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Herbert George Fuller


Herbert George Fuller born 4th October 1856 in Bath. Attended Christs College, Finchley. He became captain of Bath aged only 19 in 1875-76 a post he held for 2 seasons before going to Peterhouse, Cambridge on October 2nd 1878. He became a rugby blue for a record 6 times. A fact that made the University create a limit of no more than 4 Blues per person. He joined Clifton RFC in 1879-80. He captained Somerset from 1882-1884

INTERNATIONAL RECORD: England Caps 1882-84

Career Record: P6, W4, D1, L1, Tries 0, Cons 0, Pen 0, DropG 0

6th Feb 1882 v Ireland (Lansdown Road) D 2T-2T

4th March 1882 v Scotland (Manchester) L 0-2T

16th Dec 1882 v Wales (St.Helens) W 2G,4T-0

5th Feb 1883 v Ireland (Manchester) W 1G,3T-1T

3rd March 1883 v Scotland (Raeburn Place) W 2T-1T

5th Jan 1884 v Wales (Leeds) W 1G,2T-1T

Back Row (L-R): E.M.Storey, C.M.Kennedy, H.G.Fuller. Middle Row: C.Boughton-Leigh, C.H.Coates, R.T.Finch, W.L.Agnew, S.E.Jones, S.R.James. Front Row: H.Y.L.Smith, C.P.Wilson, H.R.Calyton, P.H.Clifford, H.H.Browell. On Ground: P.T.Wrigley

Above the Cambridge University XV of 1878 with Clifton RFC player Herbert George Fuller. The 1878 Varsity match was delayed until 10th February 1879.

Back Row (L-R): J.T.Steele, J.J.Gover, H.Y.L.Smith, C.H.Golightly, R.M.Yetts, E.Storey, J.H.Payne, A.S.Taylor. Middle Row: P.T.Wrigley, E.S.Chapman, R.T.Finch, H.G.Fuller, C.H.Coates. Front Row: F.L.Cox, C.P.Wilson.

Above the Cambridge University XV of 1879 with Clifton RFC player Herbert George Fuller.


Above drawing of the 1879 Varsity match which was delayed and not played until 25th February 1880 with Cliftons Herbert George Fuller.

Back Row (L-R): R.M.Yetts, J.G.Tait, A.R.Don Wauchope, E.Rice, S.Pater, J.A.Bevan, E.Storey, W.M.MacLeod. Front Row: E.S.Chapman, H.G.Fuller, J.T.Steele, C.P.Wilson, P.T.Wrigley, H.Y.L.Smith, A.S.Taylor.

Above the Cambridge University XV of 1880 with Clifton RFC player Herbert George Fuller.

Back Row (L-R): S.Pater, C.J.B.Arriott. Middle Row: J.W.Dickson, H.G.Fuller, H.Y.L.Smith, A.R. Don Wanchope, R.M.Yetts. On Ground: H.S.Cooper, J.Hammond.

Above the Cambridge University XV of 1881 with Clifton RFC player Herbert George Fuller.

Fuller appeared in the 1881-82 England Trial match, North v South at Huddersfield.

1881 census has him living at 2 Underclift Terrace, Walton, Suffolk, England. The household comprised

Herbert Geo. FULLER Lodger (Head) Male, 24 years, born Bath, Somerset, England B.A.Cantab Tutor.
Arthur Ernest TAYLOR Lodger Male, 18 years, born Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales. Undergraduate Cantab
Frederick Mark CARTER Lodger U Male, 20 years, born Ponterfract, York, England. Undergraduate Cantab
Back Row (L-R): H.F.Ransome, C.H.Sample, J.G.Tait, C.H.Newman, P.M.Lucas, B.C.Burton, C.H.Ware. Middle Row: C.J.B.Milne, E.A.Douglas, C.J.B.Marriott, R.M.Pattison. Front Row: J.F.Gibbons, J.L.Templer, H.G.Fuller, W.M.MacLeod, A.R.Don Wanchope

Above the Cambridge University XV of 1882 with Clifton RFC player Herbert George Fuller.

Back Row (L-R): G.B.Guthrie, W.P.Richardson, R.Threlfall, J.Lees, B.C.Burton, E.W.Chillcott. Middle Row: E.B.Brutton, H.G.Fuller. Front Row: E.A.Douglas, H.F.Ransome, C.J.B.Milne, C.J.B.Marriott, W.B.Salmon, G.L.Colbourne, C.H.Sample

Above the Cambridge University XV of 1883 with Clifton RFC player Herbert George Fuller.

A popular coach in Cambridge. Sometime Pro-Proctor and Secretary to the Lodging House.

He moved overseas in 1884-1886, when he returned to be elected president of Cambridge University RFC in 1885. His bald pate was so conspicuous in the scrums and rucks that he is said to have invented the scrum cap. The 1894 book "Football - The Rugby Union Game" by Rev F Marshall (Editor) says that he invented and patented an ear-cap.

Standing (L-R): A.N.Hornby, F.W.Burnand, W.Cail, J.W.H.Thorp, A.Budd, F.I.Currey, H.Fuller, F.H.Fox, G.F.Berney, R.Westray, J.H.Payne, A.B.Perkins, B.Kilner.Centre Row, Seated: H.L.Ashmore, H.W.T.Garnett, G.Rowland-Hill, J.Maclaren, J.H.S.Marcarther,. Front Row, seated: T.M.Swinburne, S.E.Sleigh, M.Newsome, R.S.Whalley.

Above the RFU Committee of 1890-91 with Herbert George Fuller and Arthur Budd.

The 1891 census has him living in Redcliffe, Shanklin, IOW as a University Lecturer aged 34.

He died on 2nd January 1896 in Streatham, London aged only 39. His obituray appeared in The Times on 4th January 1896 and said

FULLER.- on 2nd Jan., 1896 at residence of his brother, Winfield, Mount Nod Road, Streatham, S.W., from cerebral tumour, HERBERT GEORGE FULLER, M.A., of St. Peters College and 1 Mill Lane, Cambridge, aged 39, deeply mourned. The Funeral will take place at Lansdown Cemetery, Bath on Tuesday, 7th inst., at 3pm.

Above Fuller's grave at Lansdown Cemetery