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Ernest Roberts (rugby union)

Ernest Roberts
Birth nameErnest William Roberts
Date of birth14 November 1878
Place of birthLowestoft
Date of death19 November 1933
Place of deathManchester (aged 55 years 5 days)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1901-1907  England 6 Pts:0;

Rear Admiral Ernest William Roberts, OBE (1878–1933) was a rugby union international who represented England from 1901 to 1907.[1] He also captained his country.[1] As a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, he served in Grand Fleet destroyers during the Great War.[2] He was awarded an OBE (Military Division) in 1923.[3]


Ernest Roberts was born on 14 November 1878 in Lowestoft.[1] He died on 19 November 1933 following an adjourned committee meeting to choose teams for an England trial match.[4] Roberts was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 22 November 1933.[5] There is a memorial stone in the churchyard of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin at Dedham, Essex commemorating Roberts, his wife and two children.[6]

The grave of Ernest Roberts in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Dedham, Essex

Rugby union career

Roberts made his international debut on 5 January 1901 at Cardiff Arms Park in the Wales vs England match.[1] Of the 6 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 0 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 16 March 1907 at Rectory Field, Blackheath in the England vs Scotland match.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ernest Roberts Profile on
  2. ^ "Eng. Rear-Admiral E. W. Roberts". The Times (46606). 20 November 1933. p. 17.
  3. ^ "Order Of British Empire - Military Awards". The Times (43357). 2 June 1923. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Great Loss To Rugby Union. Selector's Death After Adjourned Meeting". Western Daily Press (25286). 20 November 1933. p. 3. Retrieved 17 February 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Deaths". The Times (46607). 21 November 1933. p. 1.
  6. ^ "RADM Ernest William Roberts (1878-1933)". Find a Grave. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2019.