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Former England captain Dickie Jeeps dies aged 84

Former British and Irish Lions scrum-half and England captain Dickie Jeeps has died at the age of 84.

Jeeps, whose international career spanned from 1955 to 1962, won 13 caps for the Lions - a record at the time - and 24 for England, captaining his country on 13 occasions.

Unusually he played for the Lions before England, representing the former in August and September 1955 and forming a formidable partnership with Wales fly-half Cliff Morgan. That was the first of his three Lions tours.

Jeeps' England debut came in January 1956 against Morgan's Wales, but he was dropped following a defeat and had to wait a year for his next England cap. He played in all four matches of England's 1957 grand slam.

Following his second Lions tour, to Australia and New Zealand, Jeeps became England skipper at the start of 1960 and led his country for the next two seasons.

On his last appearance before international retirement he captained the Lions in the final Test of four versus South Africa in August 1962.

Jeeps played at club level for Cambridge and Northampton. After his playing career he served as Rugby Football Union president between 1976-77 and was awarded the CBE in 1977.

RFU president Peter Baines told the governing body's website: "Dickie was a true rugby legend and an iconic player.

"He was the finest scrum-half of his day, led his country, and went on to become both RFU President and Sports Council Chairman. He was a figure that everyone looked up to, and he leaves a great legacy for rugby and for sport in general."


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