Bill and Josh Beaumont revel in Barbarians win

  • Josh emulates father with Twickenham appearance 
  • Sunday also sees Bill Beaumont trophy decided

A hard-fought loss for their native Lancashire could not dampen a fantastic family occasion for the Beaumont family on Sunday at Twickenham.

Josh marked his maiden appearance in the senior England set-up with one of 10 tries in a 73-12 thrashing of the Barbarians, lasting the entire 80 minutes at No 8.

With father Bill watching from the stands, it was a fitting way to end what has been an excellent campaign for the young Sale Shark.

“I’m feeling a bit tired, but it’s been a really good week,” smiled the 23 year-old afterwards.

“We gelled quickly out there on the pitch to score some good tries out there.”

Josh was on hand to grab the England XV’s eighth score of a clinical performance, latching onto a through-the-legs pass from London Irish playmaker Shane Geraghty and loping across the line.

Though his outstanding international career featured a Grand Slam in 1980 and captaincy of the British and Irish Lions, Bill did not manage a try at Twickenham in 16 Tests at the venue.

Understandably proud, he conceded bragging rights.

“To see him play here, he’s had a great season.

“He missed most of last season with injury so to come back and cap it all by being selecting and scoring under the sticks – it’s not bad at all.

“[For tries at Twickenham] I’m one-nil down. I think that’s the way it’ll stay.”

This weekend also brought the County Championship finals to the home of England Rugby, Cornwall overcoming Lancashire in the premier competition – the Bill Beaumont Cup.

Born in Chorley, the RFU Chairman was a stalwart of Fylde RFC and represented the Red Rose for a decade.

Even so, he paid tribute to Cornwall, “worthy winners” who brought vast and vocal support from the South West to watch their 18-3 triumph.

One priority of Stuart Lancaster since he took the reins as England Head Coach in early 2012 has been to make sure his players are aware of the heritage and significance of representing their country.

While Josh was born a full decade after the last of Bill’s 34 caps, an impressive family history has never been lost on him.

“I actually said that yesterday to the lads,” Josh finished.

“I’ve grown up aware of what playing for England meant to my dad so it was great to get out here in the white jersey.”