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Jeffrey Butterfield

Jeffrey Butterfield

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BornHeckmondwike, Yorkshire, August 9 1929
Internationals28 caps between 1953 and 1959
InductedEngland v Australia (November 27, 2004)

The Northampton centre, who died in April 2004 aged 74, was renowned – among his many qualities – for his ability to off-load a perfectly timed pass to lurking team-mates.

He had a scorching turn of speed and played a heroic role in England’s 14-man victory over Australia at Twickenham in 1958. Butterfield had moved to fly half after Phil Horrocks-Taylor had to leave the field late in the first half. It was Butterfield who supplied the pass for Peter Jackson’s famous match-winning try.

Butterfield’s contributions can now be trumpeted from the Wall of Fame.

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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