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William Wavell Wakefield

Nationality: England
Place of Birth: London. March 10, 1898
Position: No.8/Flanker/Lock
Internationals: 31 caps between 1920 and 1927
Inducted: England v France (September 6, 2003)

The poster boy of 1920s rugby, William Wavell Wakefield remains one of the most enduring figures in Twickenham’s history.

Wakefield was predominantly a lock, but his head-down attacking style allowed him to play almost anywhere. His analytical approach to forward play impacted the game globally and laid the groundwork for a decade of English success.

He was an ever-present in the white shirt between 1920 and 1927 and won 31 caps in all, contributing to three Grand Slams, including one as captain in 1924.

He was knighted in 1944, became the RFU president in 1950, and was conferred the title Baron Wakefield of Kendal in 1963.

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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