Former England Rugby Player Andy Ripley Dies of Cancer at 62

Former England international Andy Ripley has died from prostate cancer at the age of 62.

Back row forward Ripley won 24 caps for England in the 1970s and was part of the successful British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 1974.

An all-round athlete, and a qualified yachtsman, he won the BBC’s Superstars television series in 1980.

Ripley recently received an OBE for services to sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The award was announced on 12 June, but Ripley collected it last month because his illness was so advanced.

Remarkably Ripley did not start playing rugby until he was 19 years-old, spending his entire career at Rosslyn Park, before retiring at 41.

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