundell's School in the neighbouring county of Devon[1] and at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a former player at Redruth R.F.C., Wasps FC, Bristol FC[2] and England (14 caps) rugby union fly-half and captain. He played for England while at Oxford[3] and led England to the Five Nations title in 1963.[4] He played cricket for Cornwall in the Minor Counties Championship between 1957 and 1970.[5]

He was appointed OBE in the 1986 New Year Honours.

Bernard Cornwell's fictional character Richard Sharpe was named after him.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notable Old Blundellians". Blundells.org. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. ^ "London Wasps Hall of Fame". Wasps.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ Balliol Old members Archived 12 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ RFU Wall of Fame Archived 21 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Player profile: Richard Sharp". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  6. ^ "The Story of Sharpe". Uktv.co.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  7. ^ "A word from Bernard Cornwell". Southessex.co.uk. 29 September 2002. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dickie Jeeps
English National Rugby Union Captain
1963
Succeeded by
Mike Weston
Preceded by
Budge Rogers
English National Rugby Union Captain
1967
Succeeded by
Phil Judd