Phil Judd - RIP


Referees in England
Feb 4, 2007
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Former Coventry & England prp & captain Phil Judd has died aged 81.
Coventry and Warwickshire rugby union is mourning the sudden loss of former England captain and prop forward Phil Judd at the age of 81.

Juddy, as he was to many who knew him, captained Coventry, Warwickshire, Midland Counties and England during an illustrious first class career which spanned 16 seasons.
Born in Coventry, Phil joined the Coventry club after first playing for Broad Street Old Boys. He made his Cov debut in the 1952-53 season and went on to make 442 appearances before retiring after the 1967-68 campaign.
He completed his club career just ten matches short of the all-time record of 452 subsequently set by his team-mate George Cole.

Judd was club captain at Coventry for five seasons, 1957-60 and 1966-68, and was part of the famed McLean-Godwin-Judd front row.

He played 77 games for Warwickshire in a period which saw then win the County Championship six times, bowing out after the 1967-68 final, and also represented Midland Counties om several occasions against touring sides.

Judd made his England international debut against Wales in 1962, the first of 22 caps with the last five as captain.