Micky was a true rugby legend. An accomplished player for England, the Barbarians, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University and Rugby School, he was also a leading light in rugby administration, serving as a Chairman of the International Rugby Board in 1981 and Council member for England to the IRB between 1975 and 1983, RFU President and a British & Irish Lions selector.

Micky was synonymous with the annual Steele-Bodger v Cambridge University Varsity warm-up match, which he organised for 71 years. But it is his association with the Barbarians for which Micky will be most fondly remembered. One of the great characters in the sport and a true champion of the Barbarian free-spirit ethos, he was the long-standing president of the world's most famous invitational side.

Micky was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours List in 1990 for services to the sport, which continued until this year.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “One of the sport’s great characters, Micky was rugby to his core, devoting his life to the sport he loved. An accomplished player and administrator, he was chairman of the International Rugby Board in 1981, but he will be best be remembered as the long-standing and dedicated president of the Barbarians, for whom he gave so much.

“Micky served rugby with distinction and was greatly respected by all who knew him and I am proud to have known him for a long time. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Muff and his family at this difficult time.”