John Pullin tribute: A man of honour and player of steel

Peter Jackson pays tribute to the former England captain who has died at 79

During the retreat eastwards from their team’s thrashing at Cardiff Arms Park, two England selectors stopped at John Pullin’s farm beneath the Severn Bridge.
They had called not to carpet the captain for conceding five Welsh tries without reply during the mismatch the previous day but to ensure he would not be ducking out of the next one, Ireland in Dublin.
The summit at Pear Tree Farm on Sunday, January 27, 1973 would change the course of Anglo-Irish history.
Scotland and Wales had opted out of the Celtic Brotherh...

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