Rugby mourns passing of former RFU Secretary Weighill
October 28, 2000

English rugby is mourning the loss of one of the game's most respected administrators and former players, Bob Weighill, aged 80.

Air Commodore R H G Weighill CBE DFC captained England on the last of four caps in the late 1940s, having served in the Second World War as an RAF pilot.

He became Secretary of the RFU in 1974, and later did distinguished service as secretary to the Five Nations and Home Unions Committee.

The Rugby Football Union have published the following obituary:

Robert Harold George Weighill CBE DFC
1920 - 2000

It is with deep regret that the RFU was informed on Friday of the death of former England captain Air Commodore R H G Weighill CBE DFC. Bob was a great servant of the game and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Born 9.9.1920

Educated Wirral Grammar School

Free style swimming champion of Cheshire 1935-36

Served with Cheshire County Constabulary 1937-1941

Joined RAF as a pilot. 1944 whilst in Fighter Command, awarded DFC, photographed landing beaches during invasion of second front. After war, commanded 138 Fighter wing and then RAF Cottesmore V bomber base. Served six years in Germany. Attended courses at Imperial Defence College, Joint Services Staff College, RAF Staff College, Air Warfare College and Empire Flying School. Completed RAF career as Air Commodore commanding RAF Technical Training School, Halton. ADC. H M Queen April 1968 awarded CBE 1970.

He played rugby for Birkenhead Park, Waterloo, Harlequins and Leicester. Captained the RAF XV from 1945-52. Captained Combined Services in 1951 and Notts, Lincs and Derby. He represented the RAF on the Rugby Union Committee from 1959, except for a two year break whilst overseas and was an England Selector from 1959-64. Also chairman of Combined Services Rugby Football.

Bob won four England Caps, two against Scotland 1947 & 48 and two against France 1947 & 48 and was captain for the last match. He became Secretary of the RFU in 1974 and retired in 1986. He then became Honorary Secretary of the Five Nations and Home Unions Committee - a post he filled until 1995.

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