Sexton joins the police, six other rugby players who worked on the 'force' - Ruck

Sexton joins the police, six other rugby players who worked on the ‘force’

Brother of Johnny and former London Irish second-row Jerry Sexton has successfully completed his police training as he looks towards a career in the force once he finishes his rugby career.

Below, we look at six other players from down the years who worked for the ‘Old Bill’.

1. Dean Richards

Richards was schooled at John Cleveland College, in Hinckley, and was a police constable for Leicestershire Constabulary between the 1980s and 1990s before English rugby union became professional. He had a long playing career with Leicester Tigers, and played 48 times for England and six times for the British & Irish Lions. The 55-year-old is now the boss of Premiership side Newcastle Falcons.

2. Martin Bayfield

He served with the Metropolitan Police from 1985 to 1989, before transferring to Bedfordshire Police. The 208 cm (6 ft 10in) tall Bayfield made his England debut in 1991, and although he was omitted from the 1991 World Cup squad, he was a part of the 1992 Five Nations Grand Slam winning side. He went on the 1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand, and was part of the 1995 World Cup squad. Since retirement, Bayfield has worked as a presenter for BT Sport, an after-dinner speaker, and has appeared in all of the Harry Potter films playing the half-giant Hagrid, as Robbie Coltrane’s body and stunt double.