IRB Hall of Fame - Induction No.94 - William Blackledge Beaumont OBE (England and British & Irish Lions) 1952-

One of seven legends inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in London on 17 November 2014. These inductions represent the incorporation into the IRB Hall of Fame following the acquisition of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

Born: 9 March, 1952 in Preston, England 

An inspirational leader of men, Bill Beaumont is best known for captaining England to the Grand Slam in 1980, which, at the time, was their first ‘clean sweep’ in 23 years. England’s success made him a natural choice to lead the British & Irish Lions on the tour of South Africa that year. It was his second Lions tour having been called up as a replacement for the series against New Zealand in 1977.

A proud Lancastrian, who represented Fylde and his home county with distinction, Beaumont possessed ball-handling skills and the physicality to mix it with the best and was a mainstay of the England second row for seven years. He did not miss a single match from his second international appearance against Australia through to his 41st and final Test in 1982 - a remarkable achievement given the inconsistency of selection at the time.

An extremely popular character, Beaumont made 319 appearances in the 1980s/90s as team captain on the hugely popular TV show A Question of the Sport. He has undertaken a number of important administrative roles in rugby since his retirement, among them vice-chairman of the International Rugby Board and team manager of the 2005 pride of Lions. Awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2008 birthday honours, he was elected chairman of the RFU in 2012.