Thomas Sherren Whittaker

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Thomas Sherren Whittaker
Birth name Thomas Sherren Whittaker
Date of birth 26 January 1868
Place of birth Beckenham, England
Date of death 8 February 1914
Place of death Broadstairs, England
School Rugby School
University Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation(s) barrister
Rugby union career
Senior career
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1891 British Isles XV 3 (1)

Thomas Sherren Whittaker (26 January 1868 – 8 February 1914) [1] was an English rugby union forward who was a member of the British Isles XV that toured South Africa in 1891. Whittaker was also an original member of invitational touring team, the Barbarians

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.

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 2009 Test series was lost 1–2 to South Africa, while the 2013 Test series was won 2–1 over Australia. The most recent series, the 2017 series against New Zealand, was drawn 1-1.

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Personal life

Whittaker was born in Beckenham, Kent in 1868 to Thomas Earle and Francis Jane Whittaker. He was educated at Rugby School before matriculating to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1887. [1] On 12 June 1888 he began his legal career when he was admitted at the Middle Temple, and in 1890 he was awarded his BA. He was called to the Bar in 1892. At the time of his death in 1914, he was a Barrister of Law, with a practice at Temple in London and a private residence on Callis-Court Road in Broadstairs, Kent. [2]

Beckenham area in the London Borough of Bromley

Beckenham is a post town and district of London in the London Borough of Bromley, England. It borders Beckenham Place Park and Bellingham in the London Borough of Lewisham and is centred 8.4 miles (13.5 km) south east of Charing Cross. Historically part of Kent, Beckenham was, until the coming of the railway in 1857, a small village, with most of its land being rural and private parkland. John Cator and his family began the building of villas which led to a rapid increase in population, between 1850 and 1900, from 2,000 to 26,000. Housing and population growth has continued at a lesser pace since 1900.

Rugby School independent school in the United Kingdom

Rugby School is a day and boarding co-educational independent school in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. Founded in 1567 as a free grammar school for local boys, it is one of the oldest independent schools in Britain. Up to 1667, the school remained in comparative obscurity. Its re-establishment by Thomas Arnold during his time as Headmaster, from 1828 to 1841, was seen as the forerunner of the Victorian public school. It is one of the original seven Great Nine Public Schools defined by the Clarendon Commission of 1864. Rugby School was also the birthplace of Rugby football. In 1845, three Rugby School pupils produced the first written rules of the "Rugby style of game".

Trinity College, Cambridge constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England

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Rugby career

Whittaker with the first touring Barbarians. Whittaker is back row, second from left Barbarians FC April 1891.jpg
Whittaker with the first touring Barbarians. Whittaker is back row, second from left

Despite Whittaker attending Rugby School, whose members filled the ranks of Cambridge University rugby club, there is no record of Whittaker playing for the University team. On the year he graduated from University, Whittaker is recorded as representing Manchester Rugby Club, and during the same year was invited by Percy Carpmael to join the very first Barbarian team.

Cambridge University R.U.F.C. rugby union club of the University of Cambridge

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Manchester Rugby Club

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William Percy Carpmael British rugby union player

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In 1891, Whittaker was approached to join Bill Maclagan's British Isles team on their first sanctioned overseas rugby union tour, played in South Africa. Whitaker played in 17 matches of the tour including all three Tests against the South African national team. In the First Test, at Port Elizabeth, Whittaker scored his one and only international try, in the 4-0 victory over the Springboks. In total Whittaker amassed seven tries over the tour, including two tries in the 22-0 win over Port Elizabeth in the sixth game. [3]

Bill Maclagan Scottish rugby union player

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South Africa national rugby union team national sports team

The South Africa national rugby union team, commonly known as the Springboks, is governed by the South African Rugby Union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts, and their emblems are the Springbok and the King Protea. The team has been representing South Africa in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team.

Try way of scoring points in rugby league and rugby union football

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Notes

  1. 1 2 "Whittaker, Thomas Sherren (WHTR887TS)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. Notice of death The London Gazette 14 August 1914 gazettes-online.co.uk
  3. Thomas Whittaker player profile lionsrugby.com

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