13 November 2013:

Royal Marines in the England Rugby Union team

Sporting memorabilia from our collection

Sporting memorabilia from our collection

As the finale to this year’s Six Nations Rugby Union Tournament is fast approaching it seems a good moment to highlight the exploits of members of the Royal Marines who have played this sport at the highest level.

After looking through the sporting memorabilia in our collections, this has become a tale of an Englishman, a Scotsman and a Welshman who all ended up playing for the same country…

Perhaps the most high profile Royal Marine to have represented England is Sir Basil Alexander Hill KBE CB DSO JP. Indeed, he also captained his country on two occasions.