Yorkshire XV: How would an all-time team of players born in God’s Own County look?
While Yorkshire has always been a regional hotbed of rugby, the county has often been more focussed on rugby league.
However, when looking at the players who have come from there down the years it’s clear and obvious there is still a love for the union side of the game.
Here is a starting 15 of the best rugby union players from Yorkshire:
Fullback: Jason Robinson
Born in Leeds, the 44-year-old was a English dual-code international in rugby league, and rugby union throughout 1990s and 2000s.
Playing as a wing or fullback, he won fifty-one rugby union international caps for England, winning the World Cup in 2003, and in rugby league he won twelve caps for Great Britain, and seven for England.
Winger: Rory Underwood
The winger, born in Middlesborough, starred for the British & Irish Lions, England, Leicester Tigers and the Royal Air Force. He still holds the record for the highest number of tries in England colours with a total of 49.
Centre: Sir Ian Mcgeechan
McGeechan was born in Leeds to a Glaswegian father, going onto represent Scotland 32 times while also winning 8 caps for the British & Irish Lions across two tours (1975 & 1977).
It was a coach that he really made his name, being a part of five British & Irish Lions tours while also having roles at Wasps, Northampton, Scotland and Yorkshire Carnegie down the years.
Centre: Mike Tindall
Arguably one of England’s most consistent performers of his era, Mike Tindall, who was born in Otley, was a key member of the side that captured the Rugby World Cup crown in 2003. But his career, which was at times a stop-start affair because of injury.
Winger: John Bentley
The speedster was a big, fast and aggressive wing who played four times for England between 1988 – 1999. Inbetween he switched codes and played international rugby league for Great Britain while representing Leeds, Halifax and a short stint with Balmain in Australia.
After rugby union turned professional he reverted back to it- a code in which he had made his international debut against Ireland in 1988 – and signed for the Newcastle Falcons before touring with the British & Irish Lions in 1997.