Sir Bill is one of the greats of English Rugby Union. His triumphs in 1980 will never be forgotten - he led England to their first Grand Slam since 1957 and was captain of the British Lions. His playing career was cut short by injury but he went on to forge a successful broadcasting career as a commentator and analyst with BBC and Sky TV and as the longest serving team captain on A Question of Sport. He was the Lions' manager for the 2005 tour to New Zealand and Chairman of the RFU and the Six Nations Council as well as representing England on the Council and Executive Committee of the International Rugby Board. In May 2016 he was elected Chairman of World Rugby and in 2019 was knighted for services to rugby union football. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross in the New Year Honours 2024.

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