Chairman Bill Beaumont
Photo: RFU Archive
Born on 9th March 1952 in Preston, Lancashire, Bill Beaumont is a former England and Fylde lock who won 34 caps for his country and Captained the team on 21 occasions. He led England to their first Grand Slam for thirty three years, in 1980 and played seven times for the British & Irish Lions. Bill won three County Championships with Lancashire before retiring from playing in 1982.
The County Championship was named in Bill’s honour in 2007 and is now known as the Bill Beaumont Cup. Bill is a Life Vice President of his former club Fylde and is heavily involved in charity work as Vice President of the Lancashire Association of Youth Clubs, SPARKS and the Lord Taverners. He is also Honorary President of the rugby charity ‘Wooden Spoon.’
Through his IRB work, Bill travels the world promoting the game of rugby union and the IRB global charity, the United Nations World Food programme. Bill was voted into the IRB International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003.
Bill has continued to run the family textile business in addition to fulfilling a successful broadcasting career with the BBC, notably through his appearances on ‘A Question of Sport’.
Bill Beaumont has dedicated a significant amount of his time however to the sport of rugby union through a number of important administrative roles, all of which have been unpaid.
Roles on the RFU Council (representing Lancashire), representing the RFU on the IRB Council, Director of the Six Nations and Rugby World Cup and in 2005 he acted as Tour Manager for the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
Bill Beaumont is the second recipient of the CBE for services to rugby union in England. Martin Johnson was awarded the CBE in 2004.