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John Burgess
Birth nameJohn Burgess
Date of birth(1924-11-08)8 November 1924
Place of birthSalford, England
Date of death3 May 1997(1997-05-03) (aged 72)
UniversitySalford Technical College
Rugby union career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Old Salfordians Rugby Union team
Broughton Park RUFC
Teams coached
Years Team
Lancashire rugby team

John Burgess (8 November 1924 – 3 May 1997) was an English rugby union player and coach.[1]

Early life and career

Burgess was born in Salford, England on 8 November 1924. He graduated from the Salford Technical College with a degree in electrical engineering.

Burgess coached the Lancashire rugby team between 1968 – 1973 and the England national rugby union team between 18 January 1975 – 31 May 1975.

Prior to his coaching career, Burgess played for the Old Salfordians Rugby Union team and the Broughton Park RUFC.

Burgess served as President of the Rugby Football Union between 1987 – 1988.[2]

John Burgess England coaching record
Dates from – to Tests Won Drawn Lost Win percentage
18 January 1975 – 31 May 1975 6 1 0 5 17


Burgess studied at Salford Technical College for a degree in electrical engineering.[3]


  1. ^ "obituary: John Burgess". The Independent. 4 January 1997. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  2. ^ Cambridge Scholars Publishing. "The Changing Face of Rugby, The Union Game and Professionalism since 1995". cambridgescholars.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "obituary: John Burgess". The Independent. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2021.