Former England captain Perry dies aged 79

Former England captain David Perry has died at the age of 79, Bedford Blues Rugby Club have announced.

Perry made his England debut in 1963 in what was the first of 15 appearances for his country, including four games as captain in 1965.

Perry also played club rugby predominantly for Bedford, for whom he made 101 appearances and scored 115 points between 1962 and 1966.

The RFU said it was “saddened” to learn of Perry’s death.

Former RFU president Malcolm Phillips told the governing body’s website: “David was just starting his England career as I was finishing mine.

“We were fortunate to go on the very first England overseas rugby tour in 1963 to New Zealand. We played three Test matches in 10 days and lost them all.

“We had some memorable moments — such as playing Australia on the return journey at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a tropical storm in four inches of standing water. The score was irrelevant.”

After retiring from the game, Perry forged a successful business career including a period as chairman of board game manufacturer Waddingtons.

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