Who is Steele-Bodger?
CambridgeSpace is closed on Wed 21 Nov 2018 as the rugby club have their Steel-Bodgers Match with 3,500 people attending.
Michael Roland Steele-Bodger CBE (born 4 September 1925) is a former English rugby union footballer who played flanker for Harlequins, England and the Barbarians, and is currently the President of the Barbarian Football Club and President of the East India Club, London.
He was educated at Rugby School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and played for Cambridge in The Varsity Match in 1945 and 1946. On graduation he studied at Edinburgh and he represented the Edinburgh University club for two full seasons. Steele-Bodger followed his father Harry by becoming a Veterinary Surgeon, as did his elder brother Alasdair who was also of the Edinburgh University club.
He gained 9 caps for England, playing in all 4 matches in the 1946-47 season and all 5 matches in the 1947-48 season. In his final international, against France in March 1948, Steele-Bodger had to move to scrum-half when Richard Madge left the field, despite suffering from concussion himself. An anterior cruciate ligament injury ended his playing career however in 1949. Subsequently, he was a selector for England and the Lions, President of the Rugby Football Union in 1973-74, and Chairman of the International Rugby Board.
In 1948, he inaugurated the annual tradition of bringing a guest Steele-Bodger XV to play Cambridge University as a warm-up to The Varsity Match.
He was an active member of Round Table (club) being one of the founding members of his local Tamworth Round Table in 1952.