Date of Birth: March 27, 1883
Place of Birth: London
Position: Fly half
Internationals: 15 caps between 1905 and 1912
Inducted: England v Scotland (March 22, 2003)
Captained England in the first ever international at Twickenham, in 1910
The following article has been adapted from the original by Dai Llewellyn which focused on two players. It has been changed to highlight only the selected inductee’s information.
Billy Williams’ Cabbage Patch, as Twickenham was known after one of the RFU committee took the credit for discovering the market-garden site, was certainly a place of fond memories for Adrian Stoop. He led England to victory in the first international match to be staged at Twickenham, in 1910.
That was the first of his two matches as captain of England. His debut five years earlier had seen him on the losing side against Scotland at Richmond Athletic Ground but Stoop, after whom the Harlequins named their stadium just across the A316 from Twickenham, has a good record in these traditional clashes – the oldest fixture in international rugby.
The former Oxford Blue and Rugby schoolboy is also credited with reconstructing English back play at the start of what came to be known as The Stoop Era. He captained club and country, became a selector and was party to Quins’ tenancy of Twickenham in 1909. He also went on to become president of Quins as well as of the RFU.
Article by Dai Llewellyn