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Edward Jackett

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEdward John•Jackett
Used nameEdward•Jackett
Born4 July 1878 in Falmouth, Cornwall, England (GBR)
Died11 November 1935 in Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough, England (GBR)
AffiliationsCornwall RFU, (GBR) / Falmouth RFC, Falmouth (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

John Jackett was the son of Thomas Jackett, a Falmouth yacht builder. As a youth, John ran away to South Africa and joined the Cape Mounted Police and it was during his time there that he learned to play rugby with the De Beers team. His mother bought him out of the police and he returned to Falmouth to play rugby for his home-town team and also helped out Plymouth and Devonport Albion. He started out as a half-back for Cornwall before switching position to become the finest full-back in the country. He captained the county from 1904 and went on to win 52 Cornwall caps. After a move to Leicester in 1905 he won the first of his 13 England caps against the touring New Zealanders at Crystal Palace in December 1905. The following December he played against the touring South Africans. His last cap was against Scotland at Richmond in March 1909. Jackett captained the Cornwall team that beat Durham at Redruth to win the 1908 County Championship for the fist time; his brother Dick was also in the side.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Rugby (Rugby) GBR Edward Jackett
Rugby, Men (Olympic) Cornwall 2 Silver

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