|Born:||October 12, 1924|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died:||August 8, 2011 86) (aged|
Oxnard, California, United States
|1943–1944||Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950|
|Awards||Jeff Russel Trophy (1949)|
|Honors||Grey Cup champion - 1945, 46, 47, 52|
Royal Copeland (October 12, 1924 – August 8, 2011) was a Canadian football running back who played at the elite level from 1943 to 1956.
Copeland won four Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts. He became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Along with Joe Krol they were known as the Gold Dust Twins . Copeland is the only player to score a touchdown in three consecutive Grey Cup games: 1945, 1946, and 1947.
During the Second World War when the Argonaut football operations were suspended, Royal Copeland played in the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) in 1943 with Toronto Navy HMCS York.
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