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George Burton (rugby union)


George Burton (rugby union)

George Burton
Full name George William Burton
Date of birth 29 August 1855
Place of birth Wakefield[1]
Date of death 17 September 1890
Place of death West Hampstead (aged 35 years 19 days)
School Winchester College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Forward
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Blackheath F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1879-1881  England 6 Goals:0;

George Burton was a rugby union international who represented England from 1879 to 1881.[1]

Early life

George Burton was born on 29 August 1855 in Wakefield.[1] He attended Winchester College.[2]

Rugby union career

Burton made his international debut on 10 March 1879 at Edinburgh in the Scotland vs England match.[1] He was considered a very fast and "brilliant player" when the ball was in the open. A good friend of Arthur Budd, he was similar in style in that he was known to do little work in the scrummage itself, but contributed significantly to their club, Blackheath FC and England. He also captained Blacheath for a time. Also considered a fine dribbler, attributed to his education at Winchester, and a sure tackle.[2] Of the 6 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 4 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 19 March 1881 at Edinburgh in the Scotland vs England match.[1]


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