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Dorset & Wiltshire Celebrate 75 Years Of Rugby

Dorset & Wiltshire Rugby

12:01pm 28th November 2013

A very successful 75th Anniversary Dinner was held at The Knoll House Hotel, Studland, Dorset to celebrate the first 75 years of the Dorset & Wiltshire Rugby Football which was formed in 1939 when the Dorset Rugby Union merged with the Wiltshire Rugby Union. 

The new Dorset & Wiltshire Union was then allowed to enter a team in the RFU's County Championship and also became one of its Constituent Bodies entitled to elect a member on the RFU Council to represent the interests of its member clubs. Two of these representatives have became Presidents of The Rugby Football Union: Douggie Harrison 1966-67, and Willie Wildash 2011-12.

In recent years Dorset & Wiltshire has won two County Shield Finals at Twickenham. In 2010 they beat Surrey 43-22, and in 2011 they won for the second year running against Leicestershire 36-26.

County president John Palmer welcomed the principal guests. Past RFU President and former Dorset and Wilts president Willie Wildash, Bob Reeves current RFU President, Ian Beer CBE, Past RFU President and former Dorset and Wilts County Captain and England international player and finally former Dorset and Wilts President Arthur Bowden who also turned out for the Twin Counties xv way back in 1948.

One hundred and fifty people from 19 Dorset and Wilts clubs attended the dinner with speeches from Ian Beer, Bob Reeves and Arthur Bowden.


Picture Caption - (Supplied by Idris Martin)


Ian Beer CBE, Past President RFU, Captain Dorset & Wiltshire XV 1956-60

Willie Wildash, Past President RFU and Dorset & Wiltshire RFU

Arthur Bowden, Past President Dorset & Wiltshire RFU, played for Dorset & Wiltshire XV in 1948

John Palmer, President Dorset & Wiltshire

Bob Reeves, President Rugby Football Union

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