William Yiend

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William Yiend
Full name William Yiend
Place of birth Winchcombe, England
Place of death Winchcombe, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 92.5 kg (14 st 8 lb)
Occupation(s) Railway Traffic Agent
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Forward
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Peterborough RFC
Keighley RFC
Hartlepool Rovers
Barbarians F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1889–1893  England 6 (0)

William "Pusher" Yiend (1865 – 22 January 1939)[1] was an English rugby union forward who played club rugby for Hartlepool Rovers and international rugby for England. In 1890 Yiend became one of the original members of the Barbarians Football Club. Yiend was also a cricketer, who represented Durham for one season before the club joined the Minor Counties Championship.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

Yiend was born in Winchcombe in 1861 to George Yiend, a mason and master grocer, and Rebecca Yiend (formerly Webb) Yiend played for several teams before gaining international recognition, including Peterborough,[3] and Keighley, before they turned to rugby league.[4] Yiend was first selected to play international rugby for England in the country's first encounter with an overseas touring team; The New Zealand Natives. Despite a comfortable win over the New Zealand team, Yiend would not play for England for another two seasons.

During the 1890-91 season, Yiend was approached by William Percy Carpmael to join his newly formed invitational tourists, the Barabarians. Yiend accepted and became a member of the first Barbarian squad.

Yiend was next selected for England during the 1892 Home Nations Championship. Yiend played in all three games, each of which England won, making Yiend a Triple Crown winning player. Yiend missed the opening game of the 1893 Championship, but was back in the team to face Ireland in a narrow win. His final game was the encounter with Scotland in the same Championship tournament, and finished in a defeat, the only international game in which Yiend finished on the losing side.


  • Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: Phoenix House. ISBN 0-460-07003-7. 
  • Jenkins, Vivian (1981). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1981-82. Aylesbury: Rothmans Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-907574-05-X. 


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