Sir William Beaumont is a former rugby union player, and was captain of the England rugby union team, earning 34 caps, then a record for a lock. He took over as England captain in Paris in 1978. He was an inspiring captain of the North of England, whom he led to victory over the All Blacks in 1979, and also of England, who won their first Grand Slam for 23 years in 1980.
He toured Australia in 1975, Japan, Fiji and Tonga in 1979, and Argentina in 1981 with England. He played 15 times for the Barbarians, including the match against the All Blacks in 1978. He retired from rugby in 1982 on medical advice from doctors, due to successive concussions.
Since retirement, Bill has became a regular contestant on the BBC quiz show A Questions of Sport, eventually becoming the show's second longest-serving captain (14 years in total), only being surpassed by fellow Rugby Union player Matt Dawson in 2018.
He was Chairman of the Rugby Football Union from 2012 to 2016 and has been Chairman of World Rugby since 2016. He is also the managing director of his family's textile business in Lancashire, which is the only remaining textile manufacturer in Chorley.