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Tuesday Jun 13, 2023

Former England prop Paul Rendall passes away from motor neurone disease

69-year-old former England and Wasps prop Paul Rendall has unfortunately passed away following his battle with Motor Neurone disease.

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Nicknamed ‘the judge’ during his playing days, Rendall would win his first English cap at age thirty and played in the 1987 and 1991 Rugby World Cup.

He would go on to represent England on 28-occasions whilst forming a potent front-row combination with Brian Moore and Jeff Probyn.

After his playing career, Rendall worked at Bracknell RFC as their head coach and later director of Rugby between 1991 and 2001.

His time at Bracknell was highly successful as the club won five promotions to eventually play in the second division (now the Championship).

Upon the announcement of his passing, Bracknell RFC released the following statement: “Paul’s contribution to Bracknell RFC and the wider rugby community is immeasurable, and his humour, good nature, and spirit will be greatly missed by all that knew him.”

Speaking about Rendall as a man and also a friend, Moore said: “Paul looked after me when I was a fledgling international, in the hard school of the front row.

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“He was the best of men and a superb technician. I, and the world of rugby, will miss him greatly. RIP The Judge.”

Joining Moore in his praise of Rendall, former England captain Will Carling said: “The man quietly taught a young captain the importance of enjoying life! He was a master. He was also genuine, kind, loyal and tough. A lovely man.”

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