Full name Bevan Stanislaus Chantrill
Born February 11, 1897, Barton Regis
Died February 25, 1988, Scottburgh (aged 91 years 14 days)
Major teams Bristol Rugby, England
|Test debut||Wales v England at Swansea, Jan 19, 1924 match details|
|Last Test||England v Scotland at Twickenham, Mar 15, 1924 match details|
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A small but fearless fullback, Bunny Chantrill played in all four of England's Five Nations games when they achieved the Grand Slam in 1924. A slightly controversial call-up, he played well in the win against Wales in the first match and retained his place for the remainder of the season when his fearsome defence was key to side's success. "I love tacking more than anything else in rugby," he said. "What a glorious feeling it is". But, as The Times noted, by the time the next campaign started he had "fallen from grace with almost alarming rapidity", not helped by injury. He continued to play well for Bristol and subsequently Rosslyn Park, also being an excellent kicker, without ever coming back into the selectors' thoughts. His career continued when he headed to South Africa in 1929 to prospect for gold, playing for Natal, and also returning to Bristol for a short time when he came back to England in 1931 before emigrating to South Africa for good. He served in the SAAF in World War Two, having served with the Royal Flying Corp in World War One.
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