Full name Reginald Halsey Birkett
Born March 28, 1849, London
Died June 30, 1898, Kingston (aged 49 years 94 days)
Major teams England
|Test debut||Scotland v England at Edinburgh, Mar 27, 1871 match details|
|Last Test||England v Ireland at The Oval, Feb 5, 1877 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most tries | Tournament list|
Reg Birkett was one of the first double internationals, representing England at both rugby and football. He was picked for the first rugby international in 1871 and scored England's first try. He turned out three more times between then and 1877, going on to serve on the RFU committee, and in 1879 was picked for his one football international. A fearless goalkeeper, his club football was for Lancing Old Boys and Clapham Rovers, winning the FA Cup with the latter in 1880. A skin and fur broker by profession, he died of typhoid following an accident. His brother and son were also rugby internationals.