|Birth name||Ernest William Roberts|
|Date of birth||14 November 1878|
|Place of birth||Lowestoft|
|Date of death||19 November 1933|
|Place of death||Manchester (aged 55 years 5 days)|
|Rugby union career|
Rear Admiral Ernest William Roberts, OBE (1878–1933) was a rugby union international who represented England from 1901 to 1907. He also captained his country. As a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, he served in Grand Fleet destroyers during the Great War. He was awarded an OBE (Military Division) in 1923.
Ernest Roberts was born on 14 November 1878 in Lowestoft. He died on 19 November 1933 following an adjourned committee meeting to choose teams for an England trial match. Roberts was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 22 November 1933. 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.
Roberts made his international debut on 5 January 1901 at Cardiff Arms Park in the Wales vs England match. Of the 6 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 0 occasions. He played his final match for England on 16 March 1907 at Rectory Field, Blackheath in the England vs Scotland match.
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