The Liverpool item was England’s most-topped wing with 31 appearances when he played his last Test in 1984. Former England and British and Irish Lions wing Mike Slemen has passed on at 69 years old. Liverpool-conceived Slemen was a piece of England’s 1980 Grand Slam-winning side.

Mike Slemen visited South Africa with the Lions soon thereafter, both under the captaincy of Bill Beaumont. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Ex England and British and Irish Lions wing Mike Slemen pass away, aged 69
Ex England and British and Irish Lions wing Mike Slemen pass away, aged 69

Bill Beaumont:

World Rugby administrator Beaumont drove the tributes to Slemen. Telling englandrugby.com: “He (Slemen) was an extraordinary rugby player and an incredible all-around athlete.

He gave such a great amount to the game in his playing days. As a club and England mentor and as an executive of the game at Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby. He will be a lot of missed as somebody whose liberal soul and extraordinary physicality graced our game.

“Our contemplations are with his significant other, Eileen, and his family.”

Slemen was taught at St Edward’s College, Liverpool. He made his England debut against Ireland at Twickenham in March 1976. He was a piece of the Northern Division group who beat the All Blacks 21-9 at Otley in 1979. Group had a pivotal job in the game’s unequivocal attempt.

Ex England and British and Irish Lions wing Mike Slemen pass away, aged 69
Ex England and British and Irish Lions wing Mike Slemen pass away, aged 69

Slemen’s running capacity and change of pace were compelling as England finished a 23-year hang tight for Grand Slam greatness in 1980. Ten of England’s Grand Slam crew visited South Africa with the Lions that late spring and Slemen began the 26-22 first Test rout in Cape Town.

Slemen’s last Test was against Scotland at Murrayfield in March 1984, by which time he was England’s most-topped wing with 31 appearances. He resigned in 1986 and proceeded to mentor previous club Liverpool, at that point known as Liverpool St Helens.

Slemen later joined England set up, instructing the backs as a component of Geoff Cooke’s supervisory crew, and worked at Orrell.

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