Don Rutherford, English rugby union player, Died at 79


Donald Rutherford was born on September 22, 1937, and died in November 2016.

He was an England international rugby union player.

Don was also the first ever Technical Director of the Rugby Football Union at Twickenham, becoming Director of Rugby where he served with distinction from 1969 – 1999.

As a player, he played for St Luke’s College, RAF, Combined Services, Percy Park, Wasps and Northumberland.

But, Rutherford was most closely associated with Gloucester and Gloucestershire for whom he played from 1964 to 1968.

Rutherford won fourteen caps for England, the first in 1960 against Wales, which England won 14–0; and toured Australia and New Zealand with the 1966 British Lions.

Rutherford appeared for the Barbarians on a number of occasions between 1960 and 1968 including one as captain.

Don Rutherford passed away at 79 years old.