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Last Updated: Monday, 22 March, 2004, 17:56 GMT
Former Lion Jackson dies
Former England and Lions wing Peter Jackson has died, aged 74.

Jackson, one of English rugby's finest post-war players, won 20 caps between 1956 and 1963, and starred during the 1959 Lions tour to New Zealand.

Rugby Football Union president Robert Horner said: "It was with deep regret that I learnt of Peter's passing away.

"He played for Coventry, England and the British and Irish Lions with great distinction and went on to become a highly-respected administrator."

Jackson was an elusive runner who captained Coventry and Warwickshire.

One of his greatest moments came at Twickenham in 1958 when England, reduced to 14 men, were hanging on for a draw with Australia.

Peter made a huge contribution to the sport on and off the field of play
RFU president Robert Horner

Hemmed in on the right touchline and confronted by several defenders, Jackson set off on one of his trademark weaving runs to claim a stunning winning try as England prevailed 9-6 against all odds.

Born in Birmingham in 1929, he played for Old Edwardians and North Midlands before joining Coventry in 1954.

Off the field after retirement, he became fixture secretary, club secretary and finally president of Coventry and Warwickshire.

He also served on the National Clubs' Association as secretary before the game went professional.




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