Full name William Wavell Wakefield
Also known as Baron Wakefield of Kendal
Born March 10, 1898, Beckenham
Died August 12, 1983, Kendal (aged 85 years 155 days)
Major teams England
|Test debut||Wales v England at Swansea, Jan 17, 1920 match details|
|Last Test||France v England at Colombes, Apr 2, 1927 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Strong, athletic and quick, Wavell Wakefield was an inspirational captain for England and wascredited with reinventing the role of the back-row forward, which had until his time been a static position. A stalwart of the Harlequins throughout the 1920s, he made his England debut in 1920 and in the next seven years made 31 appearances. He was captain 13 times, leading England to back-to-back Grand Slams in 1923 and 1924.
Wakefield retired in 1930 and went on to be a Conservative MP, being knighted in 1944 and on his retirement from parliament in 1963 became the first Baron Wakefield of Kendal. He retained strong links with the game as RFU president (1950) and president of the Harlequins (1950-1980). He was also president of the Ski Club of Great Britain, the British Sub Aqua Club and the British Water Ski Federation. In 1999 he was inducted as the first English member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.