David St George Hazell was born in Taunton, Somerset, in April 1931 and moved to the Midlands when his studies took him to Loughborough Colleges and a subsequent teaching job in Nottingham.
After making his Tigers debut in September 1953, prop Hazell scored 265 points for the club, including 15 tries and 59 conversions, in his 81 appearances up to April 1956. He represented Leicestershire and Somerset, and finished his playing career with Bristol after returning to the south-west to teach at Taunton School.
Hazell was capped four times by England in 1955, playing against Wales, Ireland, France and Scotland.
He is survived by daughter Katherine, son Jonathan and three grandchildren.