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William Steele (rugby union)

William Charles Common Steele (born 18 April 1947)[1] also known as Billy Steele,[2] is a former Scotland international rugby union player.

The first club he played for was Langholm RFC, in his hometown of Langholm in south west Scotland.[2]

He represented the British and Irish Lions on the 1974 tour to South Africa and at the time played club rugby for Bedford F.C.[2][3]

His "day job" was in the RAF.[2]

As Richard Bath says:

"Never the quickest of wingers, Steele's gritty defensive qualities and combative nature combined perfectly with some of the more attacking Scottish internationals of his day, particularly Andy Irvine and David Shedden."[2]


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)
  1. ^ Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 12:19. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bath, p161
  3. ^ Thomas, J. B. G. (1974). The Greatest Lions. London: Pelham Books. ISBN 0-7207-0786-2.