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Cornish Pirates to host an Evening with Bill Beaumont

By Nath_Richards  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

By Phil Westren

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RFU chairman Bill Beaumont

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Former England captain Bill Beaumont, the current RFU chairman, will be the guest speaker at 'An Evening With Bill Beaumont' event, to be held in the new entertainment marquee at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, on Saturday March 1.

This 'book the date in your diary' event promises to be a most memorable evening, in the presence of a rugby legend, who is also a very amusing and highly entertaining speaker.

The evening starts at 7pm with a welcome reception followed by a sumptuous three-course meal.

Following the meal there is the chance to win a raffle prize, before sitting back to enjoy the main event of the evening.

However, It doesn’t stop there, for as a finale there will be an auction where those present could bid to secure one of many sought after lots.

The evening is priced at £45 per head or £40 per head for Cornish Pirates sponsors, committed shareholders and season ticket holders.

The dinner will be arranged in tables of ten and the dress code is black tie and posh frocks. Proceeds will go to the Cornish Pirates and the RNLI.

For more information, including booking, please visit www.cornish-pirates.com

Bill Beaumont – a brief profile:

Born in Chorley, Lancashire, and now aged 61, Bill was educated at Cressbrook School, Kirkby Lonsdale, and later at Ellesmere College in Shropshire.

He joined Fylde in 1969 and stayed with the famous club until injury forced him to retire in 1982.

Bill won 34 caps for England, then a record for a lock, and was captain 21 times. His first cap was in Dublin against Ireland in 1975, when a famous Pirate, 'Stack' Stevens, also played.

Playing in three tests for the British Lions against New Zealand in 1977 after being called up as a replacement was a proud achievement, as was skippering the North of England to a memorable victory against the 'All Blacks' in 1979. He also enjoyed representing Lancashire and playing 15 times for the Barbarians.

In 1980 Bill not only led England to their first Grand Slam for 23 years, but also captained the Lions on their tour of South Africa.

If not already a household name, he then became a captain on the BBC's 'A Question of Sport' for a record 14 years.

Presently the managing director of his family's textile business in Lancashire, his continued rugby involvement has seen him perform many roles.

Since 1999 he has represented England on the IRB, and was tour manager for the 2005 Lions in New Zealand. Besides being appointed Chairman of the RFU in 2012, he is an Honorary President of the rugby charity Wooden Spoon.

In 2007 the RFU announced that the winners of the English County Championship would be awarded the Bill Beaumont Cup, and in the 2008 Birthday Honours, while already an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

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