Rugby Union

'An Unbelievable Man': Former Barbarians Player Remembers Micky Steele-Bodger

David Barnes worked closely with Steele-Bodger during his career.

Former Barbarians player David Barnes has paid tribute to Micky Steele-Bodger who passed away recently.

Steele-Bodger played a part in the creation of the Combined Services occasion and Barnes played in their first ever fixture in 1997.

The two men worked closely together for six years in the Barbarians set up and Bodger says the former RFU President “is a huge loss to the sport because of who he was.”

Speaking at the RFU Museum located inside Twickenham Stadium, Barnes was full of nice words for Steele-Bodger.

He said: “I doubt there will be anyone quite like Micky who will grace our game again. He was an unbelievable man.

"I think the early descriptions of him when he played international rugby was that he was far too small but in terms of character and personality, he is one of the biggest I’ve ever met."

One of the biggest strengths of Steele-Bodger, according to Barnes, was his knowledge of rugby.

“He knew everything about the sport. He lived and breathed the sport.

“He understood all aspects of rugby and would quite happily give you his views. What he brought to the game was to enjoy it on the field and also off of it.”

Barnes also spoke at length about the link between the club and the military saying: “The Barbarians have a really strong relationship with Forces Rugby that goes back to the Mobbs Memorial match.

“In 1997, when we first started playing the Combined Services match, it was always the closest Saturday to the memorial day.

“Micky was a driving force behind that.

"He wanted to create something to recognise the amount of military personnel who have played for the Barbarians and really strengthen those links with the forces."