Full name Alfred St George Hamersley
Born October 8, 1848, Great Haseley, Oxon
Died February 25, 1929, Bournemouth (aged 80 years 140 days)
Major teams England
|Test debut||Scotland v England at Edinburgh, Mar 27, 1871 match details|
|Last Test||England v Scotland at The Oval, Feb 23, 1874 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most tries | Tournament list|
Arthur Hamersley was a tall, powerful forward, with a reputation for working tirelessly in the scrum. He played in England's first international in 1871 and captained them in his last in 1874, after which he emigrated to New Zealand, helping to establish the game there. He was one of the founders of South Canterbury and then the Canterbury Union. In 1889 he moved to Canada where he continued his sporting missionary work, helping to found Vancouver RFC and was the first president of the British Columbia Rugby Union. He retuned to England, became an MP, and in World War One was a Lieutenant Colonel, serving on the Western Front in 1917. He was a barrister by profession.