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Ronald Poulton-Palmer

Nation: England
Place of Birth: Headington
Position: Centre/Wing
Internationals: 17 caps between 1909 and 1914
Inducted: April 7, 2001

When Ronnie Poulton-Palmer was killed by sniper fire in 1915 at the age of just 24, he had already achieved much with his short life. Captaining England to their second Grand Slam before the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, he was described as the finest threequarter in the world at that time. Aside from rugby union, Poulton-Palmer was a keen social reformer and volunteered many hours to the lads clubs of Manchester and Reading. His final words are rumoured to have been “I shall never play at Twickenham again.”

Ronnie Poulton (later Poulton-Palmer) was killed in action in World War I, just 13 months after captaining England to the 1914 Grand Slam. He scored five tries including four against France, as England recorded their first back-to-back Slams.

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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