Full name Alfred Ernest Wood
Born November 27, 1883, Wolverhampton
Died February 15, 1963, Oldham (aged 79 years 80 days)
Major teams England
|Test debut||France v England at Colombes, Jan 1, 1908 match details|
|Last Test||England v Ireland at Richmond, Feb 8, 1908 match details|
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Wood played played for Gloucester as their extra half-back against the original All Blacks in 1905, but he was mainly noted as a fullback with a siege-gun kick. He came to the attention of the England selection committee playing for Devon and later Gloucestershire in the County Championship.
In the winter of 1907-08, after some outstanding performances for Gloucestershire, Wood finally forced his way into the South XV that faced the North in a match played at Hartlepool.
He cut an impressive figure in the South's 26-3 victory in what was effectively the final England trial and he was selected to make his international debut against France on New Year's Day, 1908. He also played against Wales (in the famous fog match at Bristol) and Ireland that season before turning professional and signing for Oldham, where he enjoyed a long and successful league career.