Full name Paul John Ackford
Born February 26, 1958, Hanover
Current age 57 years 4 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, British and Irish Lions XV, Cambridge University, England, England XV
|British and Irish Lions||1989-1989||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||66.66|
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1991-1991||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||2||0||60.00|
|Test debut||England v Australia at Twickenham, Nov 5, 1988 match details|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Twickenham, Nov 2, 1991 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Paul Ackford was a lock for both England and the British and Irish Lions, touring with the Lions in Australia in 1989. Ackford was a police officer during his playing days and came to the attention of the England selectors after joining Harlequins and the Police in 1988.
He won his first England cap against Australia in November 1988, aged 30. He was soon on the plane to Australia with the Lions, where he played in all three Tests as the Lions took the series. He was infamously knocked out by young Argentina prop Federico Mendez at Twickenham in 1990.
Ackford was part of the England side that won the Grand Slam in 1991, and retired following the Rugby World Cup later that year, becoming a journalist.