Sir William Wavell Wakefield was one of the best rugby players of his era and went on to have a great influence on the game even after he retired and it was on this day in rugby history in 1898 that the flanker was born.
Wakefield joined Harlequins after World War I and played with the side for the next 10 years. But it was with England that Wakefield was best remembered. He played 31 times for England, a record at the time, which included captaining the side 13 times. During this spell England won back-to-back Grand Slams.
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After hanging up his boots, Wakefield remained involved with the sport as Rugby Football Union president in 1950 and president of Harlequins from 1950-1980. He was the first English member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 1999.
1898 - Sir William Wavell Wakefield, 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal