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Bev Risman

Bev Risman
Personal information
Full name Augustus Beverley Walter Risman
Born November 1937 (age 78)
Salford, Lancashire, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Fly Half
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1959–61 England 8
1959 British Lions 4
Rugby league
Position Stand-off, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1966–70 Leeds 164 611
Total 164 0 611 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Great Britain 5 2 17 0 40
England 1 2 0 0
Source: RLP

Augustus Beverley Walter Risman OBE (born 23 November 1937 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a former rugby union and rugby league footballer, a dual-code international, who later became a coach.

Son of rugby league legend Gus Risman, Bev played rugby union at fly-half for the English national side (8 Test appearances) and for the British Lions (4 Test appearances). His international representative debut was made in 1959 for England against Wales. His last international rugby union appearance was in 1961.

Switching codes he played for Leigh, Leeds and Lancashire. He won both the Challenge Cup and Championship with Leeds and represented Great Britain in 5 Test appearances. He captained the Great Britain squad in the 1968 Rugby League World Cup where he earned three of his rugby league Test caps.

Bev Risman played Fullback in Leigh's 4-15 defeat by St. Helens in the 1963 Lancashire Cup final during the 1963–64 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 26 October 1963.

Bev Risman played Fullback in Leeds' 11-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1968 Challenge Cup "Watersplash" final during the 1967–68 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1968.

Bev Risman played Fullback, and scored 5-Conversions in Leeds' 22-11 victory over Castleford in the 1968 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1968–69 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 19 October 1968.

After retiring he became involved in coach education, the development of the game in the South of England and the organisation of student rugby league. He was inducted to the rugby league Roll of Honour in 2005, and was elected President of the Rugby Football League in 2010.[1] He was replaced by Jim Hartley in 2011.[2]

Risman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to rugby league.[3]

Genealogical information

Bev Risman is the son of the rugby league footballer Gus Risman, the older brother of the rugby league footballer John Risman, and the father of John M. Risman (birth registered during January→March 1965 (age 50–51) in Leigh, Lancashire), who was the first open double Blue, he achieved his double (Dark) Blue while at the University of Oxford, in the both the Rugby Union Varsity, and the 1984 Rugby League Varsity Matches,[4] and Michael Adam Risman (birth registered during April→June 1968 (age 47–48) in Bradford district).


  1. ^ Morgan, Martin (13 July 2010). "Bev Risman elected president of Rugby Football League". Workington Times and Star. 
  2. ^ "Past RFL Presidents".  
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 12. 31 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Oxford University RLFC - History". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

External links

  • England Statistics at
  • Great Britain Statistics at
  • Statistics at
  • Profile at
  • – article at league's generation game
  • Statistics at
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