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Doug Prentice

  • BirthplaceLeicester
  • Appearances239

The first Leicester Tiger to lead the British Isles on tour, Doug Prentice went on to serve for 15 years as secretary of the Rugby Football Union.

A back-row forward, he made 239 appearances for his hometown club as well as 65 for Leicestershire including the county’s championship triumph in 1925.

He was captain of Tigers in 1928-30 and gained his three England caps in the Grand Slam side of 1928 before being named captain of the British Isles squad for the tour to Australasia, where he played in two Tests.

He returned as manager of the British team in Argentina in 1936 and was an England selector for 15 years before taking over as secretary of the Union in 1947. Prentice also saw active service in both Wars, being badly wounded in World War One when he served with the Royal Artillery and then the ANZACs, and reaching the rank of lieutenant-colonel before being taken prisoner in the 1939-45 conflict.