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Jeffrey Butterfield

Jeffrey Butterfield

Physical Education 1951

After leaving Loughborough, Jeff became a teacher and continued to play rugby for Northampton. His playing career quickly gathered pace. Jeff represented England 28 times between 1953 and 1959, establishing a record for a centre by winning all of his caps in succession.

He captained England in the Five Nations Championship in 1959. In 1957, England won the grand slam, and Jeff’s reputation as an outstanding passer was secured. After many memorable appearances, including two tours with the Lions, Jeff retired in 1963.

As a player he was instrumental in introducing a new approach to squad training for England and the British Lions, teaching the basics of running and passing. In his retirement he remained in touch with the game through his London club and restaurant business, The Rugby Club of London, Northampton Saints and his Presidency of Milton Keynes Rugby Club.