Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
Global Global

Former dual-code international Bev Risman dies

Wing forward J Clement and fly half Bev Risman of the England rugby team. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images)

Former dual-code international Bev Risman has died at the age of 85, the Rugby Football League has announced.


Risman represented England and toured with the British and Irish Lions in rugby union before switching to league with Leigh in 1961 and later moving to Leeds.

The son of another rugby league great in Gus Risman, he captained Great Britain in the 1968 World Cup and won both the Championship and Challenge Cup with Leeds.

Video Spacer

Video Spacer

He was forced to retire by injury in 1970 but remained an influential figure in the game. He helped establish student rugby league, managed Fulham and became a director at London Broncos.

Risman was born in Salford but raised in Cumbria, and later returned north to serve as chairman at Carlisle.

He was added to the sport’s roll of honour in 2005, served as RFL president in 2010 and was awarded an OBE for services to rugby league in 2012.

RFL chief executive Tony Sutton said: “On behalf of the RFL and the sport, we send condolences to Bev Risman’s family and friends – and we pay tribute to a man who made such a contribution to both codes of rugby as a player, and to rugby league in such a range of roles after his retirement.”


Leeds announced a minute’s silence would be held prior to Friday’s Super League game between the Rhinos and Huddersfield, with players wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.

Risman made 162 appearances for Leeds, kicking 611 goals and scoring 20 tries for the club. Four of his goals came in Leeds’ famous win in the 1968 ‘Watersplash’ Challenge Cup final against Wakefield.


Join free



Trending on RugbyPass


Be the first to comment...

Join free and tell us what you really think!

Sign up for free

Latest Features

Comments on RugbyPass

Turlough 4 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

13 Go to comments
TRENDING The bite don't match the bark The bite don't match the bark