Full name William Johnston
Born November 25, 1885, Horfield, Bristol
Died November 29, 1939, Bristol (aged 54 years 4 days)
Major teams England
|Test debut||England v Wales at Twickenham, Jan 15, 1910 match details|
|Last Test||France v England at Colombes, Apr 13, 1914 match details|
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England fullback Bill Johnston, one of a remarkable succession of Bristol players to hold the position, was Irish-born. A debutant against Wales in 1910, he enhanced the solid impression made on that occasion with a brave defensive display against Ireland a month later, frequently halting Irish footrushes by diving among their feet - a requirement of old-style fullback that helps explain why his eventual tally of 16 caps would remain an English record until overtaken by Bob Hiller in the early 1970s.