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Ex-England prop Paul Rendall dies

1988: The England front row of Gareth Chilcott (left), Brian Moore (centre) and Paul Rendall (right) scrum down during a match. Mandatory Credit: Russell Cheyne/Allsport

Former England prop Paul Rendall has died aged 69 following a battle with motor neurone disease.


Rendall won 28 caps in a Test career lasting from 1984 to 1991, playing his final game in a World Cup pool match against Italy, after which he was struck down by an Achilles injury.

Nicknamed ‘The Judge’ because of his role as fines master when on tour, the loosehead came to international rugby late after making his debut against Wales as a 30-year-old.

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He played in a fearsome front row completed by Brian Moore and Jeff Probyn before being squeezed out by the emergence of Jason Leonard.

“We lost Paul Rendall ‘The Judge’ today,” said Rendall’s last England captain Will Carling on Twitter.

“The man quietly taught a young captain the importance of enjoying life! He was a master. He was also genuine, kind, loyal and tough. A lovely man.”

The Wasps stalwart, who went on to become head coach and director of rugby at Bracknell RFC, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.


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Luis 398 days ago

descanse en paz

Tom 399 days ago

What a great character. What was that story about his achilles snapping loudly in a scrum? Didn't he then go on to say 'Golf's off' (to everyone's amusement) before being stretchered off? RIP The Judge,

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