Former England captain John Pullin has died aged 79 after a long illness.

Pullin's international career spanned a decade from 1966 and his 49 caps included seven Test starts for the Lions in New Zealand and South Africa, highlighted by the famous 1971 series victory over the All Blacks.

A hooker who was respected for his strength and scrummaging, he scored a try in England's first victory over South Africa in 1969 and three years later he led an unbeaten tour to the same country that climaxed in a victory over the Springboks.

He was also at the helm for victories over New Zealand in Auckland and Australia at Twickenham in 1972.

A farmer throughout his working life, he made his Bristol debut in 1964 and 297 appearances later he finally hung up his boots in 1978.