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Wednesday, 15 November, 2000, 18:05 GMT
Former England captain dies
Matt Dawson and Bernard Gadney
Matt Dawson with ex-England skipper Bernard Gadney
Tributes are being paid to former England rugby union captain Bernard Gadney, who has died in hospital.

Aged 91, he was both the oldest surviving England international player and international captain in the world.

The former Leicester scrum-half won 14 caps between 1932 and 1938.

He led his country eight times, most notably during a Triple Crown-winning season in 1934.

Gadney also skippered England to victory against New Zealand in 1936, a match remembered as Obolensky's game after the Russian prince scored two tries.

Outstanding

That same year, Gadney captained a British touring side to Argentina.

Rugby Football Union president Budge Rogers said: "Bernard Gadney was an outstanding scrum-half and England captain. He will be greatly missed."

Leicester chief executive Peter Wheeler added: "He was the first Leicester player to captain England and one of the most influential players ever to wear a Tigers shirt."

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