Grahame Budge

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Grahame Morris Budge (born 7 November 1920 in Hamiota, Manitoba - died 14 November 1979 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) was a Scotland rugby player. He played 4 times for Scotland and once for the British Isles against New Zealand. [1]

Hamiota, Manitoba town in Manitoba, Canada

Hamiota is an unincorporated urban community in the Hamiota Municipality within the Canadian province of Manitoba that held town status prior to January 1, 2015. It is located on Provincial Trunk Highway 21 midway between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Yellowhead Highway.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.

Scotland national rugby union team

The Scotland national rugby union team is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The team takes part in the annual Six Nations Championship and participates in the Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years. As of 18 March 2019, Scotland are 7th in the World Rugby Rankings.

He played for various clubs, which included Dunbar RFC, where the club's historian, from a later generation, would record him as being a local lad who played for Dunbar RFC both before and after the Second World War before moving on to play for Edinburgh Wanderers, later still Scotland and finally he was called up for the British Lions in the same year as for Scotland, in 1950. [2]

Dunbar RFC is an amateur rugby club based in Dunbar, East Lothian. Founded in 1923 they play their homes games at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre, where they moved to in 2001 along with the local football team Dunbar United F.C. and the local hockey, running and squash clubs. They currently compete in the East Regional League Division One.

Murrayfield Wanderers RFC

Murrayfield Wanderers Football Club is a rugby union side based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This tour was notable for being the first of the British and Irish Lions tours to occur after The Second World War (the previous tour was in 1938) and the first in which the British and Irish visitors wore red. For around 30 years the standard shirt was a now relatively unfamiliar but then famous navy blue design. [3]

British and Irish Lions rugby union team

The British & Irish Lions is a rugby union team selected from players eligible for any of the Home Nations – the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The Lions are a Test side and generally select international players, but they can pick uncapped players available to any one of the four unions. The team currently tours every four years, with these rotating among Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The most recent series, the 2017 series against New Zealand, was drawn 1-1.

Budge was not unique in being an individual who played for a Canadian club and the Lions. As an aside, in his case at one point he played for the British Columbia Bears, sometimes known as the BC Bears. Rather, three other players also fulfill this criteria. None of these men played for Wales or Ireland, but two played for Scotland at international level and the other two for England, before they all played for the Lions.

BC Bears

The British Columbia Bears are the senior men's representative rugby team for British Columbia. They were founded in 2009 to compete in the Americas Rugby Championship against other representative teams from Canada, Argentina, and the United States. In their inaugural season, the Bears went undefeated in round robin play against other Canadian teams and only fell to the Argentina Jaguars in the ARC Final.

Budge was unique, however, in having played for the Lions and having been born in Canada. [4]

His granddaughter, Alison Christie, played 61 times for Scotland between 1994-2004 [5]

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