Bernard Gadney

Bernard Gadney
Full name Bernard Cecil Gadney
Date of birth (1909-07-16)16 July 1909
Place of birth Oxford, England
Date of death 15 November 2000(2000-11-15) (aged 91)
Place of death Ipswich, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
School Dragon School
Occupation(s) Teacher
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team

1929 - 1939
Leicester Tigers
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1932 - 1938
Great Britain

Bernard Cecil Gadney (16 July 1909[1] - 15 November 2000[2]) was an English rugby union footballer who played as a scrum-half for Leicester Tigers, England and the British Lions. Gadney won 14 England caps between 1932 and 1938 and was captain on eight occasions.

Born in Oxford, he was educated at Dragon School and Stowe. His brother Cyril Gadney was an international rugby referee and President of the RFU. He made his Leicester debut in 1929 and went on to make 170 appearances for the club. He made his England debut v Ireland in 1932, and was appointed captain in 1934, becoming Leicester's first England captain, and leading England to the Triple Crown. In 1936 he led England to a win against the All Blacks at Twickenham - a game known as Obolensky's game.[2] Later in the same year, he led a Great Britain team to a 10-0 winning series against Argentina.

After retiring from international rugby he became headmaster of Malsis School, a prep school. During the Second World War he served as an officer in the Royal Navy.

Shortly after his death, Gadney was, along with Nick Farr-Jones inducted into the Museum of Rugby wall of fame in 2000[3] - the first to be inducted.


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