Les Sheard

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Les Sheard
Personal information
Full nameLeslie Sheard
Bornc.1945 (age 7576)
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1969–71 Wakefield RFC
Rugby league
Position Fullback, Centre
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1970–72 Castleford 90102
1972–80 Wakefield Trinity 1713150103
1980–81 York 3311
1981–82 Huddersfield
Total2134260105
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
Yorkshire
1975 England 10000
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
1981≥81 Huddersfield
Source: [1] [2] [3]

Leslie "Les" Sheard (born c.1945) is an English former rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s, and coached rugby league in the 1980s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Wakefield RFC, [4] and representative level rugby league (RL) for England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Castleford (Heritage № 539), [5] [6] [7] Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 777), York (captain), and Huddersfield, as a fullback, or centre, i.e. number 1, or, 2 or 5, and coached club level rugby league for Huddersfield.

Contents

Background

Les Sheard worked as a school teacher, and as of 2009 he lives in Devon. [8]

Playing career

International honours

Les Sheard won a cap for England (RL) while at Wakefield Trinity in 1975 against Wales. [2]

County honours

Les Sheard won cap(s) for Yorkshire while at Wakefield Trinity.

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Les Sheard played fullback in Wakefield Trinity's 3–12 defeat by Widnes in the 1979 Challenge Cup Final during the 1978–79 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 5 May 1979, in front of a crowd of a crowd of 94,218. [9]

County Cup Final appearances

Les Sheard played as an interchange/substitute, i.e. number 14, (replacing fullback Geoffrey Wraith) in Wakefield Trinity's 2-7 defeat by Leeds in the 1973 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 20 October 1973, and played fullback in the 13-16 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1974 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 26 October 1974.

Club career

Les Sheard made his début for Wakefield Trinity during March 1972, he appears to have scored no drop-goals (or field-goals as they are currently known in Australasia), but prior to the 1974–75 season all goals, whether; conversions, penalties, or drop-goals, scored 2-points, consequently prior to this date drop-goals were often not explicitly documented, therefore '0' drop-goals may indicate drop-goals not recorded, rather than no drop-goals scored.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maurice Bamford
1980–1981
Coach
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Huddersfield

1981–1982
Succeeded by
Brian Lockwood
1984