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Former RFU President Peter Trunkfield dies

30 December 2010

  • Former President Peter Trunkfield has passed away
  • Popular Buckinghamshire figure had international circle of friends

Former RFU President Peter Trunkfield

Photo: RFU Archive

The Rugby Football Union, the Buckinghamshire RFU and the wider rugby family has lost a great friend and servant with the death of former RFU President Peter Trunkfield. He was 80.

He was President of the RFU in 1998/99 following his time as RFU Council representative for Buckinghamshire and enjoyed a wide international circle of rugby friends after acting as a Liaison Officer for incoming tours to the UK for over 20 years.

He played for Bletchley RFC in his youth and was also a member of Marlow RFC as player, administrator and President.

"Peter was a hugely popular figure, a great worker for the game and a genuine rugby man of the highest order,” said RFU Chairman Martyn Thomas.

"He was well respected throughout rugby and especially among his former Council and Constituent Body colleagues.

"His involvement spanned the amateur and professional eras and I honestly don’t think he had an enemy in the world. He was active in the game right up to his death and I was with him at a recent Buckinghamshire Roadshow.

"He rang me and wrote to me on a regular basis and his wise counsel, as well as his genial nature, will long be remembered by everyone who came into contact with him.

"Our sincere condolences go to his wife Pat and his son and daughter."