This week’s episode talks to Peter Harvey, the former England schoolboys’ rugby union captain and St Helens centre/stand-off of the 1960s, about his life in rugby. Peter grew up watching rugby league in St Helens, but he passed his 11+ exam and went to grammar school, where he began playing rugby union. He played for Lancashire and captained England schoolboys, before signing for St Helens and becoming a central part of the great Saints side of the mid-1960s. This is a fascinating insight into one man’s journey through rugby and the British class system.
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