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RFU President pays tribute to Peter Grace

17 January 2012

  • RFU president praises Grace's experience and expertise
  • RFU Council "Father of the House" will not seek re-election

Willie Wildash, the President of the Rugby Football Union, has paid tribute to Peter Grace, the ‘Father of the House’ on the RFU Council, who has announced he will not be seeking re-election.

Grace, 73, is the oldest member of the RFU Council and has represented North Midlands – the Constituent Body that covers Greater Birmingham, Shropshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire – since 1996.

“Peter's commitment to the RFU for the past 16 years and the whole game, including North Midlands for nearly 40 years, and his Club Five Ways Old Edwardians has been absolutely outstanding. We all owe him a debt of gratitude,” said Wildash.

“His experience within the community game has been a crucial factor during its development in the new millennium an era which heralded increased funding of club facilities by the RFU.

“This has been complemented by his professional expertise during the development of Twickenham Stadium and, in particular, the redevelopment of the South Stand and its iconic sculpture dedicated to the games core values. The latter, I know, have always been close to Peter's heart.

“Recently, Peter found time to make a huge contribution towards the successful staging of the Women's Rugby World Cup in England 2010.

“Peter is very much looking forward to RWC 2015 and I am certain that he will remain involved in this great game of ours for many years to come.”

Grace, who served North Midlands as secretary and President before he was elected to the RFU Council, will step down at the RFU annual meeting in July.