Former England rugby captain Pullin dies

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Former England hooker John Pullin, the first captain of a European side to beat all of the Southern Hemisphere rugby giants New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, has died at the age of 79.

Pullin earned 42 England caps between 1966 and 1976, and seven for the British & Irish Lions, in South Africa in 1968 and on the historic and triumphant tour in New Zealand in 1971.

He was also the England captain who took the team to Ireland in 1973, a year after both Wales and Scotland declined to play their Five Nations fixtures in Dublin against the backdrop of the 'Troubles'.

Despite a poor performance, resulting in an 18-9 loss, England received a prolonged and moving ovation at Lansdowne Road.

"We're not much good but at least we turned up," Pullin famously quipped at the post-match dinner.

A farmer throughout his working life, Pullin also scored 11 tries in 298 appearances for Bristol before hanging up his boots in 1978.