John Critchfield

I was very sad to hear the news about Damian. I first met him when I first joined the Colts team run by Dave Inwood and Stuart Laird in 1977. I remember that he was the first person to buy me a beer at the club. I know that it’s a small thing but it made a big impression on me at the time and was typical of him. He was a lovely bloke who had time for everyone. He was also a terrific rugby player who seemed to know no fear on the rugby pitch or on tour. He was the first ex-Colt to make the first team, where he played with distinction for many years. He was also an inspiring captain and great to play for when he led the second team. I am not surprised, given his input, that the minis have done so well.

It was a privilege to have known Damian and to have played rugby with him. As Piers says, he represented everything that is great about the game of rugby football.