Former Hampshire and RFU President LeRoy Angel has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours list.
Born in Winchester, LeRoy started playing rugby at Kings' School at the age of 11 and on leaving joined Winchester RFC, where he is still a member. He was also a member of Alresford RFC.
He played in Winchester's first XV for some 600 appearances until retiring with a knee injury aged 33 and was club captain from 1973 – 75. He also played county rugby for Hampshire, the first County Championship match being against Sussex in 1968, which Hampshire won, and the last against Eastern Counties in 1976, which Hampshire lost. With 26 caps, he became the most capped Hampshire three quarter since World War II and remains the most capped wing three quarter.
LeRoy has given 35 years of voluntary service to the game at local, regional and national level and was until June 2015 Chairman of the Rugby Football Union Foundation Trust (RFF), which offers grants and loans to enable clubs to apply for funding for facilities.
The former Hampshire wing became an accomplished administrator and turned his architectural training to the service of rugby, playing a key role in advising the RFU on its development of Twickenham Stadium’s four stands since 1987, including the re-building of the South Stand.
RFU President Jason Leonard said that the honour recognises "service to club, county and country over many years" and is a "testament to that selfless giving" as "rugby and sport relies on such servants (as) great examples to us all.”