Arise Sir Bill: the Queen honours a Rugby Union legend

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Former England rugby union captain Bill Beaumont said he felt "very humble and honoured" after collecting his knighthood from the Queen.

The 66-year-old Lancastrian, who is recognised for services to rugby, joins fellow rugby knights such as England's 2003 World Cup-winning mastermind Sir Clive Woodward, former Scotland coach Sir Ian McGeechan and former Wales scrum-half Sir Gareth Edwards.

Sir Bill led England to a Five Nations Grand Slam in 1980 and also captained the British and Irish Lions.He has served as Rugby Football Union (RFU) chairman and was elected chairman of World Rugby in 2016.

He told the Queen he sees a great deal of her grandchildren and her daughter the Princess Royal at the games.

Sir Bill won 34 caps for England and was skipper on 21 occasions during an international career that spanned seven years.