17
Matches
28
Points Scored
8
Tries Scored
0
Penalties Scored
0
Conversions
1
Drop Goals Scored

A fine all-round sportsman in his school days, Ronald Poulton-Palmer quickly developed into one of the best – if not the best – rugby player of his generation.

Easy on the eye both in terms of his good looks and playing style, the centre three-quarter is widely referred to as rugby’s first real superstar. Always self-effacing, Poulton-Palmer took the hype surrounding him from an early age in his long stride.

In just six seasons of senior rugby, as an international and in club and representative rugby with Oxford University, Harlequins, Liverpool, East Midlands and London, Poulton-Palmer broke countless individual records – some that survive to this day – and left a lasting impression on everyone who saw him play.

Sadly, only a year after captaining England to Four Nations glory Poulton-Palmer’s life was cut short when he was shot dead by a German sniper on the Western Front, in May 1915, aged just 25.

Inducted in September 2015

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